VanEd: Redesign Launch

VanEd provides online real estate school and appraisal training for licensing and continuing education. DD9 worked with VanEd to create a unified visual design and UX strategy for their extensive website. Concurrently, we overhauled the company logo and brand identity. Project deliverables included design mockups and graphic assets, as well … more

IDM Redesign Launch

In spring of 2014 we redesigned and launched a new website for IDmission, which offers a framework for innovative on-boarding products that solve modern business problems. The new, mobile-optimized website combines a contemporary layout with unique graphics. For more information, check out the IDM project case study here: IDM Website … more

Boulder County IMPACT Brand + Website Redesign

We recently finished a logo, collateral and website design package for Boulder County IMPACT, a local organization that uses an innovative approach to helping kids and families who are involved with juvenile justice, child welfare and/or mental health agencies. After a comprehensive branding workshop hosted by Amy Hayes of Origin Collective, … more

AIH Brand + Website Redesign

We just completed a logo and website design package for AIH Destination Management. The redesigned, mobile-optimized website positions the company as a modern, tech-savy competitor in the business travel industry. The new logo incorporates elements from the previous version, while updating the look of the company and positioning it as … more

SolidusIQx Brand + Website Redesign

We recently finished a logo and website design package for Solidus IQx, a software and BI solutions company. The new logo features tech-focused typography and a brightly colored icon. The WordPress website features a sleek design intended to highlight the software features and the company’s related Business Intelligence services. For … more

SCA Brand + Website Redesign

We just completed a brand + website redesign for SCA, LLC, a supply chain consulting firm based in Boulder, CO. The new logo features an abstract representation of the modern order fulfillment process. The new website features a contemporary, ultra-clean, fully-responsive design built on the WordPress 3.X platform. For more … more

The Boulder Source – Site Launch

We launched, a WordPress website that showcases the Boulder community and REMAX of Boulder’s involvement therein. The mobile-optimized site features reviews, events, business listings, and REMAX of Boulder’s Featured Friend program. In conjunction with the logo package and illustration, the website positions REMAX of Boulder as a vibrant, fun-loving company passionate for all things Boulder.

HRT Redesign Launch

Working with Chime Interactive & PROD4ever, we implemented the back-end system for the recent redesign and launch of  Our role on the project was to extend the WordPress CMS with data import, data augmentation, and a custom user account system tied to external database with user authorization content management.  … more

RE/MAX Rebranding Pitch Accepted

In October, DD9 pitched a new brand package to local real estate agency, RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc.  The package featured a logo redesign, marketing collateral templates and a high-concept, custom illustration. RE/MAX accepted the package as proposed and starting November, will be putting the designs into production. For more information, … more

Git Primer

[Written for internal DD9 use, published for the good of mankind] What is git? Git is an application for distributed version control. It’s version control because it lets you deftly create and manage versions of your files, and it’s distributed because there is no server. What is a git repository? … more

A Simple Overview of Responsive Web Design

Many clients ask about creating a mobile version of their new website or website redesign. In the past, this process often involved creating two versions of the site and then using some “sniffer” code to redirect mobile users to the mobile-specific version. More recently, though, there has been a movement … more

My First Logo Design Comission

In 2000, while in my senior year of college, I somehow managed to secure my first paid commission. This is probably standard fare for graphic design students, but I was an Electrical Engineering major, and the concept was truly novel. You mean people would pay for something I was doing … more

WordPress Local Install Instructions

[Quick guide written for internal DD9 use, published for the good of mankind.] This is a rough guide, since I don’t have a specific project to test it on. When we get there, I’d like to test it out myself to improve this document. That said… 1)  Download and Install … more

How to Add a PDF Link in WordPress

Below is a quick screencast illustrating the two methods for adding a PDF link to a WordPress Post or Page.  If you’d prefer a non-video explanation or an additional resource, you can download this screenshot, which includes similar instructions to those covered in the video.

Hart Business Research – Redesign Launch

We recently launched a WordPress-driven website redesign for Hart Business Research, a Boulder, CO based company that provides market research and business information for creative industries. The new design speaks to the company’s reliability and professionalism, while reflecting its focus on the art, craft, and knitting markets. In addition, the … more

Ceres Tech Group – Redesign Launch

In early January, we launched V2.0, a WordPress-driven website redesign for the Colorado-based IT solutions provider. The redesign marks the consolidation and re-brand of two smaller companies under the name of their parent company, Ceres Technology Group, which has been operating in Colorado for over 20 years. New content … more

Smile Line USA – Ecommerce Redesign Launch

We just finished an ecommerce redesign for Smile Line USA, an Arvada-based distributor of the high-end Swiss dental tools. In addition to giving the store an improved look-and-feel, we also migrated the site from Zen Cart to the more robust Magento platform. The new design emphasizes the elegance and superior … more

Ceres Greenhouse Solutions – Website Launch

We recently finished a brand identity package and website for Ceres Greenhouse Solutions, a Boulder-based company that specializes in energy-efficient residential and commercial greenhouses. The icon, color scheme, and typography in the logo are intended to leave a unique impression while creating a clear link to the sustainable growing and … more

Ascendant Capital – Website Launch

In November, we launched a new website for Ascendant Capital, a private investment & advisory firm based in Broomfield, CO. The site design is clean and modern and uses architectural imagery to underscore the company’s involvement with mortgage markets and financial institutions. We built the site on the WordPress platform.

neuroAgility – Redesign Launch

We recently launched a WordPress-powered, custom website redesign for neuroAgility, the Boulder/Denver based specialists in Attention and Performance Psychology. The new site successfully showcases neuroAgility’s Clinical and Performance Programs with a sophisticated and engaging design. In addition, the WordPress framework makes it possible for the neuroAgility team to manage many … more

What makes a great logo design?

What started off as a grand thesis, though apathy and time constraints, became a nice little list of concepts and standards to evaluate a the quality, caliber and effectiveness of a logo design. Logo Design Considerations Visual Balance Make and break the grid A Hook Optical illusion, Visual trick Graphic … more

Precision – Multisite Redesign Launch

We recently launched 13 microsites for Precision, our long-time client based in Gunbarrel, as part of an extensive, WordPress-driven website redesign and WordPress-powered multi-site system. The newly designed multi-sites are user-friendly for visitors as well as the Precision staff, who are able to maintain all 13 sites from a master … more

Corporate Teams – Multisite Redesign Launch

We just launched V2.0, a massive, WordPress-driven website redesign and WordPress-powered multi-site system for the Colorado-based team building company, Corporate Teams Inc. CT v2.0 features an clean, friendly design and relational databases of events, locations, and services, which are maintainable by the CT staff via their WordPress dashboard. Additionally, … more

BDI – Redesign Launch

We just launched V3.0, a large, WordPress-driven, custom-designed website for Bridge Diagnostics Inc., a Boulder-based engineering firm. Their new website features custom relational databases of the company’s products, services, and structures, which are client-manageable from their WordPress dashboard. In addition, we developed a custom password management system which allows … more – Redesign Launch

We just launched the new website for Treppeda’s Italian Ristorante, a local high-end restaurant in Niwot, Colorado. Branding, branded website design, and content created by Malowany Associates. As per usual, we constructed the site on the WordPress content management system.

The Bridal Loft – Website Launch

We just completed the brand identity package and launched the website for The Bridal Loft, a new bridal boutique opening in Thornton, Colorado. Their logo features a custom illustration by our in-house graphic artist, Hilary Clarcq.  Per the clients request, we created a modern, feminine, sassy look and feel. We constructed the  new website on … more

Attaching .docx files via PHP

Interesting bug today: A client’s web form takes file uploads and forwards them as email attachments. Script works great for .doc files, but .docx files end up as mysterious attachments with filenames like ATT00010.txt, whose content starts with this: application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document; name=”filename.docx” Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=”filename.docx” Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64 This “header” is followed … more

BookIt – Web Application Launch

After many months of development, integration battles, use-case beta testing, and top-to-bottom system debugging, we finally deployed BookIt; a custom, web-based, NetSuite-integrated, conference room managing and scheduling application for OfficeEvolution. The core BookIt system allows OE clients to login and reserve conference rooms from any of the dozen OE business … more

IE9 Disappearing Content Bug

After installing Internet Explorer 9, I began cross-browser testing the DesignDivine sites.  IE9 destroyed the layouts of at least a half of our websites with no discernible or obvious patterns.  Large content areas were missing from new and old sites alike.  Each of these sites was compatible with IE6, IE7, … more

Sandalwood Valuation – Site Launch

We just redesigned and relaunched for a local asset and appraisal service company based in Louisville, Colorado. As per usual, we built the website on the WordPress platform using a custom-designed, from-scratch theme.  Site is fully equipped for SEO optimization and tested across all modern browsers.

New Graphic Illustrator Hired

DesignDivine is excited to welcome Hilary Clarcq as the newest member of its growing and diverse design team. Hilary is being brought on board as a graphic and web specialist to boost productivity and aid in such projects as website creation, content management, print design, and custom illustration. We welcome … more

One WordPress Install, Multiple Sites

One of our clients wanted two sites—two URLs, two designs, two sets of content—on a single WordPress install. They wanted to be able to log into a single admin area to manage both sites, and to be able to make posts of certain categories show up on both sites, while … more