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Matthew Weir – Artist

matthew-weir-screenshot-largePersonal Artist and designer portfolio for contemporary artist Matthew Weir. His new site features documented texts, images and social networking capabilities. The main challenge with this site; to display a huge body of work within a minimalist yet easy-to-expand framework.

Big – Bold images, ability to separate items by tags, titles and by series of work were requested and provided.

Site features:
Java Script, CSS, HTML5, Photoshop, Illustrator, SEO optimizations, Social Networking

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The Importance of Having a Responsive Website

The Importance of Being Responsive

Any designer building websites today, should be well versed in Responsive Site Design. A fundamental piece of the design process is the knowledge that the website will be viewed on many types of devices from computers to tablets to smartphones. Understanding this from concept to completion helps the designer to offer full responsive capabilities.

It is important to clarify some terminology for the benefit of a client. Adaptive websites are not necessarily responsive ones. An Adaptive website will change in to fit predetermined screen and device sizes. Responsive sites are fluid meaning they will adapt and respond to any screen or device.

Both are good designs modes but Responsive sites will offer more seamless and broad choices. Responsive sites are created in such a format that not only does the site fit any screen or device; the site itself will adjust and change its look accordingly through the use of a fluid framework. This is one advantage of the Responsive Design method. Adaptive sites use a rigid framework.

There are drawbacks to both design models. Responsive design offers less control over the layout despite the fact that it will adjust the layout depending upon the device. It can also often be slower to load. Adaptive sites may adjust to different devices but require more maintenance and the designer to build a separate site for use on differing devices.

The cost of both design modes varies. Responsive designs can be less expensive even though it requires the developer to spend significant time coding while offering the most user options. It also requires less labor-intensive building for multiple sites. Since adaptive requires more building, it can get expensive over the long haul.

There are several benefits to using a Responsive or even an Adaptive design

1. Improved SEO rankings. Google, Bing and Yahoo give preference to sites that incorporate these elements. This can improve your search-ability. Responsive designs have a massive advantage here.

2. Being on the cutting edge of technology and design helps you maintain an advantage over your competition.

3. The two can be used together to create an even more unique web experience.

Test your site now – Better yet, Test your competition’s site!

It’s easy! Just type in the web address (URL) in your phone or tablet’s browser. Or, just go to the site on your computer and drag your browser’s window to make it super skinny and see what happens.

If the site stays the same and you have to drag around to find the content you want – or to see the full site, it is not responsive at all. Worse yet, it is being penalized by major search engines  for not being so. Depending on your industry, 40% or more of your visitors are looking you up on mobile devices. Do you really want them to have to hunt for you?

Working with Contemporary Websites you won’t have to worry about this at all. We’ll never think of starting you off with a static non-responsive site. We don’t care if you’re dog-sitting, carpet cleaning, housesitting, renovating homes, or running a law firm—we understand the value of providing the best business tool for your money.

Contact us today and let’s talk about your needs.

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ModernistIcon

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ModernistIcon is a private collection of post-war and contemporary art and design.

Like all of our recent projects their site is SEO optimized and adjusts for different screen sizes.

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Kentucky Opera

Contemporary Design for website: Kentucky OperaOrganizational site representing the 58 year old Kentucky Opera. Kentucky Opera needed to extend its reach into the modern age. They had sound clips fantastic photography, loads of educational and developmental information yet no proper platform to display it all and make it available to the wider public.

Kentucky Opera now has a dynamic, socially networked web presence which is easy to maintain and reach out to their connected audience well past their upcoming 60th birthday.

Site features
Flash, MP3s, Java Script, CSS5, HTML, Photoshop, SEO optimizations, Live Twitter feeds.

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Artist Bryce Hudson

Personal Artist and designer portfolio for contemporary artist Bryce Hudson. His new site features documented texts, images and social networking capabilities. The main challenge with this site; to display a huge body of work within a minimalist yet easy-to-expand framework.

Big – Bold images, ability to separate items by tags, titles and by series of work were requested and provided.

Site features:
Java Script, CSS, HTML5, Photoshop, Illustrator, SEO optimizations, Social Networking

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Kentucky Museum of Art

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft – With a mission to promote the art and craft of the State of Kentucky this powerhouse organization – celebrating its 30th anniversary – needed a makeover from the ground up for their 13 year old out-dated website. This design is built in a content management system too – making it easy as pie to update and keep they visitors and subscribers informed.

Site features
Flash, Java Script, CSS, HTML5, Photoshop, Illustrator, SEO optimizations, Content Management System for easy updates.

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Voices of Kentuckiana

Voices of Kentuckiana

The VOICES of Kentuckiana have been bring joy through song for nearly 2 decades. A non-profit organization based in Louisville Kentucky – VOICES needed a website to promote performances, post membership information and inform their fans about upcoming events.

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Shen Jingdong

Enhanced web presence – heavy on the visuals yet light and easy-to-navigate design.

Shen lives in Beijing, China yet he trusted is global web presence to us. We love highly creative clients and this is one of our favorite on-going projects!

Site features
Java Script, CSS Photoshop, SEO optimizations, Social Networking applications installed and embedded into site, Content Management System for easy updates. Site works across-platforms and on mobile decives.

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Contemporist Icon

We love our creative clients! Contemporist Icon is an international Art, Architecture and Design Blog out of the United Kingdom. It’s goal is to explore and share the historical influences that make today’s visual culture.

RSS Feeds, Flickr photo feeds and robust social networking capabilities have made Contemporist Icon one of the World’s leading and most widely featured and shared culture and design blogs.

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Tom-Cannady

Artist Tom Cannady

Tom Cannady is an American artist with over 30 years of experience. Schooled at Murray State University located in western Kentucky his paintings and prints have referenced the American experience that hangs in the minds of many. The ephemeral quality of his paintings reference memories – not too detailed, not too fuzzy, but ever-present.

Cannady strives to achieve a sense of place and warmth in each work and mixes each with powerful reference points in the human psyche. These are mesmerizing signs that remind us of America’s love and life as it pertains to the automobile.

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sonaBlast Records

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SonaBlast! Records

They needed it all. And got it.

Constant updates to keep fans of their music up to date with concerts, record release parties and show venues the sonaBLAST! Records web presence showcases talent by way of top-notch photography, MP3 downloads and samples and a barrage of social networking capibilities.

Headquartered in New York, New York and Louisville, Kentucky, sonaBLAST! depends on a reliable web design and updating team. Watch videos, read recent press, connect to your newest favorite band and most importantly; buy or download the music online!

Site features
Flash, MP3s, Java Script, CSS5, HTML,

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Mellwood Art Center

Enhanced web presence for a leading art and entertainment venue with gallery and artist/tenant listings, rental information and available space notices.

Site features
Flash, Java Script, CSS Photoshop, SEO optimizations, Social Networking applications installed and embedded into site.

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