Common Sense Design doesn't simply produce websites; it helps you create and maintain an online business by using a variety of tools, providing your customers with the knowledge they need to do business with you.
A Full-Service Design Agency »
Nigel Gordijk's Common Sense Design works closely with clients to develop brands and visual identities in print and electronic media. Based in New Hamburg, Ontario, in the Township of Wilmot, CSD is a full-service design agency, providing custom solutions for big and small projects. It has helped clients raise awareness about their organizations, products and events, enabling them to achieve greater success.
CSD's client list includes individuals and organizations, both local, domestic and international.
Website Design »
All of Common Sense Design's websites are custom-designed and built from the ground up, which means you'll have a unique online experience. CSD doesn't work with templates that have already been used by dozens of people before you.
Whether you're a not-for-profit organization, a public figure, an independent one-person business, or a large firm with an international presence, CSD can create a one-of-a-kind solution just for you.
Of course, CSD can assist you with your domain name registration and website hosting, too, plus advise you on online marketing and strategy.
Check out Common Sense Design's portfolio for some website examples.
Website Content »
It's always best to concentrate on your website's content before you start considering the design. Without exception, content dictates the layout and overall look and feel of a site. This can include the text - also referred to as copy - as well as visuals (photos, illustrations and videos). While you might be an expert in topics related to your field, Common Sense Design has many years of experience helping clients to craft their content into an effective message.
Content Management »
If your website's content won't be changing very often, send your updates to CSD and they'll be live on your site in short order. However, if you'll need frequent site changes, it probably makes more sense - and is more cost effective - to invest in a content management system (CMS). A CMS makes it easy for you to change your website's content and puts you in control.
Social Media Marketing »
Social media can be a daunting prospect for many people. There are so many options available - Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, for example - so which is right for you? Common Sense Design can advise you and prepare a social marketing strategy that is easy for you to maintain, thereby enabling you to spread awareness of your message by using a focussed plan.
Logo Design »
Your logo is probably the most important piece of your visual identity and is integral to all your marketing initiatives. Following an in-depth consultation with you - to get a clear idea of your organization's attributes - Common Sense Design will create a visual brand that will appeal to your target market. Your new logo will be suitable for all possible applications, whether in print, on your website, or in social media. A unique brand - like these examples - will reflect your unique personality.
Print Design »
Advertisements, posters, flyers, banners, and point of sale: With over 25 years servicing clients' print design needs, Common Sense Design is the experienced and reliable choice. CSD's Nigel Gordijk has a B.A. (Hons) in Graphic Design from the London College of Printing in England, one of the world's most highly-regarded design institutions. Here is just a sample of CSD's exciting print designs.
Newsletter Design »
Email marketing can be an effective way to reach your audience; it can also be the most neglected. Connect with your network of existing and prospective customers by sending regular newsletters, full of relevant and interesting content. Common Sense Design can design and build a custom template to suit your needs, which you can use to update the content yourself via an easy-to-use system like Mailchimp. Don't have the time? Then let CSD manage your campaign for you.
Persuasive Copywriting »
Sometimes finding the right words can be difficult. Even if you're comfortable stringing together a coherent sentence, you'll need to write in a way that promotes and sells what you're offering; you need to persuade. As these examples demonstrate, well-written marketing copy is clear, concise, and search engine friendly. It's a false economy to invest in a professional logo, website or brochure while neglecting the words you use to describe yourself.
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