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What Kind of Websites Do We Design?

January 17, 2019

This may seem a bit of a daft question, because surely we should design any kind of websites. Whatever clients want. But the thing is we don’t. We are very, very clear about the kind of websites we design. And the kind we don’t. So, just so you know, here goes…

We don’t design, using off-the-peg templates. It would probably make our lives a whole lot easier if we did do this, but then you’d end with a website which could bear a remarkable similarity to a fair few others out there. And, as you’ve probably come to us because you are a pretty unique and independent business, the last thing you will want is for your online presence to look suspiciously like someone elses. What we sometimes do is adapt our own designs – we may take an idea we have previously designed, but which was not carried forward, and use that as a starting point. Just because we don’t purchase and use pre-designed templates, it doesn’t mean we reinvent the wheel for every project. But, if we design a website for you, you can pretty sure it’s bespoke. Tailored to you and designed with your brief and thoughts and opinions, well in mind.

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We don’t do bog-standard, boring, repetitive design. We challenge ourselves with each new project. We take the time to get to know you and your likes and dislikes, what makes you tick, what makes your business unique – and this informs the kind of design we work up for you. If you’re an accountant, we’ll try and avoid the familiar corporate blue. If you’re a bridal boutique, we’ll try and avoid the familiar pinky tones. If you’re a plumber, we’ll try and avoid the stock images of white vans and a perky guy giving a thumbs-up. We’ll try and get you to think outside of the box, whilst still ensuring that we represent your business/brand in a way that will hopefully attract more visitors and therefore more custom. (But, if you are determined that you want corporate blues/dusky pinks/cheesy thumbs-ups, we think that, in the nicest possible way, we’ll probably realise, hopefully sooner rather than later, that we’re not really right for each other).

So what is it we do actually do?

  • We listen
  • We advise
  • We get to know you
  • We design, as far as we’re concerned, consistently beautiful websites
  • We design websites which are functionally beautiful, too
  • We communicate regularly with clients – either individually or via our mail outs, which keep you up to date with news and information which we think you should know about
  • We collaborate with you every step of the way
  • We work with you to make your budget go further, and when we can, we exercise flexibility so that what you really want, becomes achieveable

Our website (and this blog) will give you a lot more information about us and the way we work and the kind of websites we design. If you are now beginning to research designers and are looking for those people who can turn your vision into an online reality, we would love to hear from you. It may go no further than an initial enquiry as you might find someone much more suited to you and your needs. However, it may turn into something very long-standing, just like it has done for these clients…

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Sometimes though, you just want to cut to the chase. What are we actually like to work with?

“We approached We Are Life Design after seeing some of the other websites they had designed and being impressed by their portfolio. As a small, independent business, we wanted designers who understood us and our ambitions for our website. We are delighted that We Are Life ticked these boxes. As well as producing a professional website, they also initially discussed with us, the options we had available to us for the budget we had allocated. We found this to be extremely helpful, as it meant that we knew exactly what we were getting. Most of our communications were done by email, and we found the design process to be very smooth and uncomplicated.” Aquarius Plumbing

“We received an extremely professional service from We Are Life and are so grateful to them for their help and guidance- we are a start up restaurant and needed an organisation who could understand our needs and also work within our budget. Despite them not being geographically the closest agency we could have chosen, they were very responsive with emails and calls and have an excellent understanding of the local area. Their hard work and effort to put together our fantastic new website in a short timeframe is much appreciated!” Sofra Restaurant, West Didsbury

“Helen and Pete have been amazing since day one of working together.  When we initially chatted re the redesign of my website, I found they ‘got’ the brief straight away and indeed strengthened it which meant that the end result was better than I could have ever imagined.  In my line of business, first impressions are everything.  I wanted to avoid a template look and they certainly delivered with the beautiful design, totally unique to my business.  We are now about to embark on a website update and I can’t wait.  The additional support that Helen gives in terms of spreading the word is also invaluable and very much appreciated. Thanks guys!” Pebble In The Pond, Manchester

“Having known Helen in a former teaching life, I knew that she was organised, diligent and had a great eye for detail. I also knew that she had impeccable taste and that for me meant that We Are Life Design were the first port of call for my new forest school playgroup business. I was clueless and Pete guided me patiently, professionally and honestly. What a dream: I had found support and integrity in a world I felt completely adrift in. Communication was easy and therefore the process of which I was so very fearful was painless and the end result, more than I could ever have hoped for. Helen and Pete took my novice and amateurish ideas and produced some professional and slick marketing designs. They held my hand, worked with my modest budget and actually cared about my business. As Conker Crew grows, I know that We Are Life Design will be a key part of our future and I can’t wait to work together again.” The Conker Crew, South Manchester

“I have known Helen & Pete at We are Life Design for some years now. What they offer goes well beyond a usual project remit to produce a website, for example. Should you choose to work with them, you will encounter a rich ethos of creativity & partnership; they get into the soul of a business & work from that place, bringing out what truly matters to you & conveying that effectively in words, images & style. You become part of a family of businesses, as who they are is also ‘community’. Through them I have met others who they have championed, inspirational people, who remain friends to this day.” Lawrence Yusopoff, Didsbury

“Helen and Pete are true craftspeople, their attention to detail is meticulous and extraordinary. They create bespoke, beautiful and completely unique websites. They take time to get to know you and your business, what you like and want, what you don’t like and want, they take time to get to know you as a person – that’s so important as you are your business! They are also lovely people, they are easy to talk to, their communication is quick and straightforward. They have designed two websites for me, created my logos, ordered stationary and pop up banners etc and I have no hesitation whatsoever is recommending them.” Relaxing Reflexology, Manchester and Cheshire

“I’ve worked with We Are Life for years as a copywriter, and know first-hand the thought and care that goes into each and every one of their projects. They really get to know their clients and understand what makes them unique, then translate that into beautiful design work with clear commercial vision. When I decided to re-brand my business and set up a new website, they were the obvious choice for me, and I couldn’t have been happier with the results.” Words Inspire, Manchester

“We have worked with Pete and Helen at We Are Life Design for a number of years now. They designed our original website for the deli and when we decided it was time to refresh the website, we had no hesitation in going straight back to them. Our deli has developed and evolved over the years and we wanted a more cool, contemporary website and this is exactly what was delivered. We also commissioned We Are Life to design and build a separate website for our catering company – this was a lot more involved, but Pete and Helen ensured that communication was clear and concise and regular, so we always felt involved and in the loop and part of the process. We now have two websites which complement each other and give our company overall a feeling of cohesion. Although Pete & Helen are no longer just around the corner, communication is still very easy and as regular as we need it to be. They are very proactive and swift in responding to any requests we have for changes/updates and also keep us posted with relevant news and information via regular emails which they send to all clients. We feel in safe hands with We Are Life and would not hesitate in recommending them for your design needs.” Thyme Out, West Didsbury

“Being a bespoke events florist, I struggled to find website designers who would really understand me and my business. I wanted something different and unique something that would reflect my brand and attention to detail. Helen and Pete are absolutely amazing at what they do. From the first time I met with them, I knew they were right for what I visualised my website to be. They created such a beautifully bespoke web-site that was so unique to my business. I feel so proud when I now tell people to have have a look at my website, because from the moment the first page appears, it captivates you into my flowery world!The comments I have received, and still receive, just go to show what a wonderful job they did. They are such ease to work with. Nothing is ever too much trouble. I love everything about them!  I also love the fact that I was also supporting a small unique business! I  would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone thinking of a beautiful personally designed website.” Kelly Louise Floral Artistry

“Helen and Pete helped us with the designing of our website, branding, and everything else, as we were completely clueless before we came to them! We were recommended to use them by a local business and we’re so pleased we took their advice. They are friendly and approachable and we are thrilled with the end result. We are also going to get them to redesign another website we have. 10/10.” Solutions for Japanese Knotweed

“I first met Helen a few years ago and immediately liked her! I knew that if I was to pay for a web designer to update my business website I needed to know the person and feel they would ‘get my business’ and the client group that I work with. It was therefore a no-brainer that I would chose Helen and Pete at We Are Life Design. Right from the start I was in the driving seat, I decided on how much I had to spend on the website, the look and content and at every stage I could review, tweak and sometimes start-again! But what I loved was that Helen and Pete offered advice on a new colour scheme, updated logo and suggested professional photography – these were aspects I never expected to get, so the finished result is the content I wanted plus the sleek look I could never have achieved on my own. I would have no hesitation in recommending We Are Life Design to any business and Pete and Helen have continue to offer support going forward. Plus I feel I’ve joined a great local community of We Are Life Design clients 🤗Thank you!” For Baby & Me, Manchester

We would really like to hear from you if you are considering a new website, or if you’d like to have a current website revamped and updated. You can contact us in a variety of ways – via our website design enquiry form, or email helen@wearelife.co.uk, or call 0161 445 7759 or pop some details in the contact form below.

 

 

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