Jeff Wagner Interactive was very fortunate to partner with Winter Ranch on a new website project called The Loon Room, which features beautiful art of our state bird the Minnesota Loon.
The Loon Room is the creation of Simone Schara, who with her father, Ron, have developed several nature-related businesses including Ron’s unique outdoor information calendars (outdoorcalendars.com). If the name is familiar, you may have seen Simone on the Pheasants Forever Television on Outdoor Channel, which is hosted by her father. Ron also is regularly seen on Minnesota Bound, a popular outdoor show on KARE 11, an NBC affiliate in Minneapolis, Minn.
Jeff Wagner Interactive created the logo branding and all of the Web Design work for this project and along with Simone, Ron and Winter Ranch we think the website turned out great.
The Loon Room also features a great e-commerce engine that allows all the wonderful works-of-art to be sold right from the website. If you’re a Minnesota Loon fan then The Loon Room will have a loon product that’s sure to please.
JWI would like to thank Simone, Ron and Winter Ranch for allowing us to be a part of this great project.
If you aren’t using jQuery in some form or fashion with the websites you’re developing then you are most certainly missing out on some very cool effects. I’m using jquery scripts primarily because there are so many cool transitions or effects that work on most popular web browsers.
I’ve put together a great collection of jQuery links & demos to so many effects I garuntee that you’ll wanna tie into your websites.
Take a look and check them out, if you know of any others out there let me know. I’d like to add more to my personal collection.
Recently I attended an AIGA meeting (The Professional Association for Design) that was focused on tools for “Emerging Designers” to help them with their portfolios and web presence. The meeting was held at Mono, a very well known and renown agency in Minneapolis, MN.
The AIGA provided three very creative and very informative speakers Carl Schultze, Evan Stremke, and Aaron Shekey. Each speaker talked about a few tools that they use on a regular basis that helps promote some of their work.
Carl Schultze, an extremely talented print and web designer, shared with everyone a tool he uses for his own personal online portfolio called Cargo Collective. Cargo Collective is a very simple web publishing (CMS) platform that allows designers to upload their work to the web and use a variety of different templates to display their creativity. Cargo allows for some customization as well if you’re handy in HTML and CSS. I thought it was a great tool for those you aren’t too comfortable creating their own personal portfolio and to upload a new project takes literally seconds (I timed Carl and he did it in 52.8 seconds).
Evan Stremke, our second speaker, is a huge fan of Cargo as well and uses it regularly. He also talked about a very slick print publishing tool called Issuu. Issuu will take your print designs (pdf’s) and publish them in a very nice interactive flip magazine online. You can then embed the code for your publications on to your website or your Cargo Collective account. Evan also mentioned that he was a fan of Tumblr, a very easy to use service for blogging.
Aaron Shekey, the final speaker, a young and very creative web designer talked about his love with WordPress. Yet another CMS (Content Management System) that is very popular as a blogging tool but is very exandable and can be used as a complete website management tool. WordPress has such a following of developers that create so many different templates and plugins that you can use. It’s really, I feel, the best option as a free CMS. Aaron also shared a very cool plugin called Flutter. Flutter is a feature rich WordPress CMS plugin that focuses on easy templating for the developer and simplifies content management for the admin by creating custom write panels that can be fully customized (radio buttons, file uploads, image uploads, checkboxes, etc).
After the presenters were done AIGA provided pizza and refreshments for everyone and gave us time to mingle with the speakers, Mono staff and other designers that were attending. If you’re a member of the AIGA you really should be taking advantage of these meetings. Even if you aren’t a member, like me, you’re more than welcome to join at a very small fee (this one was $15). I had a great time and I look forward to attending future AIGA meetings.