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Web Makeover for Traditionally Trendy

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We have had the privilege of working with one pretty unbelievable entrepreneur these past several weeks. Taryn is the proprietor and creator of Traditionally Trendy, a company that combines sacred, unchanging—albeit sometimes a little boring—tradition with uniqueness and total customization. Traditionally Trendy's product, the Peppy Ploma, is a brilliant twist on the old-at-heart diploma framing process.

The quote above from comedian, Robert Orben really serves to explicate the mission of Traditionally Trendy. There is no better way to showcase your individuality and your reverence for time-honored tradition (as well as your intelligence and perseverance, of course) than by transforming your diploma into a Peppy Ploma! Don't let the name deceive you, though. The final product is polished, sophisticated, flawlessly constructed and can range from peppy (proudly displaying your school colors) to priceless (worthy of being displayed among your personally curated art collection).

Taryn is an aesthetically astute client, to say the least, but her business offers products that can appeal to almost any on the spectrum of artistic tastes. We were practically drooling at the opportunity to work with her and at the challenge of giving her website a makeover. We hope that we rose to the occasion with this project and that her new website adequately showcases the scope of what Peppy Plomas can become. Custom graphics, meticulous attention to detail, loads of bells and whistles (like popups & live chat assistance) and a beautiful online marketplace all combined to make what we think is a pretty great website! Without further ado, here's the link:

We'd love for you to let us know what you think—be honest!—in the comments section following this post. Thanks!

French Bulldogs and Squarespace and Web Design — Oh, My!

During the last few weeks, one of Calliope's main projects has been a total branding overhaul for Milton's Grooming Parlor. The owner is a generous, kind-hearted, and energetic person with a deep affection for his French Bulldog, Milton, who serves as the inspiration and mascot for the Grooming Parlor. The owner's (and Milton's) colorful personality shines through his personal aesthetic and vision for the business. So with a brightly hued inspiration, we set out to create a polished, functional, and beautiful website.

For this particular site—as well as for our own—we used the all-around wonderful web hosting and design service, Squarespace.  We combined the intuitive functionality of Squarespace's web editing tools with the passion of Milton's Grooming Parlor and our own exceptional design skills to create a beautiful synergy. The result—we hope you'll agree—is a fresh, professional, beautiful, and still true-to-the-vision online presence that makes the viewer an instant fan of Milton's Grooming Parlor.

 Visit the website and let us know what you think by commenting below! And if you think your website could use a makeover, contact us and we'll be happy to help.