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Do you need an SSL Certificate?
Jul201625

Do you need an SSL Certificate?

At NW Design we're passionate about security and data protection which is why our head software engineer, proficient in internet security spent the past 18 months developing our own very bespoke website framework RedPrism. ...

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Primary School Reward Cards and Stickers
Jul201615

Primary School Reward Cards and Stickers

Reward cards and stickers provide a fantastic way to reward primary school children within education and help to promote good behaviour in the classroom. For a number of years, we've been working with Leigh based Primary school, Leigh Central to help them with their school's marketing materials, branding and playground values. ...

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Workspace Design & Build Responsive Website Design
Jun201615

Workspace Design & Build Responsive Website Design

Working alongside a Manchester based PR firm we were given a brief to design and develop a responsive website and corporate logo for Workspace Design & Build. The design brief specified that the project must be built on Wordpress CMS, feature a contact form, gallery to showcase various Workspace case studies and blog. Wordpress is a great platform for those on a budget but our in-house coded framework RedPrism is better suited for people wanting something a little more bespoke and specialised.. A wireframe design and Photoshop mockup were initially created and presented to the client. The home page features the main hero slider featuring Workspace Projects and the whole site built with royal blue and grey is complemented by professional Photography of workspace projects. The Gibson font family was used for the project which hits the right spot for many people and on many levels. It is a humanist sans serif typeface designed by eminent Canadian type designer Rod McDonald. The big bold titles stand out on every page and fit the style of the site perfectly. The final result is a great looking website that looks beautiful on any device and showcases the client's projects. We have three tiers of website design: 1. Brochure style websites are our most affordable and serve well for businesses needing a primary web presence. 2. Wordpress built websites are our middle of the road price band. Wordpress is a CMS platform originally designed for blogging but over the years, it's been heavily modified and can also be used for online stores. Wordpress allows for the end user to change and add their own content. Built from base templates, we help to keep costs down for our customers. 3. RedPrism, is our fully bespoke framework and CMS, all hand coded in-house our backend developer created it to be lightning fast, secure and fully customisable to the customer's requirements. ...

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The Old Dog Gentleman's Barbershop Branding
May201611

The Old Dog Gentleman's Barbershop Branding

We've just taken on a branding project for a new barber shop in UP Holland, Skelmersdale. Here's how we helped the Old Dog Barbers Shop stand out by creating great branding and visual style solutions for this growing market. The Old Dog wanted to tap into the retro or vintage style and take on a very graphic nature using block colours or recognisable shapes having taken inspiration from barber shops of the 40s/50s. ...

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Google Adwords positions 1 & 4 Show increased CTR
Apr201626

Google Adwords positions 1 & 4 Show increased CTR

So a recent study made by Adobe Media Optimiser finds that the Paid Google SERPs (Search Engine Result Page) may be more beneficial to retailers who down bid their CPC and aim for position 3 or 4 as opposed to number 1 and 2 paid place. ...

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Saddle Stitching - Print Lingo
Apr201622

Saddle Stitching - Print Lingo

Having been in the design and print industry for over 35 years, we thought we'd start to create informative blog posts about the different types of print and print related lingo that often confuse clients. ...

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Cast Iron Design for Team Ironworks Wigan
Feb201622

Cast Iron Design for Team Ironworks Wigan

For some years, we've been working with Wigan's premier bodybuilding specialists and with over 30 years of training under their belts, there’s very little they haven’t seen or heard about in the world of bodybuilding and their passion for the sport has been the driving force behind the IRONWORKS brand. In 2010, they opened up a 1200sq/ft one stop bodybuilding superstore that offers a massive selection of the most up to date products in the world of bodybuilding & fitness. ...

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Small Business Sunday Event 2016
Feb201615

Small Business Sunday Event 2016

On Thursday, we travelled down to Birmingham for our second visit to the Small Business Sunday Winners Event held at the ICC. Every Sunday evening ex-Dragons Den star Theo Paphitis, an entrepreneur passionate about small businesses selects six companies from those who tweet him about their business and what makes them different. On a Monday evening, he re-tweets the selected businesses and they then become part of the #SBS winners club. We won our SBS award on the 14-12-14, just before Christmas and attended our first event in January 2015. Once a year Theo then invites the winners to an all inclusive event of talks, networking, questions and food and drink! This year the entrepreneurial guest speakers were Holly Tucker of Not on the High Street and Mike Pickles of really useful boxes. ...

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Desktop Roller Banner Design Service
Feb201605

Desktop Roller Banner Design Service

These quirky little desktop roller banners were created for a customer of ours, the Liverpool School of English. They are to be displayed at their premises to inform people of the up and coming summer school which will be held in London. ...

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SME Magazine Advert Design & Marketing 2016
Jan201615

SME Magazine Advert Design & Marketing 2016

Why not start 2016 with a bang and let us help you get noticed with magazine advertising ad creation. Pictured above is a recent full-page advertisement designed for Westhoughton-based Restaurant & Food Hall, Provenance. The advert has been published in Lancashire & Northwest Magazine, January 2016 and distributed to 28,000 readers. ...

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Improve your SEO and make customers happier in 2016 - Website and Page Speed
Jan201601

Improve your SEO and make customers happier in 2016 - Website and Page Speed

We all hate waiting and when it comes to the web, you have a limited window of opportunity to impress. If much of that window is spent waiting for a web page to load than navigating a site you’ve already blown it. Page load, page speed, download times – there are many names associated to this but it layman terms it means “how long does it take my website to load”. Page speed has become an important ranking factor and we’ve many reasons why you should care. Customer satisfaction and search engine optimisation. We’ve always been keen on website optimisation, which is why we try and save every kb we can. Earlier this year our youngest member of the team (software engineer Matt) started to develop our in-house framework and CMS RedPrism. The main reason for this was speed and security. ...

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Wishing All Our Customers a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in 2016
Dec201518

Wishing All Our Customers a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in 2016

2015 has been a great year for NW Design and we would like to thank all our clients, new and old, for being a part of it. Over the past 12 months, we've seen the business grow tenfold in both the services we offer and the clients we've been working with. We've achieved a lot this year - our client base has grown substantially, and in the first quarter we were accredited by Google and given official partner status. We are the only creative marketing agency in Wigan & Leigh that has this status in PPC Adwords Marketing and Analytics. Last Christmas we were hand picked by entrepreneur and ex-Dragons Den star Theo Paphitis and won his small business award. In January, we met Theo and the team and on the back of this, we gained media coverage when the local press found out. At the 2nd quarter, we had expanded our full-service agency with our very own professional photographer, adding more value to the products and services that we offer. By the 3rd quarter, we were well underway with the creation of our very own bespoke framework and CMS, going by the name of RedPrism. The youngest member of the family has been working hard and putting his software engineering degree to good use. We did some security testing on various sites built by competitors and some of the results were pretty scary. These tests showed a lot more positivity when running against RedPrism! In the end, we've developed a fast, scalable framework that allows us to develop bespoke websites, and our templating engine lets us give you a pixel-perfect design! At the 4th quarter, PHP7 was released, and we've been developing our new web framework with this in mind. The main benefit is the noticeable increase in speed - it's up to twice as fast as PHP5.6! We've got the ball rolling and plan to move our websites over to a new fully dedicated and scalable cloud server in the new year. This step will benefit both ourselves and our clients and we feel that this is a worthwhile investment for NW Design as we head towards 2016 and beyond. If you'd like to work with us in 2016, please email us or call us on 0161 327 2131. ...

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