Today is a major milestone for me and my company. We’ve now moved on to our fourth major portfolio redesign steaming from 2004 when this business was officially, official. It’s pretty astonishing to see how far we’ve come as a creative firm in such a short period of time. Six years to a large businesses can be just a blip on the radar, but to us it’s a true testament to our team of talented graphic designers, web developers, and network administrators that have lead this business to it’s success over these years.
To say that the landscape of Web Design and Web Development hasn’t changed much, would be a complete fallacy. Six years ago there was one major browser, we all used “tables” to develop our websites, and the world of freemium and dynamic websites was still in it’s infancy. Today we must code for over 6 various web browsers, one line at a time, and dynamic interactive websites are the new black. Gone are the days of throwing together a “simple” 5 page website, and in with the days of “does it work in Internet Explorer 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, Safari, Firefox, and Chrome”?
Every great design firm must have a web site that showcases their talent and gives potential clients an idea of what they can get by hiring that firm. The challenge is how often we get to do that. In a normal year, we may work on upwards of 75 projects. Having time to update our own website sometimes falls to the back burner and has for almost 3 years. If a design firm has the time to update their website too often, it may make you wonder…”Shouldn’t they be actually working on paying clients”?
Today we launch our fourth major overhaul of Chico Web Design, a business started in a spare bedroom six years ago and today employees seven. We did not take any shortcuts on this website. We are pushing the boundaries with the brand new technology of HTML5 & CSS3. I could get into a lengthy conversation about Transitional HTML5 & CSS3, however we’ll save that for another blog entry, but just know that very few sites have adapted to this technology. If you are using an older browser such as Internet Explorer 6.0 or Firefox 2.0, you will see a degraded version of what more sophisticated web browsers will view. The beauty of Transitional HTML5 is that it gives us the availability to be backwards compatible with all older browsers.
A special thanks to the Chico Web Design family, Sean, Brent, Ben, Ryan, Dennis, and Neil for being apart of all this and to your families as well for letting you work so hard!
Below are the four major website revisions captured. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!