David & Dolores Creative Studio

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David & Dolores Creative Studio

A boutique design agency specializing in custom-built websites and intuitively-created content for small-to-medium sized companies.

No off-the-shelf design templates. No rush jobs. Quality over quantity. Your bring your brand, vision and goals. We bring them to life.

If you are not sure who you are looking for, you are probably looking for us.


Artisan Website Development

The "Vanilla" Strategy

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Is your existing website slow, boring, bloated and buggy? Or are you building a new site and want to hit the ground running, but don't want it to look like everything else in your niche?

We specialize in developing small-to-medium sites in "vanilla" HTML, CSS and Javascript. This means that, as much as possible, we design and code your site's front end ourselves, instead of using pre-packaged commercial templates.

We don't normally use software-based "content management system" (CMS) platforms such as WordPress. We also keep the use of code "frameworks" or other development short-cuts to a minimum. When appropriate, we may install install secure shopping carts or other specialized apps.

We will work with you to design a slim, fast and mobile-friendly website does what you want, looks how you want it to look, and engages your customers on your terms — instead of the software's terms.

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Creative Control

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Are the creative limitations of CMS sites such as WordPress holding you back? Most work on the cookie-cutter design principle, with a limited selection of off-the-shelf "themes" that make every site look like every other site. Even "premium" themes offer little more than cosmetic variations.

By creating a custom design, you have more control over the overall look-and-feel because it is built virtually from scratch, with a user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) that is uniquely appropriate to your business or project.

Ecommerce

You don't necessarily need complex shopping cart software for a relatively small product or service line. Whether you need a lean and scalable cart or just some well-designed third-party gateway (e.g. PayPal) buttons, we will build an ecommerce presence that best meets your needs.

Mobile-Friendly

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Custom-built sites load faster than top-heavy CMS platforms weighed down with plugins. We will build your online empire from the ground up with the assets that you actually need.

Search-Friendly

Search engines love fast-loading sites that are designed to serve the "search intent" of the user, have the necessary codes to tell search bots what the site is for, and meet accessibility standards.

Maintenance-Friendly

We will write in vanilla code that any competent web developer can understand. While we're happy to develop long-term relationships, we won't lock you into systems that only we can understand. It's your site. We're just here to help.

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Intuitive Content Development

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Your Project, Your Vision

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The words, images and sounds with which you reach out to your customers should express your company's brand image and marketing goals, as well as how you want them to engage with you. We can create a wide variety of original content, as well as curate and edit your existing content:

What is Intuitive Content?

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Writing unique text that expresses your original vision and matches your professional instincts.

Designing visual representations of your brand that reach the hearts and minds of your customers and fans.

Embracing the complexities of the marketplace, going beyond the numbers to explore patterns in chaos.

Using your wisdom as much as your knowledge to find answers where they have always resided, deep within.

We will join our client on a personal journey through their story, learning everything that we can until we understand it well enough to express it in the client’s voice.

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Marketing as Play

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We take design seriously by not taking it too seriously.

Now, we could just follow the industry crowd and develop conversion-centric content based on metric-driven descriptions of hypothetical customer personas in a classic sales funnel, and other cool insider jargon like that.

Instead, we like to ask our client something like "when you walk around the showroom with a customer, what do they look at? What do you want them to look at? What makes them smile and what makes you smile?"

Then we start sending you quick sketches, writing samples, draft concept briefs — you get the idea. We'll trade back and forth until something jells, then begin work on a project that truly reflects your brand and your market.


How We Work

Process

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Every project is a journey and every journey starts with a conversation. We want to learn all that we can about your business and its plans for the future.

We can correspond for weeks or months if you like. We enjoy talking shop, so just keep us on your short list and let us know whenever you have a project to discuss.

When you're ready, we'll send you a formal proposal and price quote, tailored specifically to your project needs. We won't send you a one-size-fits-all package. There's no fun in that!

The project itself will be broken down into several milestones, each of which you will sign off before we commence work on the next one. This gives both parties more control over the creative, management, budgeting and billing processes.

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Confidentiality

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We often help clients who require discretion. For instance, an influencer or c-suite executive might need to outsource their public posts, so that they can focus on their core activities.

So, upon request, we can sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and would not discuss your project by name, either publicly or with our other clients, without your permission.

The final product won't look like a committee created it, or even like we created it. It will look like you created it, because it will accurately reflect your vision, brand and message.

Or, if discretion is not an issue, we can also negotiate an agreement to provide you with paid content for which we receive a byline or can otherwise take credit.

Rates

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We charge professional rates for professional services. If you want the cheapest deal possible, we hope you find it. If you want a quality at a fair market price, let us know and we'll talk.

While no two projects are alike, here's a rough rule of thumb for sketching out budgets and negotiating with contractors:

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Well, there it is!

Now you know what we do. If it sounds like what you need, get in touch and we'll start a conversation.