Working with a new client is always exciting. Getting to work with a new client on a brand new product launch is not only exciting, but offers its set of challenges, as well.
Falk Harrison began working with Z Skin Systems in July on an e-commerce website that would launch in early October to coincide with the introduction of their new line of nutri-cosmetic products for better skin health. At the onset, timelines were tight, product and packaging didn’t exist yet and much of the research and content to go onto the website still had to be created.
With the Z Skin Systems team in St. Louis and their consultants in both California and Canada, Falk Harrison’s designers and developers met and corresponded frequently, sharing ideas, copy, research, designs, photos, illustrations and other content through our project management program Basecamp.
In approximately 12 weeks, the zskinsystems.com site was designed, populated, built, edited, tested and launched. The site went live on October 1, precisely on schedule. Z Skin Systems products are currently only available online, so meeting the planned launch date was paramount. With an advertising campaign and a trade show event planned for October, the site needed to be ready to accept orders.
We encourage you to peruse the Z Skin Systems site and while you’re there, do some shopping!
Each year the Business Marking Association (BMA) of St. Louis puts on the Targeted Advertising & Marketing (TAM) awards. The TAM Awards are a great way to focus attention on the best marketing work being done in St. Louis. Here is the cool thing, the TAM Awards are not simply about celebrating good looking work from a design perspective, the TAMs are also intended to recognize work that achieves a business result. We applaud this balanced approach as providing client-focused solutions centered on great design and strategic thinking aligns with how we spend our days here at Falk Harrison. At the end of the day, we are here to do more meaningful work that produces a meaningful result for our client.
Since 1971, Falk Harrison has been recognized with countless TAM Awards. Here is a complete list of our 2014 TAM Awards:
Montessori Land School of St. Louis Brochure – Silver Award
Montessori Land School of St. Louis Branding – Silver Award
Crestwood Holdings, Inc. 2013 Annual Report – Gold Award
Jabian Journal – Gold Award
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. 2013 Annual Report – Best in Class Award
For over 43 years, Falk Harrison has designed and produced annual reports that effectively connect with stakeholders. Working hand-in-hand with our client partners, we have helped tell inspiring stories – and we have built our own storied history along the way.
We know a compelling annual report is not the result of a formulaic process. More often, a team of dedicated people works in unison to navigate the challenging landscape that is inherent to crafting a powerful communication tool. The greatest reward for the annual report team is simply the memories of a journey filled with behind-the-scenes stories that are personal, unique, and integral to the long-lasting client relationships we cherish.
Falk Harrison would love to tell your company’s story – a story where we help you clearly articulate and communicate your key messages and value-drivers. And rest assured our journey together will be filled with stories worth telling.
Enjoy this look at some of those stories that we created in our 43 years of producing annual reports.
Web Front-End Designer/Developer
About this Job:
Falk Harrison is looking for a full-time, web designer/developer specializing in front-end digital design and development with WordPress integration. You should enjoy working in an agency setting, be comfortable balancing multiple projects and have a passion for the development of great online experiences. You’ll get to work on branded websites for a diverse mix of high-profile clients and directly impact the success of their digital strategy.
- Define, scope and manage project requirements (technical/functional/content)
- Blueprint websites using wireframes, site maps and user flows
- Create branding, navigation and UXD elements
- Design mobile, responsive and adaptive websites and e-mail campaigns
- Code websites using HTML, CSS, JQuery and PHP
- Produce adaptive, responsive and progressively enhanced websites
- Incorporate SEO and UXD best practices
- Debug, performance analysis and quality control
- BFA in Graphic Design, BS in Computer Science or equivalent work experience
- Expert knowledge of front-end website development
- Extensive experience with dynamic websites
- Core understanding of WordPress platform and plug-in space
- Great debugging and reasoning skills
- Experience with back end development frameworks like Ruby on Rails or Django
- Experience with web databases such as Postgresql and MySQL
- Experience with paid SEO campaigns and multivariate testing
- Experience with e-commerce, CRM, CEM and EMM vendor integrations
- Experience with version control such as Git
- Experience with website hosting, backups and migrations
Please send digital copies of your resume and portfolio, plus preferred contact method, to email@example.com. All information submitted will remain strictly confidential.
Amteco Inc. currently has two different product lines: TWP and Zero Rust. Each product is featured on the Amteco corporate website, but their goal was to launch individual product sites for each brand. TWP was the first project to commence, and Falk Harrison got the call to design and build the new site.
One of our first decisions was the URL. Several ideal URLs were already in use by various TWP dealers. Amteco had previously purchased some other URLs, but none seemed to fit the bill. After a brainstorm, we came up with UseTWP.com, hoping the call to action right in the address would give the company an edge.
Our creative director, Steve Hartman, shot photography of the four product cans (a fifth was subsequently added). We presented site design comps to the client, and after approval, our development team built the store locator, project planner, and the color samples order page.
Our client was thrilled with the result, and we’ve continued to work with Amteco on videos and brand development. A new website for Zero Rust is in the offing, as well.
Falk Harrison has been building websites since 1995, and our creatives and developers are ready to help you take your web presence up a few notches. To get us building you a site that helps you claim thought leadership, generate leads, and close sales, contact Jon Falk at (314) 531.1410.