Emma knows what’s up. With a publishing deal established and her new book set to launch in the fall of 2016 she contacted me almost a year early to get her website up and running. She knew the importance of getting established early and starting to build an author platform for her upcoming readers. Her new website has already allowed her to begin sending new industry contacts and readers to a central place to learn more about her and her book.
Emma wanted a whimsical design that would appeal to children but not be offputting to teachers, parents, and librarians who may also be coming to her site. She’s been blogging regularly to keep content fresh and readers coming back for more. We also built in a Resources section of the site where Emma can upload activities, crafts, questions and more for parents and librarians – all built around her book.
And when her book finally does drop, she already has a place to put it and knows how to make her website work for her. The ease of WordPress and integration with Pinterest are valuable tools that have her one step ahead.
Lastly, Emma loved the design so much that we easily brought a consistent visual flow over into some of her print and marketing pieces.
Brad is easy to work with and very quick to respond to any concern. When we started the web building process, I had a sense of my visual tastes, but very little design vocabulary to talk about those tastes. Brad effectively translated my half-formed ideas into a beautiful website, and he gave me lots of choices and allowed plenty of feedback. He also did a great job making the web design flexible enough to evolve with my needs (for example, my book is not yet available for pre-order, but Brad set up the site so that the order page is ready when the book becomes available).
He has a strong sense of what authors need to have on their websites, so I would trust Brad with choice of content as well as design. Brad designed my site to work well with both my career as a children’s author and in academia but still feel seamless. I can edit the site myself using WordPress, which is very intuitive for any computer user. Even so, Brad offered to help me learn the ropes and is always available for questions.
Brad provided very clear and understandable (for those of us who are tech challenged) directions on the process, explaining the steps he would take to build and design the site, as well as the input he wanted from me, and the training involved once the site was complete. Brad, who has a sharp eye for design, ran with it and produced a great site. He does good work.
Brad made the process of developing my web site not only painless, but positively enjoyable. His enthusiastic, “can-do” attitude permeated every discussion we had. I would recommend him to any writer looking to develop a web site!
His ability to grasp an organization’s goals and translate them into images is pitch-perfect. With his upbeat attitude and timely delivery, he is a real pleasure to work with.
Brad is an incredible designer. My book’s website is exactly what I wanted, even though I couldn’t even begin to articulate what I wanted before talking to Brad. Not only is the website wonderful, but he finished it faster than he promised, and he was great to work with. I am so glad I hired Brad for this project. I am absolutely delighted with the results.
I had a terrific experience working with Brad. He was at all times flexible, patient, and responsive. Above all, Brad is a terrific person and working with him was a pleasure.
Brad came up with a powerful visual look and graphic design that tied together the various “chapters” in my story. What’s more, he is a pleasure to work with—a great listener and highly collaborative!
Brad’s design work is creative and impeccable — and best of all, he listens well and asks all the right questions, with no assumptions about his clients’ experience.
After scouring dozens of author websites I contacted Brad – because his designs are clean and tight, and he is easy to work with. From inspecting his initial concept drafts, it was clear that selecting Brad was the right move.
Brad’s creative insight is easily accessible through constant communication and feedback. He’s concerned about your vision, and it shows in the final product. He has a consistent devotion to making your vision a reality.
It was a pleasure to work with Brad at Apt Design. On the design front, his concepts were spot on, so we never got started on false trails. And he easily and accurately incorporated my feedback in a comfortable back-and-forth dialogue that resulted in a strong final product. I remain extremely pleased with the result.
As an author, I wanted something that would showcase my books, but do so by telling a kind of story. And that is exactly what Brad accomplished. The finished product is beautiful, evocative and efficient, just like a great novel.
I really can’t recommend Brad highly enough. He’s come through for us time after time, and always delivers outstanding work. His sites are beautiful and functional works of art. Brad has designed the websites for some of our biggest authors. You know he’ll deliver an amazing site, right on schedule.
Brad effectively translated my half-formed ideas into a beautiful website, and he gave me lots of choices and allowed plenty of feedback. He also did a great job making the web design flexible enough to evolve with my needs.