3D miniatures online shop web site

Drunken Guard Logo and Web Site Design

Supporting young local start up business’ is at the heart of COG media’s ethos. So when someone very close to us needed a brand and online shop web site for their 3D Printing company we were delighted to get involved. 

3D miniatures online

Having known Fionnbharr from The Drunken Guard since he was a young lad we didn’t much in the way of a “getting to know you” meeting. This meant the logo and branding were in the bag very quickly. On the the eCommerce website. Wanting to keep the site clean but still appealing to the target audience a cartoon look was the route we went down. With pretty much all the imagery on the site coming from the various licences The Drunken Guard a few elements and styles were created ready for hand over.

Running a online shop

With server space and load times more and more important now, when the Woocommerce website was ready Fionnbharr came in for one on one training on good practise on how to add products and images. As all his 3D printed models are available in a number of sizes and delivery styles each variable product needed to be created with a few rules in mind, Very soon Fionnbharr was populating the site like a pro. 

Continuing Website Support

With some of our own projects in mind we continue to help and support The Drunken Guard to add new suppliers tweaks to the site… Still cant get him to blog, but you cant win everything. 

Need brand and website update?

COG media can help you get your company web site designed and start selling to the world. Contact our web design team today and get our offer on website hosting! 

    DWA Ecology Logo Design

    DWA Ecology Logo Design
    Creating a logos we have to get a real understanding of the people behind the logo and how the logo needs to work the the business. DWA Ecology logo design was no different, We had David over and got to know him and all about the company. Wanting for identify all the divisions and ecological areas DWA were active in, a multi icon logo was the main focus for the initial concepts. From the meeting the style of th existing log as given as a starting point. Running with this, a line based design in a boarded icon was the route we went down.

    Early vector line logo contents for DWA Ecology

    Providing both ecological and arboricultural consultancy specialising in surveys for protected species in relation to planning and development, including bats, badgers, great crested newts, reptiles and birds as well as flora and fauna it was difficult to nail to down to just three, so we extended with concepts to five icons. Switching from lined icons to solid to allow the logo design to work in smaller places it would be used 

    DWA Ecology Logo Concepts

    Not knowing our pipstril from our fruit bats a number of bats designs came and went, managing to avoid the BATMAN logo entirely we did fly close the the Smirnoff logo, not helped by the fact we had it in a red icon. After a few more meetings with David it became clear the badger icon and colouring was a stand out favourite so concentrating on that a final version of the logo and all its variations were created and can now be seen across all the DWA branding.

    All the brand development for all the other logos will not go to waste and will be division retailed along with their colours for reports and areas of the website. 

    DWA Ecology final logo design

    Social Zesh Video Editing back catalogue

    Social Zesh Video Edits

    Video Editing Training Videos

    Having sat through, participated  and watched all the Social Zesh training videos and business hub sessions we were delighted when Martin asked us to go through and cleanup and edit all the back catalogue. Cleaning up each Zoom sessions removing the guests from covering the slide content  while adding in our 3D rendered video into and outro bumpers. 

    Zoom Video Presentation Edit

    Zoom and the guest were gone

    Martin’s invaluable Social Zesh weekly sessions offer a wide range of detailed and in-depth courses on all things social media. Calling on experts … Including our very own Martyn Oakley on the Google Core Update. 

    Getting straight to the PowerPoint Slide Master

    Social Zesh PowerPoint Slide Master

    Having working in the conference industry for many years we’re seen our fair share of PowerPoint presentations. Both good and bad! Being a member of Social Zesh member for a while now it made sense for us to help Martin Reynolds come up with a functional PowerPoint Slide Master. As part of our project to edit and refine the existing back catalogue of Social Zesh social media training videos it was easy for us to see how a structured PowerPoint Slide Master could improve Martins continuity in presentations.

    Let the Slide Master take the stain

    PowerPoint as really change for the last couple of decades and doesn’t have the what can only be described as “over the top” effects of a certain presentation platform we could mention. But a few of the updates have really made PowerPoint the go to tool for presentations. The slide master setup will allow you to configure how layouts will function to compliment your brand and ease of  slide production. We used this to great effect with the Social Zesh template with crucial elements built it for Laptop and mobile devices so Martin could simple click the add media button and screen shots will sit neatly on the slide. No more jumping around the screen.

    Social Zesh PowerPoint support

    As the saying goes “Size Matters”

    As we live in a UHD world these days the first thing we do is create a slide size to suite a 4K resolution so if a slide based edit is required there will be no upscaling going on. Font sizes are all set for headings, body text and other text elements. Placement of text on slides can make or break a presentation. There’s nothing worse than seeing headers jumping around the screen and text sizes changing to cram more copy in.

    KISS  (Keep it simple stupid) is a good rule of thumb. No one did it better than Apple founder Steve Jobs in his Mac World presentations. Simple clean backdrop with the minimalist amount of text or even no text at all so the focus was always on him.

    One door closes and another one opens

    Dessert Lounge Norwich One door closes another opens

    One door closes and another one opens, never a truer word said. When the sad news that a client was going to close its was more than upsetting. Having watched the Andy and the team go from logo thru signage production and menu design, tasting the all their delicious wares along the way we felt like part of the team.

    Sweet beginnings

    A few short weeks after the Smokehouse shut it doors for the last time Andy sent the new owners our way to continue where we had left off.

    New Logo Design

    The new team had a model they wanted to follow and whilst paying homage to the Norwich Smokehouse original logo. So let’s face it they came to the right place. With only a screen grab and reference to the London takeaway we set out the logo design. Knowing we’d need to to work in signage and website but also as an avatar we created a logo that could be adapted to work in all arenas. Looking to be as cost effective as possible an early candidate for the logo was sent over to the guys.

    Dessert Lounge Norwich Logo concept and Final version

    With just a font change from our first concept the new brand was created for Dessert Lounge Norwich. As with all our logo designs we created the reversed and avatar versions to be used in all the usual social media platforms.

    Shop Signage Design

    Having worked on the signage for Norwich Smokehouse we had all the measurements and files on hand to create the Dessert Lounge Norwich’s new sign. Wanting to stand out from the crowd, we were asked to create a 3D sign making the logo element stand forward of the exiting illuminated tray. Creating layers in Adobe Illustrator for each part of the sign we soon had it in out 3D package to see how it would all come together. With the smallest of tweaks based on feedback from the sign company a final set of artwork was created and it was over to Fitt Signs & Graphics to craft the new face for the Dessert Lounge Norwich.

    Dessert Lounge 3D Extruded Signage Design


    Can you do menus?

    As we were involved with most things with the Norwich Smokehouse the next part of the journey with DLN was to create the new menu design, As the saying goes you “eat with your eyes” the task was to make the menu as eye catching as possible. Time to have some fun with the layout and new branding! Not normally a fan of ramming a menu full of images we took a different stance with the menu this time. Adding in instantly recognisable logos for all to delicious shakes DLN would be selling makes the mouth water. We are certainly looking forward to trying each and every one of them!

    Dessert Lounge Norwich COG media menu design

    Animated preview for the 4 panel menu indicating folds and opening


    Digital Menu Screens

    Taking the menu designs to the next level DLN had 6 50″ screens installed in the shop. 5 spanning the whole of the rear wall. We lifted the Adobe InDesign layouts and dropped them into for format that was more suited to the 16:9 screen format. Trying both animated and still content the screens will look amazing and be a great addition to the brand and customer experience.  Adobe After Effects allowed us to come up with some subtle overlays and effects to bring the menus to life. 

    Dessert Lounge Norwich Digital Menu Screens


    One door closes and another one opens

    Its been an amazing journey so far working as part of the team bringing Dessert Lounge Norwich to life. It’s great when a client includes you in design decisions and keeps you updated along the way on the transformations moving forward incorporating our designs.

    Dessert Lounge Norwich Branded Face Masks

    Even though we are coming out of the other side of COVID the guys at DLN have safe in mind, branded facemasks for all the staff while serving customers. 

    Mobility Brand and Website update

    Mobility Brand and Website update

    After the even if we say so ourselves “sterling job” we did for sister company BATHlifts.net the guys at Relax Mobility tasked us with their brand and website update. Drawing on the look and theme from the Bathlifts website the user expectance was a simple process. So it was on to the logo and colour scheme to set the brand rules for the website update.

    Keeping the same font across the both brands with a colour change for the Relax Mobility logo we added an avatar this time which was incorporated into the text of the logo. With recline a major part of all the products a reclined chair element became the X of relax. The client was unsure at first but was the logo was dropped in on the website header and marking materials the penny dropped and the logo was put to bed.

    Relax Mobility Logo

    When’s a shop not a shop

    Because of the nature of the products sold by Relax Mobility customers would require a home visit from one of their sales team to run thru the options, designs and fabrics available for both beds and chairs. With demo units and fabric books even Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen would be proud of customers can pick some funky colour schemes and bespoke finishes so their mobility furniture doesn’t have to have that care home look, perfect for the younger customer. To all the website to still function as a eCommerce site we had all the forward facing products listed as portfolios instead of products. This would allow the customers to read up and view all the benefits of the rise and recline products and then using the call to actions book and in home free visit. 

    Once a bed or chair had been selected the sales team can log into the site to gain access to the eCommerce part of the site. With all the variations and various discount structures all at the click of a dropdown and selection from a plethora of options and upgrades and accessories. A payment gateway allows for deposits and payments in full to be and with order forms and VAT handovers all being printed out onsite. Siting down with Mark to get an understand for the sales journey for both the client and sales person allowed us to work out the best and simplest route to market.

    Need brand and website update?

    COG media can help you get your company web site designed and start selling to the world. Contact our web design team today and get our offer on website hosting! 

      Website Design The devils in the detail

      online shop website design

      Website design old school

      In the world of website design one thing that will aid the development process is content and information… the two important things in website development is content, information and imagery… the three most important, you get the idea.

      Steamed Studio’s online store will be selling steam bent wooden mirrors, lightshades and lamps initially with a number of new products already in development. Running along side the online shop an informative blog with information not only about products and wealth of articles on the wood they use, the environmental impact of deforestation and the history of wood in the world of design.

      It was a pleasure when our latest client came to us arm to the hilt with pds’s, logos, word documents, a drobox full of images and months worth of blog post content. After an initial phone call and getting Gary from Steamed Studio confident with our design process and agreeing in on a time scale and budget. Our first meeting Gary was enlightening. In true craftsman style Gary had page after page of A0 paper with layouts, photo of image placement and menu styles. Before Gary had left the websites holding page was up and style for the ecommerce side of the sites had been confirmed. I wish more sites could be like this.

      Steamed Studio used a professional photographer to get product images in both a clean and lifestyle format. This is perfect for creating image galleries for customers to get a great idea of what the product looks like.

      So you want a ecommerce site designed

      COG media can help you get your company web site designed and start selling to the world. Contact our web design team today and get our offer on website hosting! 

        SAF new shirt launch photoshoot

        SAF FIFA22 EA Sports Players Location Photo Shoot

        Gearing up for the launch of the new EA Sports FIFA22 game release the guys a SAF all got together at the new SAF offices at the Snetterton. Traveling in for all over the UK and flying in from Denmark all the player donned their their newly delivered SAF 2022 season shirts for their profile shots for ES Sports. Gary pulled out all the stops to with some nice ideas for light effects for shots along side the formal shots required by EA Sports.

        SAF FIFA22 new shirt drone and smoke bomb
        Callum gave team team which we took outside and fired the drone up with a smoke bomb thrown in for good measure… Lets face it all good photoshoots need a smoke bomb.

        Web site update for Vanta Staffing

        Vanta Staffing Website Design

        Recruitment company Vanta Staffing after four years of trading were in the market for a web site update. With content being changed and amended internally and via external agencies the site had become disjointed. 

        With a second office being opened, new recruitment sectors being added and staffing updates the web site needed new fresh look. With a website development area in place we set about creating a new fresh look based on Vanta’s existing marketing materials. A new colour scheme had been introduced which gave us a great scope for jazzing up every pages look. Bold colourful imagery showcasing Vanta’s values, Commitment, Balance, Honesty, Development, Different and Fun  are all extremely important to the brand and we upheld those values in our approach to the look and feel of the webiste. 

        Need a website update?

        COG media can help you get your company web site designed and start selling to the world. Contact our web design team today and get our offer on website hosting!