Christmas Hours START Graphic Design Campbell River BC

Christmas and New Years Office Hours

On Friday, December 22nd, we will be open until 12 noon.

START will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Business as usual between Wednesday, December 27th and Friday, December 29th.

Closed on New Year’s Day.

START with a simple idea

START with a simple idea

Here at START Communications we understand the importance of an idea and how a well developed concept can make you stand out from your competition.

Recently we’ve been involved in a series of interesting projects. From a brochure project for the forest industry, to redefining the identity of a cleaning product, from food packaging for tasty bakery treats, through to developing a successful campaign which we designed a website and slogan, an APP, and an interactive display to assist our client in getting their message out.

The one linking factor to all of these projects is that we worked hard to create an idea, a strategy, with which to structure our marketing tools and make sure you connect to your own customers.

We work in a time where design, brand and technology all meet in the middle—making some amazing and new things possible. We’re passionate about these things and what we do for a living, and we want you to feel the same way about your brand. If this strikes a chord with your business then don’t hesitate in getting in contact with us. We are here to help.

Design solutions that are right from the START.™

Holiday Hours

We wish you all the best over the holidays and in the upcoming year.

Please note that we’ll be closing Friday, December 23rd and returning Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Thank you for working with START Communications.

Best wishes.

Start Communications British Columbia Vancouver Island

It’s been a year since Google started to penalize non-mobile friendly websites

Over the last few years we have been notifying our clients and publishing articles online and in print (see our blog) concerning the importance of businesses changing their websites to a responsive mobile friendly websites or be left behind. Today marks 1 year since Google made this change, if your website isn’t mobile-friendly you are probably feeling it, your website rankings in Google searches could be penalized as Google updates their algorithm. 

“Starting April 21, 2015 we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.”

Ref Google Blog

What are the requirements to make my website ‘mobile friendly’?

Requirements are quite simple:

  1. The website must be scalable – there shouldn’t be need to zoom and pan around a page to view it all
  2. Fonts must be readable without having to zoom in
  3. Links must not be too close together so fingers and thumbs can click on them easily

If you are still not sure what to do?
Contact us see what options are available to you. If your business depends on it’s website, this could be the best investment you make all year! Call 778-418-3333 today!

Food Show

Food & Beverage: Food Shows coming up in Canada & USA

Here are just a few of the up and coming food shows we will be involved in this year.

March 1 – 3, 2015 – The Restaurants Canada Show – Toronto, ONT Canada

March 15 – 17 – Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America (Boston Seafood Show) – Boston, USA

April 13 – 14, 2015 – Grocery & Specialty Food West – Vancouver, BC Canada

April 26 – May 3, 2015 – Eat Vancouver, Food and Cooking Festival – Vancouver, BC Canada

October 26 – 27, 2015 – Americas Food and Beverage Show – Florida, USA

 

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Merry Christmas from START Communications

“Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”

Christmas Greeting Card – Belted Kingfisher, Comox Glacier, Comox Valley — Eric Beal

Responsive Website Design Moncton New Brunswick

“Responsive website design given praise”. Interview: Daily Newspaper, Times & Transcript

Published in Times & Transcript, Thursday, March 7, 2013, Page A9

By Craig Babstock, Times & Transcript Staff

Graphic designers are a meticulous bunch of people. They like everything precise and exact and want things to look just right.

So when they design a website, then visit that site to see how it looks, they expect it to be perfect. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. “A few years ago it was hugely frustrating when you completed a website, a customer signs off on it and then he views it on a computer and some things have moved,” said Eric Beal, who owns START Communications.

Beal said websites often look different depending on the kind of computer or device used to view them.
“When you design a website, the problem that’s been around since the beginning is making sure what I design is reflected on every screen out there,” he said.

Going from a PC to a Mac can mean different fonts or displaced graphics, and websites can also look different depending on the size of a computer screen. Websites accessed via tablets and smartphones can be distorted or not work properly.
A new method of designing and building websites was created a few years ago called “responsive website design.” Beal described it as the forefront of website development.
Essentially, a responsively designed website responds to the screen size of the device that opens it and displays it properly, without distortion. So businesses only need one website which will work properly for all devices.

Beal said many people aren’t familiar with this new method yet, but over the last six to eight months it’s been gaining momentum and has become available to designers like him. He said he expects as businesses learn about it the will be eager to convert their existing websites.

See our related article: “Responsive Website Design is the Smart Solution for Business”

Fresh START!

“It’s a New Year. Isn’t it time for a fresh start?”

The start of another new year, a time for getting things in order. It could also be a time for a fresh start for your business. Is there potential in your brand that has yet to be unleashed?

Some fresh creative thinking combined with great graphic design could bear fruit for your business. Whether it is stationery design, website revamp, product brochure, logo design, package design, trade show display, (see services) you bring your aims and objectives, we bring the creative know-how to make them a reality. Together we will maximise your brands potential. We love what we do and are passionate about visual communications for business.

If you’re interested in what we can do for your brand then get in touch NOW.

15 Year Anniversary

“15 Year Anniversary and we’re just getting started!”

15 Year Anniversary
We want to thank all of you that have allowed us to help you through the years, and send out a very warm welcome to those who will soon become clients. We’ve had the pleasure of working with so many talented and gracious clients that have truly built much more than a business relationship with us. We look forward to another 15 years of providing excellent graphic design services.

If you have a short story or a testimonial and you would not mind sharing, please do tell.

Thank you!

Above: Some of the corporate identities and product logos we have worked on over the last 15 years.