Monday, November 19, 2012

Brave New Standards

There have been a few things we've been working on since our last blog post, most importantly the conversion to HTML 5. We decided to make this change not only to conform with the latest web standards and markup, but to standardize our site completely so we're ready when more and more of the web moves to this new revision of HTML.

Since older HTML tags will soon be deprecated, we wanted to make sure that our website looks exactly the same no matter who or what web browser is viewing the Likwid Reality Designs' home page. As you probably know, the vast network of "pipes" (known as the Internet) is clogged with hideous websites and bloated code. You can consider us "plumbers" of the web, who maintain clear and concise coding practices that don't stop up your bandwidth "sink".

All puns aside, we constantly do our part to make the web a cleaner place. Every single site we build shares the same obsession with perfection as our own and we always strive to be the best possible web designers around. We do this by keeping up with new technologies and learning more efficient coding practices as they become available.

We've also added more CSS 3 visual effects and jQuery functionality to our site. Applying these new language attributes has been a blast and it's expanded our arsenal of web design. This ultimately allows us to build better looking and more functional websites across the board.

If you or your business needs a great website or an update to an existing one, please let us know and we'll talk shop.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

LRD Version 2.0

Likwid Reality Designs has been in business for over 6 years now and we were long overdue for some positive changes. During the past few months we completely dissected our old website and decided it was way too big, outdated and just plain confusing. To be honest, I hated the site and thought it directly affected our revenue stream. Since we were facing an economic standstill, we went ahead and re-designed it from the ground up. Our home page is so much better now and we think you'll like it. Please go take a look. :-)

Version 2.0 features a brand new visual appearance with a neutral, earth-tone color scheme of light blue and brown. These colors are pleasing to the eye and go very well together... unlike our previous version which had too much contrast. We also consolidated our service offerings and added prices so there's no more guessing on how much something costs. All the fine print is in its place as well; away from what's important but still accessible to those who need it.

We've added AJAX functionality everywhere, made use of new properties included in CSS 3 and even came up with some new promotional buttons. You may have noticed the fresh theme of this blog too. It was coded to match our new site and compliment it instead of break the visual flow from page to page. I used a lot of the same styling on this blog as I did on the new website.

In conclusion, we've learned a lot from our past mistakes and are constantly trying to get better at what we do. Not only for ourselves, but more importantly for our existing and potential clients. As we've said from the beginning, we are here to build a better web, one website at a time.

Don't forget to write a comment at the bottom of this post. We'd love to hear from you and would appreciate any type of feedback on our new site!

- Mark Hillard (Lead Web Designer)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Vertical Growth

As we stand back and take an objective look at the things we have done, as well as the things we all aspire to do, we tend to get a skewed perspective of what the most important things are in life. For me personally, it is about growth. Not growth in the sense of height, but more in the sense of knowledge. I constantly strive to learn new things and at least get an idea of what they are about. You can't get a good view of the world without at least understanding what goes on in it.

Likwid Reality Designs takes its own look at growth. I am not as interested in our ascension to the top of web design stardom as I am in watching our core group grow into a well rounded, educated and happy set of people that are set on making everyone we work with ecstatic about their business. Being content with your job and doing it well is contagious!

As we take the time to grow our abilities, we find that the capabilities within ourselves have expanded beyond anything we aimed for. We all secretly have hopes and dreams that we keep locked up in the walls of our mind but it takes a special kind of person to lay those dreams out on the table for everyone to see. In our case, our dreams are all over the Internet. Proudly displayed for everyone to see. We all hope that our dream to make a web design company that actually cares about its customers' futures aides you in realizing your dream to see your company grow as it rightfully should.

You've worked hard to get where you are today. Why not keep pushing the envelope even further? Your imagination is our playground.

- Joe Nardella

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Winds of Motion

From the desk of Joe Nardella - Lead graphic designer and owner of Likwid Reality Designs: 

The Likwid Reality team has been absent from our company blog for quite some time now. In our absence, we have been fine tuning our service listings, acquiring new clients for the 2009 design year and rounding out the final areas of our team to allow our creativity to soar with no restrictions.

During the early part of 2008, we spent a pretty decent amount of capital in order to get our hardware and software back on track. With all the advancements in computers and design software, staying on the leading edge is a job in itself. Needless to say, we have stabilized our back end infrastructure and are ready to take on a new year of challenges, excitement and advancement.

In the wake of our internal advancement, the winds of motion have begun in many other facets of our company. Marketing has become a top priority as well as garnering a sense of pride in the work we are able to accomplish. A profitable business is nothing without a portfolio to back its claims. Each site that we complete allows us to delve deeper into the world of web design and we have learned more over the past year than we ever expected to. Field experience trumps book knowledge by miles and miles. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not being truthful with you.

We are also in the process of redesigning our main web site. I have to admit, I am so excited about the changes that are on the horizon for us. Everyone here at LRD is starting to really see the fruits of their labor and it shows in the input they have been providing to fully realize the overhaul. One of the greatest things about our type of business is the freedom to "go with the flow". As design standards change, we can seamlessly get on board with those changes with no adverse results to our overall structure. This freedom also translates effortlessly to projects with our customers. Give us an idea, we give you the finished product. No questions asked, just results.

Everyone has the hope that their business will flourish and grow. It's why we do what we do. The simple act of helping a small business fully realize their potential gives us a feeling that cannot be described in words. We couldn't be happier with the progress we have made in such a small amount of time. Likwid Reality started off as a tiny dream between two dedicated people. What resulted was an idea with unlimited potential, unlimited growth and unlimited creativity. I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish so far. I am proud of Mark for his continued dedication to everything that we do. I am proud of the whole LRD team for making us more than a great idea on paper. I am proud of the customers that trusted us with accelerating their future. This pride shows in everything we do... for you, our life line: Our customers who we view as our friends.

The winds of motion continue forward with Likwid Reality in their wake. We will be here when you are ready to make the step towards progress. 2009 is a big year for us all, we can't wait to show you why.

-Your imagination is our playground-

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Our Resolution

Happy New Year! 

We know there aren't too many of you who subscribe to this blog, but we hope to make more people aware of us and what we do. Please feel free to spread the word! We always appreciate any type of promotion. :-)

Our web site is now complete (besides a few minor updates). We welcome you to a new era of web design... a little something we like to call the "Likwid Standard". As an online company, we know how impersonal things can get on the Internet and it is normal to be cautious when deciding on different service providers, especially when it concerns the life of your business. We are here to not only provide a total solution for your business, but to introduce a more active and personal level of service and support.

We believe that a face-to-face consultation is the first and most important step to your online success. This first step allows us to talk about your business and figure out exactly what you will need. We only work on one project at a time for maximum efficiency and retention... so we can focus on your individual project with all the time and effort it deserves.

Our resolution to our new and existing clients is to continue providing quality design services and improve upon everything we have learned in the past. A new year will bring in new designs, which means that a few new businesses will be joining the online world with us.

If you or anyone you know needs a consultation, please drop us a line!