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Blog Makeovers

It’s that time of the year again, the seasons have changed and everything around us is starting to brighten up and look more cheerful. Heavy boots and winter woolies are being banished to the back of the wardrobe and sandals and summer frocks are bravely being donned (in spite of very pale skins and the threat of a chilly snap) – Isn’t spring just so inspiring?

Well don’t let your renewed enthusiasm for life go wasted. Have you thought about extending this inspiration to another aspect of your everyday life, you much loved blog or portfolio?

Why not give this often neglected aspect of your digital life a little spring time love? This could mean a complete colour overhaul, maybe some new buttons and icons, a fresh new blog header – or possibly a refreshed logo? Or you could go all out and redesign your entire look and feel – even refreshing your FaceBook and Twitter accounts? What ever it is you wont regret it. Keeping your online presence fresh and up to date is an important aspect in maintaining a smart and professional digital presence.

“But it’s so tricky and I don’t know what to do or where to start…” I hear you protest.
“I don’t know anything about code and technical bits and pieces” and ” I kinda know what I want but simply don’t have time to do it…” are definitely all very valid excuses, but these should not be stumbling blocks that make your presence online suffer.

The most critical part of your Blog MakeOver process is finding the right designer.

What you need is to find a strong designer who can listen and understand what it is that you need out of your blog/portfolio or website – after all, this tool needs to work for you.

After that your designer must take the time to find out a bit about you and your style – your online presence must reflect your unique style perfectly.

Ideally reworking your website (blog/portfolio) should be an exciting adventure for you and once you are done, you should feel super proud with a renewed sense of enthusiasm to keep blogging and posting updates.

Picking the right designer is critical to getting this right – you must feel confident that the time and effort you have put into building up your business, blog or portfolio is being handled with the respect it deserves – a good designer will get this right.

Spend that little bit of extra time looking for them and you won’t be disappointed, after all investing in a bespoke piece is always far better that buying a mass produced item out of a box.

20% Discount

As a incentive to get you to re-look your online presence I am offering an exclusive 20% Spring Discount – this means that if you book and secure your Blog MakeOver & Design before Friday 10th October 2014, you will get a 20% discount – what a deal!

Now there is simply NO reason for neglecting your blog. You too can start the new season with the freshest of designs – simply contact me now.

Go on, do it! You will be so pleased you did, check out some of my previous clients who did just that: Or you can see them highlighted on the blog here

If you are interested in giving your Blog a new lease on life then please give me shout here I would love to hear about it. Dont forget that you have till Friday to secure your booking and get a whopping 20% discount on a MakeOver.

Recent Work – KIN Culture website

KIN Culture

I recently had the pleasure of working on the design for the online presence for KIN Culture, a faith based organisation where orphans and vulnerable children are given a home and a bright future.

The job, was from beginning to end, such fun. The team from Kin Culture are really amazing and we gelled really well right from the start. The brief was simple – keep it clean and totally different to other charity websites – ie not a site filled with sad photos of poor starving orphans who desperately need your help.

In fact, the client’s feelings where so strong on this, that they decided to do a photo shoot, ensuring the perfect shots that would best suite the website style and the business’s tone and approach. Luckily all the right people where available to help out and after much planning and and organising we where set.

One afternoon of fun and laughter washed with a ton of green powder paint – and voila – the most amazing photos (& video) ever.

Thanks to Kikitography for their crazy photographic skills and to Shoot and Create for their ultra cool “Behind the Scenes” videography.

Going forward I will be working with the team from KIN Culture to take their website to the next level. They are about to start serious work on the actual development of their village and with this the website is expected to help generate necessary publicity and involvement needed in such a mammoth task.

Be sure to check out the KIN Culture website here. Also check out their Facebook page – to see what they are currently up to. This is such an exciting project, perhaps you too can get involved.

Best of luck team!


Are you keen on doing some similarly exciting work online? Then why not check out my portfolio. I am available for all forms of digital design and would love to chat about your project.

Also don’t forget about my Blog MakeOvers – I am always keen to get stuck into a fellow blogger’s redesign and would love to hear from you.


KIN Cluture

Blog MakeOver – Marianne Jonker Photography

Happy days – Marianne Jonker Photography’s website went live – another very successful Blog Makeover.

Working with so may amazing photographers really has left me feeling very blessed – flip there are some amazingly talented folks out there and getting to design for some of them really has inspired me in all aspects of my work – Marianne Jonker being one of these super talented peeps. Not only is Marianne a gifted photographer, but she is also a mega Mum and really super sweet gal. I am so lucky to have such uber cool clients!

I had great fun working on Marianne’s website and I am so impressed with how her photos now sit so beautifully within her new online presence – a stunning match.

Below you can see the initial mood board I put together before starting any design work – I do this for all my Blog MakeOver clients, it’s such a fun part of the job as the client is normally very involved in selecting imagery to best describe their style – beside who can resist a good afternoon spent in Pinterest land.

Are you interested in giving your much loved blog or website a little MakeOver? Why not give me a shout and lets make it happen. Check out my portfolio for more examples of work I have done

Marianne Jonker PhotographyMarianne Jonker Photography

Check out Marianne Jonker’s new portfolio

Interested in a Blog Makeover or any other Digital Design Work? Check out my portfolio.

Blog Makeovers and Website Design

Are you wanting to start 2014 on a fresh, clean note? Is your blog or website looking a little tired and in need of some love? Why not give me a shout, a Blog Makeover could be just what is needed.

Blog Makovers - Pretty Pretty

Yes, I know – you have every intention of attending to this daunting task, but you are super busy – and somehow your portfolio/website/blog design always gets reprioritized, eventually falling off the list entirely.
Well don’t waste anymore time putting off this simple and fun task – give me a shout now? I could help out!

Along with doing all sorts of digital design, I also love helping out fellow bloggers with livening up their much loved blogs.

Hey, giving your website/blog/portfolio a refresh should not be a painful experience – in fact it should give you the boost you need to make 2014 the best year yet, so give me a shout – I would love to help you get back in the swing of things.

Why not check out my portfolio to see some of the recent work I have done.

I look forward to a year of lots of fabulous makeovers – book yours now!

My New Portfolio goes live

Joanne Reidy | Digital Designer

Putting together my portfolio has always been a laborious job and one that invariably gets put off – I suppose it comes down to making the time to work on a job that won’t immediately pay. But sometimes, investing in one’s self is the only way to actually make money. So determined to get my act together I embarked on updating my online presence – no easy task – the portfolio gods seemed to be against me from the start. Lots of things kept creeping in, little jobs that needed tweaking and admin that needed doing (you know the story) Then, out of nowhere, my dear laptop decided Christmas holidays where just too far away and perhaps taking a little unscheduled break NOW would be lovely (…panic!)

I was devastated – potentially I had lost a bunch of documents… eek! This meant that my baby had to go in for a very expensive data recovery procedure resulting in three unplanned days without a laptop. IMPOSSIBLE!

I nervously waited for news and, as luck would have it, the lost documents where not retrievable. How frustrating. Luckily I had backups, but these where outdated and some where in fact lost entirely. Yikes, all of this fuss could have been avoided had I been doing regular backups to Time Machine. Well I suppose hind sight is 20/20 (lesson learnt!).

Anyhow, while my laptop was in for repairs, I was faced with unthinkable amounts of “internetlessness”. What would I do without my daily dose of Pinterest? Surely the moon would spin out of its orbit and come crashing into my house? Thank goodness for my trusty iPad, I made it through the 3 days and lived to tell the tale.

Funny how working 90% of my time on a computer – when faced with no laptop I almost didn’t know what to do with my time. Luckily I had a massive commission of a hundred Beasty Brooches (more about this exciting job to come) which needed finishing off and packaging, so I had no excuse for laziness and sadly could not spend my laptop’s recovery time languishing in the sun, Pinning things (damn it!)

Well, after being re-united with my baby, I quickly got back into my portfolio re-design and I am happy to say that my new “One Page” portfolio went live just last week – check it out.

This means I am officially open and ready for business. If you are looking for a freelance web designer, then I am your gal. Also if you are desperately needing to spruce up your blog, then give me a shout – I would love to hear from you.

Rebecca Groves Photography goes live

I am so lucky – I get to work on amazing projects with really exciting people. One of these inspiring peeps is my most recent Blog Makeover client Rebecca Groves. Rebecca is a super talented photographer who’s work makes you want to get married all over again (just for the photos). After much hard work, many late nights and a ton of emails, Rebecca’s new website went live this week.
Check it out:
Thanks Rebecca for being such a rocking client!

Is your blog (or website) in need of some loving? Why not drop me a line, I may be able to help. Check out my website for more info.

Below you can have a sneak peak at a couple of steps in my design process. For all my Blog Makeover clients I put together a mood board of imagery collected on Pinterest.

Rebecca Groves - Mood board (Pretty Pretty)

For some clients I also put together a brand board, it helps set the tone and showcases how the new look brand will be best represented online.

Rebecca Groves - Brand board (Pretty Pretty)Rebecca Groves - Blog Makeover (Pretty Pretty)

Check out Rebecca’s new website here.