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Designing Effective Visual Communication March 1, 2017 | by Kevin Brennan

We often have clients pushing for more content on the front page of their website. They have a lot to say and feel hiding content behind clicks will lower their conversion rates. However, not all the information they have to share is as important as others. Too many calls-to-action on one page defeats the purpose Continue Reading »

The Cost of Cheap April 18, 2016 | by Russ Fee

If somebody offered you a car for $500, you’d be quite right to question whether what you’re getting is actually a bargain. It might have 4 wheels, some doors and it may move forwards and backwards, but you’d still have a couple questions. The raw materials alone probably cost more, so something is clearly missing. A cheap website isn’t Continue Reading »

5 Things to Know Before Starting a Web Project March 9, 2016 | by Russ Fee

If you’ve never been involved in the creation of a website before, there are some paths that can lead to delays or bloated budgets. We’ve identified what we feel are the biggest pitfalls and how to avoid them. 1. You’re Likely Underestimating How Long Content Will Take In the majority of sites we make, the client Continue Reading »

WordCampYYC Presentation May 29, 2015 | by Russ Fee

Tim and I were lucky enough to speak at this year’s WordCampYYC in Calgary. Our presentation was on using Advanced Custom Fields to deliver a much richer experience for your clients. We’ve added a condensed version of the slide deck below (the original has a bunch of animations and is massive). If you’re looking for Continue Reading »

Your Role in the Design Process February 8, 2015 | by Tim Hamilton

Last month, we talked a little bit about some basic questions to ask yourself and prospective candidates when you’re hiring a web designer. Now you’ve got yourself a designer, you’re all (hopefully) excited about collaborating on an excellent project. How do you interact effectively to keep stress to a minimum and ensure the chances for Continue Reading »

Hiring a Designer January 7, 2015 | by Tim Hamilton

Hi there! I’m Tim Hamilton, and I’m the newest member of the Build Studio team. I joined Kevin and Russ back in September as a web designer and front-end developer. You can learn more about me on my author page. This is the first part of a series on the designer-client relationship, specifically from the Continue Reading »

Step on Up to the Content Saloon (Highlights) July 10, 2013 | by Russ Fee

We recently attended Content Saloon, a Social Media event in Calgary that highlighted some prominent businesses and individuals in social media. @YYCFoodTrucks, @Enbridge and @CalgaryTransit came representing the businesses, while @dansgoodside, @mandystobo, and @codyincalgary spoke for the individuals. The main event was a fire-side chat between writer/comedian @kellyoxford (one of Calgary’s latest and greatest exports) and Continue Reading »

How Long Does it Take to Build a Website? June 5, 2013 | by Russ Fee

The question “how long does it take to build a website?” is one of those inquiries that web folk get uncomfortable answering. Because it’s such a loaded question, there’s enough variables in play that it’s almost impossible to nail down an overly accurate answer. If I give you a short time frame I risk not Continue Reading »