Can anyone recommend any web design companies nearby?
I'm looking for ones that are particularly good with CSS…
20 Jul 2006 12:13
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Well, i'm fantastic at CSS but i'm not a company. I've found exactly one company in the warwickshire/coventry area that doesn't look too bad but they don't appear to be taking on new work at the moment: link
If you do happen to find a good company in the area, I wouldn't mind knowing about it since i'm looking for a job :p
20 Jul 2006, 15:09
Funnily enough, I was thinking of you when I was writing my blog entry…
20 Jul 2006, 15:12
(in a totally CSS way – before anyone gets the wrong idea!)
Thanks for the weblink as well. I found them yesterday, such a shame they're not taking any new projects.
20 Jul 2006, 15:20
Hmm, I commented earlier but it seems to have vanished into the ether…
Anyway, Compliant Design are local and friendly – their emphasis is on website accessibility, which includes good use of CSS. And they actually charge reasonable prices too!
20 Jul 2006, 15:28
Catherine, no idea what happened to your comment – I certainly didn't delete it.
Thanks for that link. I see what you mean about their emphasis on accessibility, although I'm not too sure about the menu buttons with the black / blue on dark green/light green…
20 Jul 2006, 15:52
I commented from the Ajaxy droppy–down comments box on the front page of recent entries, and a message popped up saying "Your comment has been posted". Never saw the comment though, so I thought it was being held for moderation or something… just a bug I suppose.
And to clarify, you know that accessible doesn't necessarily equal boring, don't you? (Insert obligatory link to the CSS Zen Garden)
20 Jul 2006, 16:16
Well, the majority of accessibility comes automatically if you do your html and css correctly so I always find it a bit amusing when people say they put an emphasis on it. I guess it takes a bit more effort, but it's something i'd always do before launching any website.
Compliant Design seems to have the right idea about accessiblity being important, but I don't rate their design too highly. I generally find that a web design company's own site is a safe way to judge them, especially if they don't an extensive online portfolio.
20 Jul 2006, 16:32
There's bit10 on the Science Park.
(I'm saying this quietly before someone over at elab shoots me.)
20 Jul 2006, 16:49
bit10 are an odd one, they seem really keen on keeping up to date with new technologies which is fantastic, and some of their porfolio is quite good (Severn Trent Water isn't bad, a few areas that could be improved but a nice idea overall) but other projects seem quite lazy design–wise.
But if they had any vacancies for designers i'd apply there quite happily.
They do seem the best bet for what you need though.
20 Jul 2006, 18:06
I've found its better to get one company/person to do graphic design and another company/person to do the web development. Web developers tend to be rather pants at making things look good.
Try some of the highly rated people on www.rentacoder.com
I've used the site before and got great results very cheaply.
20 Jul 2006, 18:41
Thanks for all the help. I spoke to Bit10 yesterday…
For those who are interested, I emailed Torn Design last night (mentioned in Comment 1), to see if they could suggest anyone and I got a lovely email back from an Andrew Booth with these suggestions:
The following three firms might be good to check out:
– www.edleadesign.co.uk (single good designer)
– www.auburn.co.uk (small team)
– www.bda.co.uk (slightly larger agency)
Other freelance designers that could do CSS work may be found via
21 Jul 2006, 10:05
Ooh getting talked about on Warwick blogs!! Theres recognition of fame for you (Casey thanks for the mention – I am sure elab won't mind!).
For the record we do a lot of projects in CSS, which reflects our focus on information architecture and usability.
Its really interesting seeing the external persons perspective of bit10 is and what we do. We are currently going through a brand identity exercise to convey a common message and its extremely difficult – any thoughts on us (good or bad) are much appreciated!
31 Jul 2006, 19:07
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