Aeolidia to the rescue!
Lisa Congdon is an artist and illustrator who does lots of things: she sell prints and products in two shops (one online and one brick & mortar in Portland, Oregon); she teaches online classes; she writes and illustrates books (which she also sells in her shops); she has a wholesale business; she licenses her work; she does custom illustration work for companies and non-profit organizations; and she does a lot of public speaking, mostly on creativity and art business topics.
Lisa started her business in 2007, and it’s grown exponentially since then. She has a huge online following and she’s worked for clients around the world including Comme des Garçons, Crate and Barrel, Facebook, MoMA, REI, and Harvard University among many others. While her company and client roster continued to grow, her website left something to be desired. All of her online sales took place via her Etsy shop, and she had a separate, information-only website. Her goal for working with Aeolidia was to create an ecommerce website that is easy to navigate and totally mobile friendly. She told us,
“Honestly, I have a really thriving business. I can barely keep up with the demand I have for business! I want to sustain that going into the future. Mostly, my goal is simply to have a beautiful and nicely organized site that is really easy for all my stakeholders (clients, customers, folks interested in having me speak, etc) to navigate to find what they need. I want it to reflect the friendliness of my brand.”
We’d been fans of Lisa’s work for years, and we were excited to work with her on this project!
Aeolidia to the rescue!
For Lisa Congdon’s custom Shopify website, designer Do-Hee Kim incorporated Lisa’s own illustrations and core brand colors to ensure the new website had plenty of punch and personality. Do-Hee also balanced that with white space and warm tones, keeping it clean, fresh, modern and easy-to-browse with Lisa’s art and products as the star. During the design process, Do-Hee told Lisa,
“Overall, my goal is to create a fresh, fun, immersive shopping experience for the LC website to inspire and engage your customers. I’ve always been inspired by your fun and bold art and I wanted to make sure that the website serves to showcase your products while being a modern and welcoming space.”
Partnering with Shopify developer Shoshanna Love, Do-Hee also layered in subtle load-animations on the new site to create a more contemporary, visually rich experience.
What Our Client Had to Say
I avoided creating a new website for a long time, even though I knew I needed one. When I finally decided to go for it, it was undoubtedly one of the largest projects I’d taken on in a long time. Over the almost half a year that we worked together to design and code my new website, Aeolidia worked to make the process as organized and simple as possible. Everyone on their team was kind, and eager to help me create the best website possible for my needs. We communicated almost daily around every aspect of the design and functioning of the site. They made the complicated aspects feel manageable. I’m so happy with my new site, and working with Aeolidia was worth every penny and minute of my time.
Lisa came to Aeolidia and presented us with the challenge of creating a site that consolidated all the various aspects of her work and business in a single, easy-to-use site. We wanted to highlight Lisa’s, illustration portfolio, her latest book tour/press updates, and most importantly, create a streamlined online shop that could support her growing online business. Visually, we, of course, had no shortage of inspiration. We showed restraint in the site’s palette and typography simple to create a clean canvas to showcase Lisa’s bold and colorful work but brought in Lisa’s signature illustrations for pops of personality throughout the site. The result is a home for all things Lisa Congdon site that is contemporary, fun, and easy to browse — a new and improved site that we know will serve both the Lisa Congdon team and customers alike!
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Lisa Congdon is a Portland, OR-based fine artist, illustrator and author known internationally for her colorful paintings and hand lettering. Her playful work is often recognized by its vibrant palettes and geometric patterns that are both quirky and uplifting.
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Overall Healthy Site
Lisa wasn’t using her website for sales before, so rather than tracking improvements when we looked at her new site’s stats post-project, we looked at overall site health. We saw an excellent conversion rate, which was particularly great on mobile. Her Instagram traffic was converting at 6% after launch, which is fantastic.
She has a strong average order value, and her visitor engagement is significantly better since adding ecommerce. She made a solid five figures in revenue in the first month post-launch! Considering her site was making zero before, that felt like a great ROI, and we can’t wait to see how the site performs as traffic to it grows.
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