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Advanced Custom Fields and qTranslate-X

23 August 2016 | Website Design, WordPress

One of our favorite plugins when building WordPress sites is the fantastic Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) by Elliot Condon which makes creating, editing and using custom fields within posts extremely easy. For those sites that simultaneously use the popular multilingual plugin qTranslate-X, however, things aren’t as straightforward. There is a plugin in the WordPress repository, ACF qTranslate, which supposedly allows custom fields to work with qTranslate but it hasn’t been updated for a while and appears to be broken when using the latest versions of ACF (v5.4 and higher). Continue reading »

Newspaper-Style Menu Design for RockPool Fire & Ice

26 August 2015 | Graphic Design

Kanda Residences, one of our website design clients, approached us for the design of a menu for their fantastic beachfront restaurant: RockPool. Ultimately, we came up with a newspaper-style look and feel for the menu. Have a look at the result below:

Newspaper-style Menu for RockPool Fire & Ice

Gem Adventurer™ Logo Design

25 February 2015 | Graphic Design, Logo Design

Here’s a logo we recently designed for Gem Adventurer™, a new company focused on marketing colored gemstones on television home shopping networks.

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More pictures include just the definitive logo mark as well as a version of the logo with a strapline.

Gem Adventurer™ Logo Mark

Gem Adventurer™ Logo Mark

Gem Adventurer™ Logo with Strap Line

Gem Adventurer™ Logo with Strap Line

Outlet Logo for AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa

17 November 2014 | Graphic Design, Logo Design

We were recently tasked with preparing a set of logos for three food & beverage outlets at the new AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa.  The first of the three logos was for their lobby bar/lounge named Gravity.

Needless to say, there’s a lot that can be associated with the word “gravity” so it was fun coming up with a range of designs that would in some way relate to the word.  Ultimately though, we wanted to focus on “gravity” as a force of attraction, i.e. a place where guests would be drawn to (or gravitate towards) and also a place where people meet (get together).

Here’s a look at the final logo that was chosen.

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Gravity logo: full color version

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Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort Calendar

15 January 2014 | Graphic Design, Printing

We’ve been helping the Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, one of our longest-standing clients, to produce their annual desktop calendar for a number of years now.  Here’s this year’s edition:

calendar design mockup

Dollars for Deeds Logo Design

25 December 2013 | Graphic Design, Logo Design

DFD_Logo_LetterPress_Mockup

Anantara Hotels, Resort & Spas recently launched ‘Dollars For Deeds‘ – an initiative which invites guests to donate USD $1 a night during their stay to raise funds for a range of worthy causes.  Prior to the launch of the program, we were approached to design the new Dollars for Deeds logo.

We must admit, the brief was a little tricky… in a few words: make it casual and somehow include an elephant and turtle into the logo!  And it became even more of a challenge when we were asked to add a child into the logo as well.

What you see above is the final version of the logo designed by Zighead Communications (with a little letterpress styling added for effect)!

Customizing WordPress Admin Panel: ‘At A Glance’ Widget

24 December 2013 | Website Design, WordPress

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With most sites we build for clients using WordPress, we do a little customization work on the original WordPress admin area.  One area we often customize is the Dashboard’s ‘Right Now’ widget, which since the upgrade to WordPress 3.8 has come to be known as the ‘At a Glance’ widget.

Despite the name change, the ‘At a Glance’ widget displays the same information as it’s predecessor, including the number of posts and pages that have been published on the site.  Quite often you’ll want to include your custom post types amongst this list, hence the need for customization. Continue reading »

Enqueue IE Conditional Stylesheets in WordPress

02 August 2013 | Website Design, WordPress

You’ve enqueued your CSS files the correct way in WordPress, but what about those pesky IE-conditional stylesheets?

In the example that follows, we’ll demonstrate how to load the default FontAwesome stylesheet from the NetDNA CDN and then show you the quick and easy way to load the IE7 version conditionally. Continue reading »

Business Card Mock-Up: Events Travel Asia

11 June 2013 | Corporate Identity, Graphic Design

Earlier we posted a sampling of the logo we designed for Events Travel Asia.  Sticking with the same corporate identity, here’s the company’s business card design:

business card design

Installing WordPress on Multiple Folders with IIS

08 June 2013 | Website Design, WordPress

We recently were faced with the need to add an online store onto an existing site.  The original site was built with WordPress, however its theme didn’t lend itself well to our WordPress e-commerce plugin of choice: WooCommerce.

To overcome this with minimal fuss, we chose to run another installation of WordPress using a WooCommerce friendly theme in a subfolder of the site (i.e. domain.com/shop/).

When testing this setup on localhost with XAMPP, we didn’t encounter any issues at all — pretty permalinks worked fine with requests to any posts/pages within the /shop folder being recognized correctly. Continue reading »

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