Branding & Web Launch: Monica Wang Photography

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On Friday we celebrated another fabulous site launch! Monica is a good friend of Hello Monday, and she actually took our headshots when we launched our new site a few years back. Since then, her business has REALLY taken off (seriously, her photos are incredible!) and we were over the moon when she came to us for a branding and web overhaul.

Her new logo and website are super clean and striking to compliment her amazing photography. We are so proud to show off her new Hello-Monday-designed websites – Yes, she has THREE! – and we had the best time working with her. Okay, enough talking… Go check it out here!

New Branding, New Cards!

Hope everyone is having a great summer so far! Can’t believe we are soon entering August already and for us Seattlelites, that means soaking up as much Vitamin D as possible before the perpetual shroud of gray hits. However, I don’t think any amount of gloom can dampen our excitement for our brand spanking new, hot-off-the-press business cards! Can one be this giddy over a business card? Haha, Lindsay and I certainly are.

I chose to use one of my longtime and much respected printer in Chicago, Gary from AccuColor, Inc. He just kicks butt with his well-honed printing skills, is a perfectionist and knew we were in good hands. I didn’t even question whether it will turn out ok or not. We chose to go extra fancy this time around: double super thick stock paper, combination of letterpress and offset (in order to achieve that vibrant pop of blue), gold foiling and gold edging – the works! It makes it kinda hard to hand these out!

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Web launch: Marisa Nicole Events

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Today I have another new website launch to share, and this one is especially exciting because we created the branding for it as well! Sarah worked on the branding and design for this project and then passed it over to me to bring it all to life on the web. We are totally ecstatic with the outcome! It’s so fresh and modern, simple and striking! We both feel that it represents our brand and style to a T.

The site features 9 interactive photo galleries, 4 custom designed content pages, and a full integrated blog. A simple homepage screenshot just doesn’t do it justice – check out the full website here!

Web launch: Gilded Lily Events

Happy Monday! I am so excited to share this website with you today! Due to our overlapping maternity leaves, this is actually our very first web launch of 2014 and we could not have asked for a more amazing client to start off our year. Paige of Gilded Lily Events contacted us last October and at the time we were so bummed to tell her that we weren’t taking any new clients until after the new year. She SO patiently waited for a design spot to open up with us and we’re thrilled that she did.

As an event designer, she has impeccable taste and had a ton of great ideas to incorporate into her website and blog. We are thrilled with the outcome and so excited to show it off! We also gave her social media sites a matching facelift and love how it ties her brand together across the web.

On a side note, do you have your social media sites designed to match your website? It’s super important to have a cohesive brand! We offer this as a special web service at Hello Monday, even if we didn’t design your website! Check out more here and let us know if you’re interested :)

New Site Launches!

With all the craziness going on over here these past few months (babies, our re-brand & launch, new bookings, etc) we have neglected to share with you several new sites of ours that have gone live. We love getting to work with so many different kinds of clients, and these 4 sites represent a makeup artist, photographer, personal blogger, and non-profit org. Click below to see their websites and stay tuned because we’ve got several more launching soon!

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WordPress 101: Simple Guide to Choosing a Web Host

Today, I want to touch on the subject of web hosting and the importance of choosing the right one. This was definitely a “live and learn” area for me when I first stepped into the world of WordPress and I hope I can save you a big headache by giving you a few tips and steering you in the right direction.

If you are brand new to WP, you may be confused thinking “Wait, I thought WordPress was free?”. Well, the WP platform itself is free to use but you will still need a host to get your site online (read my note at the bottom of this post for more info). Finding the right host is arguably the MOST important step in having a successful website as it controls your website’s speed & accessibility, protects your files, handles fluctuations in your web traffic, etc. With a host, you are essentially paying to essentially “lease” a space on the internet for your website.

There are millions of opinions out there about which host is the best, and honestly there are many great ones to choose from! Picking the right one can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to look for. I’ve worked with several different hosts and have learned firsthand just how much a bad host can ruin your site; so today I want to share with you a short list of the most important things to look for (in my opinion) when choosing a WordPress host: Continue reading…