Recently finished: Denise Logsdon

deniselogsdonWe just finished the new website for editor Denise Logsdon. Denise is a freelance editor who provides a range of services from copyediting to substantive novel critiques. Her clients range from the very technical and corporate to novelists.

You can visit our project page for the site here. Here’s what Denise had to say about the project:

“A custom-designed website seemed like such an extravagance for my very small business, but then I took a look at the competition and their dull, busy, obviously templated sites and realized that a custom design was exactly what I needed. Sierra took the time to bring together backgrounds, images, and fonts into a configuration that perfectly reflects my services and professional ethos. She worked with me patiently and uncomplainingly to ensure that every detail was correct. Mike then used her artistic vision to build a sleek, intuitive site that seamlessly directs visitors to the information they need. I wholeheartedly recommend this smart, insightful, and creative team. They can put together an effective, visually stunning site for any type of business.”


Just finished! Nisey Knits

We just finished the beautiful new website for knitter Denise Twum and her business, Nisey Knits. Denise was fabulous to work with and presented us with some interesting new challenges–mainly, how to incorporate information from other sites like Etsy and Ravelry.

You can visit our project page for the site here. This was a really fun project and one of Sierra’s most favorites.

Small business site: Anders Johansson, CPA

Over the summer, we finished a design and build site for Bay Area accountant Anders Johansson.

You can read about the project here.

Mike and I love working with small business professionals who need a web presence. Most times, there are things we can recommend to make things easier for the business–in this case, Anders had a long, hard-to-type URL for his business site. We recommended an easy, catchier URL and voila, was registered. The other thing about this project was that Anders already had a generic WordPress template he’d been using, but he wanted a custom design. This was fun to work on.

The Pearl Project Website

I’m excited to announce the completion of a really wonderful venture, the Pearl Project. Mike and I did a full design and build on this. This site launches a new lung cancer awareness project. Did you know there’s a 16% overall 5 year survival rate for lung cancer?? That’s pretty staggering. The Pearl Project aims to bring awareness, especially to women, of a cancer that doesn’t get as much press as other forms of cancer.

The design on this site required meeting a very specific set of requirements. The design needed to be clean and functional–the site must solicit donations, volunteers, and support. But it also needed to inspire hope, be comforting to those who have lost loved ones to lung cancer, and also be feminine.The site also needed to be able to hold its own in a sea of cancer awareness nonprofit websites. As well, our client is making this venture a massive part of her life–perhaps her primary venture. So the site needed to carry weight. This wasn’t a casual awareness effort–this is a full scale deal. Our client, Kristina, was happy with the end result–so happy that she asked me to design the Pearl Project logo too.

The logo was a real labor of love. We based it off a very specific sketch of Kristina’s that matched the Pearl Project’s line of pearl jewelry.

I’m delighted to add this website to my portfolio, because I believe in the importance of lung cancer awareness after designing the site, and I am pleased to support that.


Beach Vacation Getaway

Mike and I just finished a website for a vacation rental business, Beach Vacation Getaway. This was a fun project–you can read more about it on the project page for this site.

Kathleen Barsotti Foundation

Mike and I recently completed a website that we’re really excited about: the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. Kathleen Barsotti and her family started Capay Valley’s Farm Fresh to You service, an organic, sustainable farm that grows produce for Bay Area delivery.

The site is awaiting further development from the foundation, but the home page and subpages are done. Alas, I didn’t do that beautiful logo, but what I did do was take the client’s directives on color and feel, and turn it into reality. Mike, of course, did the build. We’re both really pleased with the result.

Read more about the project here.

Small Business Site: Black Fox Literary Mag

Black Fox is a new literary magazine that is already on their second issue.  Black Fox Literary was one of Atmosphere’s first projects. I presented several design options to the good ladies at Black Fox, going for an elegant, stark look with a serif font. Ultimately they wanted to stick with the font they’d been working with in their first issue– a very round, sans serif font with the fox in the O. Using their title header, I arranged it in and did a few rounds of structure mock ups so they were happy with the colors and menus, and then we began building.

It’s always good to see a website get off and running, and the clients happy.

Visit (and hey! submit your fiction!) Black Fox Literary Magazine.