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Portfolio: Samples of our work
Lauren has a degree in Global Studies, but discovered a love for visual design right after college and has been happily pushing pixels ever since. Her portfolio has been praised for its "clean typography, lovely colour palettes and calm modern designs." When not at work, you can find her reading Billy Collins, making plans for future trips, and tricking out her '73 Airstream.
Jena worked with Elizabeth on a playful new business name, and then Liz got to work on a logo that expressed the exuberance and charm that Elizabeth was looking for. Lauren worked meticulously on the website design, and we're just thrilled with the results.
"During my tenure at Penland I made a series of large scale drawings. In my previous (college / art school) experience, we were encouraged to "think outside the frame" so I got used to pinning pieces to the wall or pursuing some alternative means to display my work.
Every time I had the drawings critiqued by visiting artists or peers, the person giving the critique would encourage me to seek a framer. I resisted (I guess I thought that was a boring solution) and when I gave in my drawings suddenly looked legitimate. It was like seeing them in formal wear! They looked so tight and so professional.
Essentially seeing my jewelry in the context of the new website is just like seeing my drawings framed. Wow! Mind you, I used a great framer then and obviously the best web designers this go round!
The other thing that happened when I framed these drawings is that they sold! I am hoping that the website will give further legitimacy to my business (resulting in sales) in addition to providing a nice home for my jewelry."
-- Marilyn Brogan
Started from the simple idea to support and promote independent designers producing handmade, authentically sustainable, craft + design objects. We curate a carefully edited collection items for your home and life. We support artisans who hand-make their items in small-batch runs. It’s kinder on the environment and we love the beauty of perfectly imperfect objects made by hand and made to last.
We always look for high-quality craftsmanship, durability, simplicity of function and design aesthetic in the goods we source. We support designers using traditional craft methods in inspiring ways to create functional objects for everyday use that connect us to each other and bring beauty into our homes.
Burt's Bees Baby
"Our ecommerce site launched this past Wednesday!!! The launch went VERY well and we've already received quite a few orders, exciting! :)"
-- Lauren Testa
Oh My! Handmade Goodness
"I first found Aeolidia in 2009 when they designed the Bamboletta dolls website and I fell in love. I followed everything they came out with after that and I bought OMHG in 2010 partly because I saw Arianne on the contributor list and I wanted a chance to connect with her! When it became really clear our site had outgrown its beginnings as a blog and had become a community I started planning to have it redesigned and only Aeolidia would do. Our community had been looking for ways to connect more but the old site was hard to use, crashing regularly, loading slowly, and generally buggy. It was a pain to manage all our contributors and our traffic had become too high for our little old site. So I saved the profits from advertising and digital products to invest in our rebrand and redesign. It took almost two years of saving, planning, and brainstorming ideas but in October 2012 we got started with a grand plan to transform OMHG into the first online community centre for creative entrepreneurs!
Ashley and Joel of This Paper Ship got us started by creating the new OMHG logo and illustrations that represent our diverse community. I wanted our branding to be friendly, welcoming, quirky and creative-they nailed it and their designs influenced the rest of the site. Then the brilliant Lauren Hardage went to work on the site design and blew me away with her eye for detail and usability. I have never worked with anyone who could so clearly and quickly capture the essence of an idea visually, almost every one of her mock ups was used as is with little to no revisions. I was sad when the designs were done and I didn't get the excitement of a new mock up in my inbox anymore!
The truly magical part for me was getting to work with developer Zoe Rooney, who has been an OMHG contributor and friend from the beginning. Without Zoe this site would never have happened, she helped me with all the initial brainstorming and ideas for what the community would benefit from most. Her understanding of systems and Wordpress transformed vague thoughts of how a site with a private community, marketplace, contributor forums and online classes could work into a site that does absolutely everything I imagined. Building the new site was a long collaborative process but throughout it all the Aeolidia team made it easy, fun, and captured the spirit of our community perfectly. The new OMHG is functional, beautiful, and has made going to work every day so fun! Our community is loving it, new collaborations are starting daily, our sales have tripled, and our traffic is soaring! When your website is your business having one that fits perfectly is the best possible investment. I am so thankful to Aeolidia for handcrafting a website for our community and a home for all my creative dreams!"
-- Jessika Hepburn
Sarah & Abraham
"Lauren and Zak did an amazing job building my website! I really appreciated how Lauren helped me think through all of the design elements of the site. Zak went above and beyond by building functionality into the site that I didn't even think was possible. I'm absolutely thrilled with how it turned out, and my customers have really been enjoying the preview feature. Building a brand new website is a big investment, but it was worth every penny!"
-- Sara Tams
"the awesome folks at aeolidia were super easy and fun to work with. they patiently answered my tons and tons of questions. i gave them a vision and they fulfilled it even better than i thought they could. they were super organized and i always knew what step of the process we were on. i've worked with them on three websites now and will recommend them to everyone."
-- Tammie Bennett
"We checked out many web developers for our website redesign and what we found was that most were either great at design but poor on the technical or vice versa. Aeolidia, however are brilliant at both!
The Basecamp system that they use was a great way to communicate across the pond with such a talented team.
We have also found the "aftercare" to be fantastic. Prompt replies and responses.
The new website design & logo has produced a fresh and professional feel to our brand.
Big, big thanks to Arianne, Keenan, Lauren, Leslie & Chris!"
-- Julie Bevan
Lauren designed the site and Zoe coded it, adding some cool features like the lightbox reviews, video slideshow, and custom look of all form fields. This Paper Ship were called in to create some chalkboard lettering announcing the shop.