Are you looking to hire a Shopify designer? We’re your team! While it would be pretty out there to say that we’re the best Shopify web designers in the world, I’ve gotten us to a point where I feel pretty calm claiming that we’re the best Shopify designers for creative, design-based businesses. There’s just no one out there who is doing what we do at the consistently high and thorough level of service that we provide. It’s the thing I’m most proud of (sorry, kids, you’re number two on the list), and what I spend all my work time on!
Here is a quick peek at our clients’ recent launches, and at what we’re working on this winter. These motivated creative businesses include: five gift and jewelry shops, three clothing shops, two stationery designers, two housewares designers, two dog apparel brands, a party shop, a bath & body brand, a toy designer, a doll maker, a planner designer, a fine art gallery, an interior design studio, and a sewing studio.
It is such an honor and a delight to be able to work with such creative, ambitious, and dedicated business owners. I think you’ll like them, too!
We will write about these projects in more detail in the upcoming weeks, but for now, I wanted to give you the rundown of what work we’ve finished and what we’re beginning now.
These ones are totally done!
Design block five at Aeolidia has wrapped up, and block one of 2017 is underway. Some of our logo clients from block 5 are having a website built, and the others are new to us this block. I’d like to show off the inspiring brands that are ready to put their plans into action and achieve their goals now! Here are the projects we’ve recently completed:
Status: Project complete, website launched! Visit: JillianMaddie Paperie
We created a website that shows off JillianMaddie’s wonderful assortment of paper and party products. JillianMaddie’s story is told through an airy layout, bright photography and happy details. The homepage invites customers to shop, with its top categories and products clearly highlighted. Customers can refine category listings by color and occasion, two important details to the seasoned party thrower. Making the purchase is easy as pie with clean product page.
Congratulations on your new business, Holly!
Status: Project complete, website launched! Visit: Petit Collage
Petit Collage is an established brand with a well-recognized aesthetic. We created a website befitting of the modern, sustainable brand. The homepage, while packed with information, doesn’t overwhelm its customers. They can shop by age, price, theme, or category. Or they can explore Petit Collage’s top-selling products with various homepage features, including a slideshow and a simple but sweet video. The feature-rich site includes a “quick view” item option and a helpful store locator.
Make the best of this fresh up to date incarnation of your online home, Petit Collage!
June & January
Client: Amy Richardson-Golia
Project: Custom Shopify website
Status: Project complete, website launched! Visit: June & January
Design-wise, it helped that we have worked with them for ages and so aesthetically it was pretty easy to get them where they needed to go. This project was about functionality:
- Allowing customers to begin shopping straight from the home page
- Making it easy to determine what colors/sizes are available
- Integrating the site more closely with Instagram
- Making it easier for mobile shoppers to add products and make it through checkout
Congrats on your new site, Amy! Send those sales numbers through the roof!
Status: Project complete, website launched! Visit: Gather Here
The Gather Here team needed a shiny new website to match their fantastic new stitch lounge in Cambridge, MA. We delivered a modern, uncluttered, user-friendly site that still feels warm and inviting, with nods to hand crafts (sewing, knitting, and the like) sprinkled throughout. We built upon their existing red and gray color palette by introducing a friendly blue tone used throughout, and created a sleek new online shop and class calendar for crafters to find anything their yarn-shaped hearts may desire.
Best wishes building community both online and off, Virginia & Noah!
Status: Project complete, website launched! Visit: Paperwand
Neesha hired us for a complete relaunch with these specific goals in mind: she wanted a delightful brand that clearly communicates her message, creates an immediate emotional connection to her customer, and a happy experience that makes them think “Yes, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for!” Sarah’s design incorporated a hand-drawn, custom font paired with a shining star that mirrors PaperWand’s sense of wonder, magic and wishfulness. The starburst made for a beautiful, iconic PW monogram.
Enjoy the fresh start, Neesha!
Status: Project complete, website launched! Visit: Lovewild Design
Sierra and the Lovewild Design team came to us for a website makeover that better showcased their point of view and quality products. We designed a contemporary Shopify site that reorganized her existing products into easy-to-shop categories. Visually, we integrated existing elements from their handmade products, including Sierra’s whimsical illustrations, to really bring Lovewild’s personality to the forefront (without clutter). The neutral colors in combination with sage green and yellow ochre accents echo the color palette of their botanical inspirations and help communicate the natural aspect of Lovewild’s products. Overall, we created a site that improved shopability, all the while showcasing the spirit that makes Lovewild Design unique!
Best wishes building up the retail portion of your business, Sierra!
Harvest Paper Co.
Status: The final touches are going on right now, and Sam will be sharing her new name and brand identity design soon!
These ones have moved to the next phase
We were hard at work on these projects on block 5, and now we’re moving right along with the next step through early 2017.
Status: Site designed and in development
Sometimes a business owner comes along and you can see that they have all the elements needed to achieve their goals: 1) a deep understanding of their brand and what differentiates it from others, 2) a natural connection with their perfect customers, and 3) a strong work ethic. If we’re going to do it, let’s do it right! Alon, Yael, and their Aeolidians are in perfect agreement on this, and I cannot wait to see where they take it.
Client: Cathy Zwicker and Torie Nguyen
Status: Site designed and will be in development in early 2017
Crafty Wonderland is a brick and mortar retail shop in downtown Portland as well as a twice yearly large scale art + craft market that happens at the Oregon Convention Center. The shop is unique in that it only sells goods made by Portland artists – currently about 200 artists are represented. The Art + Craft Market has about 250+ artists from all over the country that set up and sell their goods directly to the public.
The new design by Christine on our team design highlights *all* the facets of Crafty Wonderland— Now, customers will be able to learn more about the events that are coming up, visit the brick & mortar store, and make purchases of Portland made goods once they’ve left the fine city of Portland. This one is good!!
Status: Brand identity designed, beginning website design in block 2
This is going to be a stunning transformation, and I really can’t wait to share it all! With a new name, gorgeous new brand identity, new packaging, and professional photos, the “before and after” on this one is going to be a thrill! Bonnie puts such care and love into her products and business, and it’s really going to look like it when we’re through with our work. It’s been such a joy to make plans for this loving, healing business.
Living Well Spending Less
Status: Site designed and in development
There is nothing we like more at Aeolidia than a problem to solve, and a busy business to untangle. Ruth’s blog and brand have grown and grown over the years, leaving her with a confusing mishmash of a website with a blog and shop that aren’t really “speaking” to each other. There is so much great information on there that is getting lost, and the tools to purchase to simplify your life, well… aren’t simple to find! Taking Ruth’s WordPress site and making it work together in harmony with her Shopify shop has been a delightful challenge, and we’re excited to see how many more sales will result once things have been cleaned, cleared, and simplified!
Status: brand identity and packaging will be completed during Block 1
Samantha has been working hard building a solid foundation for her brand, and it’s been our pleasure to breathe life into it with graphic design. With a new name, new look, and every detail accounted for, there’s nowhere Sam won’t be able to go with her business!
Status: Site designed and in development
How fun is it to design a website with these cute puppy faces staring back at you? It’s been really fun! We’re hard at work making sure Feri’s perfect customer will relate to the design and look of the brand and site, and find it easy to pick the perfect accessory for her posh pup! With an innovative product and the readiness to invest in the necessary design work to show it off, Feri should have no problem converting interested browsers into satisfied customers. Woof!
Cactus Fine Art
Status: Brand identity designed, beginning website design this block
We always love getting in on the ground floor and being able to dream big for a new brand from the very start. The logo for Cactus is absolutely lovely, and now we’re planning for the best online shopping experience for their art gallery.
Client: Dani Barbe
Project: Brand Identity, Custom Shopify website, copywriting
Current site: Dani Barbe
Status: Brand identity designed, beginning website design
We called in Christine to update, refine, and extend Dani’s existing brand, and now we’re tackling a beautiful new website to establish her as a serious professional, with a site that’s as easy to use as it is gorgeous. This one is going to look amazing!
These ones have just begun
Getting started with block 1, I’m thrilled to introduce you to these inspiring businesses. See where they’re at now, and check back with us in a couple of months to see their transformations!
Well Dressed Wolf
Client: Sarah Lemoine & Shannon Caserta
Project:Brand Identity, Custom Shopify website, copywriting
Current site: Well Dressed Wolf (new site scheduled to launch in June)
Well Dressed Wolf is a business that felt like an iconic Aeolidia-type business from the moment she contacted me. We’re enjoying refining Sarah’s brand and sub-brands and getting her ready to meet her goals.
Marketing is really something I love. I design children’s clothing but I have also done all of the graphic design and marketing and photography for our business up to this point. I truly love it, but I am wise enough to know how far my own skill can take our business. Even when things look pretty good from the outside, knowing the internal structure of our site isn’t as streamlined as it should be… bothers me. […] Right now we aren’t missing any sales. We sell all inventory that is offered and typically run short of demand. That said, we do want the business to grow without over saturating the market. This means increasing our fan base and slowly increasing production proportionally, keeping the limited feel while offering more product. Our offshoot brands will also help by providing a different (more comfortable, knit, everyday wear) product to customers that will not be as limited (and will be restocked as needed). The ideas are a lot to juggle, and I think working together would benefit us.
Client: Christina Platt
Project: Custom Shopify website, Marketing
Current site: Bamboletta (new site scheduled to launch in April)
Christina is one of our nearest and dearest clients from many many years ago! Our two businesses have been growing up alongside each other for ages, and now we’re so honored to jump back in with Christina and make her website a true joy to shop, that really reflects all the love and care she and her team put into their handmade dolls.
Client: Robyn Klauer
Project:Brand Identity, Custom Shopify website, copywriting, Marketing
Current site: Georgie Designs (new site scheduled to launch in June)
It’s a thrill being brought in when a successful business is seeing growing pains and needs a custom website that eliminates frustrations and can grow with them. Robyn told us:
I’ve been running this business for 10+ years. It’s been my full time job for 3 years. Etsy is very successful for me. On my website, my conversion rate is terrible. I think my website doesn’t look professional enough. I need a branding overhaul. I think with the high level of customization available to my customers, they are also overwhelmed with their choices. My dropdown menus and options are confusing and I’m not sure how to fix it. This is a known problem. Customers email me with questions all the time. So I can only imagine how many customers are just abandoning the idea all together.
My main concern is that when someone asks a Silly Buddy customer “where did you get that from?” that their answer is “Etsy.” We need to change this to “Silly Buddy” and this starts with our own beautiful website.
Benny & Lou
Benny & Lou will be an online retail destination for baby clothes and accessories. It will be focused on finding stylish and comfortable pieces made by small brands with high quality fabrics. Over the last few months, I’ve realized that there are little to no places online where you can shop these brands in one place. I see Benny & Lou as being a site where mothers, grandmothers, aunts, etc. know that they can find their baby/toddler clothes and gifts—a “go-to” destination for your child’s clothes.
The site will also be reflective of my style: classic and comfortable, but also stylish. The way I would want to be dressed if I could wear a onesie :)
Hester & Cook
We are known for our paper placemat pads, a gift industry trend we started. Ours are still the highest quality, best designed in the marketplace (maybe I am biased). In addition to the placemats, we also have paper table runners. I would say those two items are our most easily recognized, though our lighting is also a show-stopper. Our stationery is also growing in popularity. We have a strong line that is based around paintings from various local artists, so it does look distinctly different from a lot of other stationery brands. Everything we make is produced in the USA. Last but not least, we provide amazing customer service.
Nest Interior Design
Nest is 10 years old, and we have been growing each year. I feel what is holding us back is our inability to reach a broader audience with our unique design perspective and products. We have to work so hard to place each individual piece in a client’s project, we need our designs to be farther reaching. We need some of our sales to be easier :)
Our goal is to establish a web presence with a blog, interactive website and an e-commerce site. We would like to have a format that will cross-pollinate between social media, blog, website and the commerce site. We would like to hear your thoughts on how to increase visibility for site via our existing avenues and how to expand exponentially from there.
Client: Patricia Dunlap
Project: Business name brainstorming, Brand Identity, Custom Shopify website, copywriting, photography, Marketing
Current site: Tri-Elegance (new site scheduled to launch in June)
I launched my business initially on Etsy by opening my shop on October 7, 2012, primarily selling handmade cards. In 2014, I expanded my business to offering stationery and home goods using wood as the main source material and started my own e-commerce site on Shopify. My company is over four years old and experienced good growth. However, I am struggling to communicate my brand’s voice, tell my story and increase traffic to my Shopify store due to struggles with SEO and communicating a cohesive brand via a professionally made website. In addition, challenges include marketing on social media and improving my store’s views to sales conversion ratio.
My goal is to take my business and brand to the next level. To get it there, it’s time to invest in getting a professionally made website which clearly communicates my brand, mission, tell the story behind my company and product offerings including is optimized with good SEO.
Do any of these hard working business owners sound like you?
Your small but fast growing business is perfectly poised to make a big splash in online retail, and that’s exactly where Aeolidia loves to meet you. Our work is strategic, completely custom, and entirely goals-based. We like to get involved when we know our work can be transformative and cause exponential growth.
Ready? If you’re ready to move forward with your business, and to invest in some outside help, we would love to be your team. If you email today, we can get you into block 2 of 2017. Block 2, you ask?
Tell me more about this block system
Aeolidia schedules projects in a block system. This means that we have set up discrete blocks throughout the year, and all projects start at the same time, and launch by the same time. When you work with us, the block system will mean these things to you:
- You will know exactly when you will launch, and your launch date is guaranteed
- Your launch date will be strategic, based on your business’ important sales season
Each block is two months long, and you will be working with either a designer or a developer during a single block.
- A logo takes one block.
- A website design takes one block.
- Developing that website takes one block.
So each of our clients will need 1-3 blocks (2-6 months) to complete their project.
Here are our blocks for 2017:
- Block 1: January 2 – February 24
- Block 2: February 27 – April 21
- Block 3: March 24 – June 16
- Block 4: June 19 – August 18
- Block 5: August 21 – October 13
- Block 6: October 16 – December 15
When should you get started? We’d be glad to discuss that with you in detail, but a rough guideline is:
Want a logo and brand identity created in time for the National Stationery Show in May? We can design your logo and packaging in block 2 for an April 21st launch.
Need an impressive brand identity and compelling website for wholesalers to shop from by the NY NOW summer show this year? Get your logo designed in block 2, your website designed in block 3, and we’ll build it for you in block 4, in time to head to New York in August.
Planning to have everything ready for the holiday sales season? You’ll want to get started by block 3, in March. If you don’t need a logo, you could start in block 4, in June.
We book up early, and are glad to book you up to 18 months in advance. When we do that, you lock in our current prices. Please let me know if you’d be interested in telling us more about your retail goals and objectives so we can put together a custom proposal for you. If so, I have a wonderful questionnaire for you to fill out.
Not quite ready? If you’re not quite ready to do this work for your business (or you aren’t sure if you are or not), a great next step is to join our subscribers. Not only will I send you my best info about pushing your business to the next level, but you’ll be invited to our Facebook group, and be able to access all the free business building tools in our members area. Join here: