Reasons Your Business Should Have a Website
I was pleased to be asked by Access To Business in Wolverhampton to lead some introductory training in website design for their clients. Although more of a brand and print designer, I have created several sites for customers, using a web builder. I'll be adding these to my portfolio page.
Along the way and with some research, I was able to share some simple but important 'Do's and Dont's' of web design and I will share these here over a few separate posts.
Starting with: REASONS YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD HAVE A WEBSITE
You can read more about this in an article.
Looking at your business's marketing and design during Covid-19
We hope you are staying fit and well as we find ourselves in unprecedented times, a global and invisible threat to our livelihoods, communities and loved ones. Like most small businesses, AVD has had to adapt quickly to be able to offer a high quality service to our customers. As a positive by-product of having more time on our hands, why not use this time to 'reset' your business aims / design / marketing. Here are some ideas:
You could use this time of Covid-19 to review your business:
Creative (and free) things to do with your family during Covid-19
Branded pull up banner backdrops for video conference calls
If you are delivering training or attending business meetings using video apps, why not order a branded pull up banner from £70 for a more professional look?
Packaging design for a shaving oil
Branding for a specialist education tuition company
A nurturing logo symbolising the growth of knowledge through high quality education, simply denoted in three strands of the business, Home, Online and School
Branding for a men's clothing brand
A highly personalised and illustrated logo for this brand from which certain graphic elements are pulled to create a fabric print
Logo and stationery
Logo, business cards, leaflets, social media and vehicle graphics
Stationery, branding and socal media
Logo, stationery and magazine advertising
Other logos / identities
I was an artist on the Wolves in Wolves public art project in Wolverhampton in Summer 2017.
I designed and painted 2 5ft tall wolf sculptures: one called 'Old Gold' for Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club featuring facts and figures about the club and one called "Support Life" about suicide prevention and mental well-being in association with University of Wolverhampton. You can scroll down this page to read an earlier blog post about the ‘Support Life’ wolf.
The workshops that I held with various groups for vulnerable people (see various logos below) led to me reforming my community arts workshops company which you can visit here: Real Arts Workshops.
One of the things that was important to me was that the story behind the wolf was told via the dibond panel attached to the plinth.
Through the workshops for Support Life I was able to talk with professionals who work in this field and I was able to ask some of my questions. I gradually came to accept that even if Rich had been ready to talk (and he wasn’t) each person is a unique being with their own set of complex issues and my situation is different from his. See below for a list of these agencies with links to the work they do.
When Support Life was installed at University of Wolverhampton early in 2018, I noticed that the information panel wasn’t there. It bothered me that Rich’s name was missing when he’d been so important in the thought process behind the wolf design and painting. So I designed a new information panel and got in touch with the University about getting it installed. David Wedge from the Alumni office was really supportive throughout and I’m pleased to say the panel is now in place on the plinth and I hope people take the time to read about it.
We were over the moon to feature in the newly launched ZERO DEGREES magazine.
You can read the issue here: Zero Degrees Issue One. It features many local Wolverhampton business owners and personalities including Jody Craddock, DJ Janos, Alex Is, Mel Eves and of course me!
And another Express and Star article is available online. It's about my Support Life Wolves in Wolves design being relocated to Wolverhampton University.
Alex Vann is a true all round creative. As well as owning Alex Vann Design he is the founder of the community arts group: Real Arts Workshops, a portrait artist and a gigging musician.