SlowMo specialise in high-speed camera hire and filming and came to us for a new site to showcase their work and services. We were provided with incredible photos and footage to use, so the project was an absolute pleasure to work on - as we hope the site is to view. With such stunning material we let their work do the talking. When the site loads you are greeted by an eye-catching slow motion showreel as the background, achieved thanks to some nifty HTML5.
Asco Lights, required a new site to showcase their lighting design services. The site features an interactive Virtual Lighting Environment to demonstrate lighting moods and products available today.
The Food Rub Company approached us to produce a new e-commerce site for them, to sell their range of unique and tasty rubs. Their rubs, used with meat, fish & vegetables are brand new to the UK market.
Blastcool provide a range of outdoor coolers for entertaining & leisure. We built a responsive, e-commerce site to showcase the their cooler range and to offer an informative shopping experience.
October has seen the launch of a new site for Aquababies, a leading baby swim class in the North West. We’ve had a lot of fun putting this together with the use of some fantastic underwater photography to make the site eye-catching and fun!
September saw us all mostly go-karting, paint balling, going to strip clubs, pole dancing and going between Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham looking for the best nights out. In reality, we all sat behind our computer screens and planned some amazing nights out for the rest of the UK! This month we launched the Stag & Hen websites. It was a long and challenging ride but thoroughly enjoyable and we are delighted with the results. Bridesmaids and Best Men need not trawl the internet any more looking for all the pieces to put together to make their friend’s last night of freedom a good one. With Stag & Hen, you can visit this one-stop shop and let them sort out the package just right for you!
When we were offered the opportunity to work on the Wildsmith website, we were thrilled with the challenge of bringing this very traditional, quality and 150 year old brand into the 21st century with a responsive E-commerce site. The Company boasts an impressive customer base through it’s history and wanted a slick, streamlined and thoroughly contemporary user experience for it’s online store. With superb photography and elegant design, Wildsmith can show off it’s stunning range of shoes in the most simple of ways.
Having worked for a number of years managing Jane Asher's website - we decided it was finally time to give the website a visual refresh to suit the new brand as well as a complete technical overhaul. Jane's site is a very popular online store for all things to do with sugarcraft and baking. With over 2000 products to migrate to the new system we were met with quite a challenge in terms of recategorising everything and ensuring stock numbers were correct. The new site is clean, simple and responsive to meet the ever-increasing demand of mobile traffic. Why not pop over to the shop now for some icing sugar or cake moulds...
We'd like to welcome the latest member of our team, Simon. An incredibly talented web designer and front-end developer with over 10 years experience, having worked freelance for many years as well as for a number of high-profile digital agencies in Liverpool. What Simon doesn't know about Wordpress theming isn't worth knowing! he also brings to the table his great photography skills, which will come in very handy on projects.
July sees the launch of two exciting and quite innovative projects that we have had the pleasure to work on.
Asco Lights is a lighting design company who approached us to create a slick, ambient site to reflect their contemporary and exclusive lighting design services. Part of the project was to create an immersively interactive virtual lighting experience that allows the user to change the room's mood through lighting whilst showcasing the various lighting products used in each scene. Each scene is accompanied by professionally recorded audio and product galleries and videos.
SlowMo required a new site for their high-speed camera hire and filming business. Their high-speed cameras are used to film anything from ballistics and nature to sport, TV and film. Having been provided with plenty of footage of their stunning camera work, we thought it only right to let the video do the talking. Creating a showreel from the rushes we were given, we used HTML5 background video as a backdrop to the homepage. The result is something special indeed.
We welcome our newest recruit Bev this month, who has come on board as our Office Manager to help organise the accounts and the overall running of Pixel Air. Now with Bev helping manage the studio, we are looking forward to things hopefully running more smoothly and the office generally being a bit more organised!
We're really pleased to announce the launch of a new site for Blastcool this month, an online showcase of their range of exclusive outdoor coolers. We’ve been lucky enough to work with some stunning photography, to create a clean and contemporary website. In addition, the site is responsive and adapts for mobile devices and features an e-commerce store for those looking for the ultimate gadget for their outdoor entertaining area.
This month has seen us move into a brand new office, albeit upstairs! Now that the builders have left, we are settling in to a larger, lighter room with brand new kitchen and staff areas, several board rooms and a lovely, new, glass front door! We’re all feeling refreshed and really enjoying the new space. Please pop in to catch up and have a look around.
This month has been very busy indeed. We’ve had some very exciting and inspirational projects to work on. The first is for Heaton House Farm - a stunning wedding venue in the Cheshire countryside. Using plenty of striking visuals we created a user-friendly, responsive site that showcases what a trully stunning wedding venue this is.
February also sees the launch of a site for the newly rebranded and refurbished Victoria Hotel, Manchester. The site is built using Wordpress and makes good use of photography to promote the hotel’s style right through to the booking form. We’re already working on some great projects due to launch next month.
A big Happy New Year to all our clients! (and potential new clients!). We hope you had a great festive break and wish you all a very prosperous 2013! We've got quite a few exciting things already planned for the year. A new website is on the horizon - even though we're busier than ever we've managed to squeeze in a long-overdue redesign. We also have a new staff member starting in a couple of months - someone to come in and keep the studio organised and running smoothly - watch this space...
A big hello to our new designers Leon and Paul! Both are incredibly talented designers and front-end developers and have have a wealth of experience to bring to the studio.
Things are all a buzz at Pixel Air headquarters at the moment. The team is expanding with a couple of new designers starting in the next few weeks and we've been working very hard on a long overdue redesign of the website. We've been SO busy working with all our fabulous clients that we've slightly neglected our own online presence. What better time than for our 5th birthday, which is fast approaching. Watch this space!
Butler Refrigeration provide installation, maintenance and repair of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in the North West. Simon from Butler approached us to take a look at redesigning their website and overhauling their brand.
We have come up with a new logo and colour palette that have dictated the design of the rest of the website. The logo feautres a simple degree symbol that ties in with the whole notion templature and is fresh, cool and modern. The new website, built in Wordpress, is ice-cool, clean and usable and can be viewed at www.butlerrefrigeration.co.uk.
Start-up Revive Management recently got in touch to commision a new website for the business. The site showcases their wide range of services and demonstrates their expertise in the field of hosted multi-channel communications.
Revive already had a strong corporate identity that inspired the look of the new website - a smart, clean user interface with a dynamic photo banner as the focal point of each page. Visi the new site at www.revivemanagement.co.uk.
The past few months have seen some very interesting projects grace the 27-inch screens of our Macs.
Local family-run business Avec Cookers have been renovating Aga cookers for over 2 decades. They approched us redeisgn their online presence to incorpotate their new brand and create a highly search-engine optimised site that would improve their already strong google position.
Bella Vista are a specialist property sales company that market luxury Italian lake-side villas. They required a new website to showcase their current properties for sale in a striking and elegant way. So we decided to incorporate impressive scalable and animating full-screen photography on the homepage to really sell the dream. No small technical feat but when you have such stunning photography you might aswell make the most of it!
We have been working closely with The Fold to launch their online campaign to showcase and sell their Spring/Summer collection of women's workwear. As well as refreshing their website with all their latest photography and studio shots, the online store was completely redesigned to accomadate catwalk videos, which now accompany all of their products.
It's been an incredibly busy start to 2011 with the launch of 2 very different sites with coincedentally similar domains. A-Z Dogs offers trained dogs for TV, film, photography and theatre, whilst A2Z School of English is one of Manchester's leading English Language school. In addition to the similar naming convention both sites use our favourite content management system Drupal. A smattering of 3rd party modules provide enhanced functionality, interactivity and features.
The festive period is approaching fast and we'll be shutting up shop soon so we'd just like to take this opportunity to wish all our visitors and clients the merriest of Christmases and all the very best for the New Year!
The end of our year sees the launch of a couple of our new sites - Cherry Tree Gifts, a magento-powered online store for a popular gift shop in Knutsford and Scratching Shed Publishing, a Wordpress site for a small publishers who produce a range of books with a 'Northern English flavour'.
It's been three whole years since Pixel Air launched and we're proud to have reached such an important milestone. Things have come a long way since the early days both in location and form. Our only recently opened Altrincham-based studio is going from strength to strength and we're really looking forward to the next three exciting years! To mark this occasion we feel it's high time for a redesign of our website. The design is already underway so keep an eye on this spot for a fresh site launching soon...
A big welcome to Andrew, the newest member of our expanding team! Andrew brings with him years of experience as a talented designer and front-end developer with a penchant for JQuery and CSS3!
Our design studio has moved down the road into new premises in Atrincham. The new office is bigger, lighter and only a short tram ride to Manchester town centre. Our telephone number has also changed and we've updated it throughout the site.
Has it been 3 months already since our last news update?!! If anything, that goes to show how incredibly busy we've been. Neglectful of updating the site? Guilty. Lazy? Not a chance. So as a reward for your patience (those that check our news feed daily!) here are a few links to our most recent websites.
Firstly we redesigned the front-end of a small drupal website for a couple of churches in Halstead, in Kent. The site has quite a few regular visitors and a dedicated community behind it, so we wanted to make sure the redeisgn improved the overall usability and information architecture.
Then there is a Ada & Ina, an online store, newly redeveloped, selling linen fabrics. The new site boasts the ability to order made-to-measure curtains and blinds. Simply select your fabrics, choosing your heading, lining and enter a few measurements. Couldn't be simpler.
Finally, we redesigned and redeveloped a brand new website for online optician Vision2You. Now with a fresh clean look and an even easier way to order your prescription glasses.
We will be updating the homepage and portfolio with visuals as soon as possible.
2009 was a great year for us and no doubt 2010 will be even better! It's already off to a flying start with a couple of newly launched websites. Optimised IT, a local IT support company now have a shiny new website to showcase their plethora of services and we've also just redesigned a joomla-powered website for Motivating Mum, offering business mentoring and coaching for start ups.
This month sees the launch of 2 new websites: A drupal-powered website for Ealing Music Therapy, a charity offering music therapy to children with learning difficulties. Pixel Air were proud to be chosen to design and build their well deserved but long overdue website. The organisation now has a digital outlet to talk about all the great work they're doing and how music therapy can benefit all children.
Secondly we have Play Days Nurseries who came to us with a clear requirement - to update their existing website to more accurately reflect their fun and playful brand and oganisation. The new website uses a big and bold user interface that clearly highlights their child-care services and nursery locations.
October has been a busy month indeed with the launch of 3 newly redesigned websites. Firstly there is the new wordpress-powered website for childrens entertainers The Action Station, who provide everything you could ever need to liven up your kids' parties, from mermaid storytellers to juggling clowns.
Then we have WM Project, specialists in high-end residential refurbishments and redevelopments and who can now showcase their incredibly impressive properties on their new Wordpress website.
Finally we're very proud to present the new and improved website for Jane Asher Party Cakes, who hired us to revamp their online store and make browsing their hundreds of sugarcraft products a piece of cake (no pun intended!). We'll be posting a case study on the redesign shortly.
Our designer Alex has had his first feature published on the Freelance Alliance website. Under the all-encompassing banner of 'This Month in Design' Alex discusses Google Chrome Frame, contract 'do's and don'ts' and common Photoshop mistakes. Read the article here..
The end of september saw Pixel Air turn 2 years old! Despite the current financial climate, we've been very fortunate to be able to say that our 2nd year has been very successful for us. We've worked with many fantastic clients over the past year and on a range of incredibly varied briefs that have kept us on our toes. Our 3rd year is already off to a flying start with a handful of very promising projects kicking off as we speak!
We launched two new drupal websites this month. The first is for Wole Training - a promotional website for personal trainer, fire-fighter and amatuer boxer Wole Adesemoye - winner to BBC's Last Man Standing. And secondly Love Salsa, a small business offering private and group salsa lessons. They hope the new website to eventually grow to become a portal for all things salsa in London.
Next month will see the launch of Jane Asher's newly redesigned online sugarcraft store - for all you baking and cake-decorating enthusiasts out there! Not to mention Pixel Air turns 2 years old!
We're looking for talented and enthusiastic local freelance web designers to help out with new and exciting projects. Full job descriptions can be found here.
This month's edition of Digital Arts magazine has an interview with our very own Alex Peterson. View PDF of the article.
Stay tuned for loads of new and exciting projects launching soon. The best way to stay updated is to follow us on twitter.
A few newly launched websites worthy of mention in the shape of The Luxe Cinema and Kate Westall as well as a couple of redesigns for Beez Kneez and Vivamus Psychologists. Portfolio section in the process of being updated.
As we seem to be talking about Web Standards a lot of the time with new clients we thought it best to write a short article explaining the benefits of Web Standards and why those pesky table-based website are bad for business and the web in general! Read More...
A belated Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all and wishing you the very best for 2009!
Cad & The Dandy has been featured in the Readers' Websites section of January's edition of .net magazine.
Do you have a potential project for us and would like a quote? Well, you can now fill out our online Quote Request Form and we'll get back to you with a few suggestions along with a quote.
The form may seem long, but they're all very relevant and the more we know about your project the more options we can provide you with for a suitable solution and of couse a more accurate quote.
We've just added a new sub-section to the Portfolio area for all our corporate identity work. Take me there now!
It's felt like 5 minutes, but we kid you not, it's been one whole solid financial year! We can't believe it either. Doesn't time fly when you're having fun debugging CSS and thinking up new AJAX interaction.
We'd like to thank all our wonderful clients who have kept us busy and amused over the past year. We're extremely lucky to be where we are today, feeling a lot wiser, more experienced and ready to tackle all the new and exciting oppotunities the next year will have in store!
The studio now has a new home in leafy Cheshire! We recently relocated to the historic town of Knutsford, just southwest of Manchester. Famous for Elizabeth Gaskell's novel Cranford and the Tatton Flower show.
Thanks to the flexible working nature of the web design world, business is as usual, with a few fresh websites launching and many exciting projects in the pipeline.
If you're a regular viewer of BBC Three you may have watched Britain's missing top model. We recently launched a new website for Love Productions the TV company behind this series and a few others, notably Young Mums' Mansion, Filthy Rich and Homeless and Cirque De Celebrité.
If you're planning a visit to Gibralter any time soon we highly recommend dropping in to our friends at the Savannah Lounge, a newly opened bar and restaurant on the island. More info on their new website of course!
A bunch of new websites painstakingly designed and proudly launched - links above. We've had such a busy couple of months so the news section has been a little neglected.
The long awaited @media 2008 is this thursday and friday - looking forward to sitting back and indulging in a few days of pure web geekery.
Soon to lauch is our biggest and most challenging website to date - watch this space.
And Alex is still one of Prickie's top sellers...
We've bought our tickets to @media 2008 - only the best annual web design and development conference! Very excited indeed. Plenty of fantastic speakers sharing their in-depth knowledge and experience. The @media website features various speakers' podcasts - a taste of what the event will have to offer so definately worth a listen.
We recently launched a newly designed website for T.P.C.M insurance- a small firm specialising in landlords insurance, based in Brighton - hence the colourful image of beach houses along the sea-front. The website has all the usual bits you'd expect form an insurance website such as an online quotation facility.
As you can see the website has taken on more of a blue tone to give it new vibrancy for 2008! The New Year has already brought with it a plethora of new and exciting projects. Some of which you should she going live over the coming weeks.
We recently launched The Open Space website. A new business skills training company with a twist. Not to mention taking care of the logo design and branding.
Freelance work opportunity - if you've had any experience designing or developing for Drupal then we'd really like to hear from you.
A quick monthly update. With the projects piling in it looks as though this Christmas will be spent not only tucking into mince pies but also debugging code and battling server issues - did anyone else experience the recent frustrating problems with (mt) and BT Internet? Inconceivable.
Only one noteworthy launch this month being West London Promotions, a local distribution company, who's website received the Web Standards treatment.
In the new year we'll hopefully be looking to take on a pair of freelance hands to help out with a few exciting projects. If you can write semantic code with your eyes shut and have a passion for producing funtional and smart looking websites then why not send us an Email. Any Drupal experience also a bonus.
I can't believe it's been a whole month already. It's seems like so much has happened in so little time. Client web design work has been coming in thick and fast and there are plenty of exciting projects lined up for the next couple of months, so overall it's been a very promising start for us!
A couple of websites will be launching very soon - Dylan Harrison's online portfolio of impressive advertising work and also the interactively rich Savannah Lounge website. Both use new features that we've been keen to implement such as flash video and a streaming music player. With UK broadband connectivity almost 90%(!) there's more reason to offer media rich content to your audience.
After countless iterations, grid layouts, font styles and tiled background images the website is finally launched! And No doubt plenty more changes and tweaks will be implemented along the way.
Welcome to all! It's been a long time in the planning and hopefully this will be the start of something really quite remarkable. Seeing as you've got this far please feel free to stay a while and browse our recent work. If you're here looking for highly creative web design and development then call us and we'll be happy to discuss your digital design needs!