Carta’s Design and Print Services

Firstly, Carta works with you not for you

Working for you feels a bit like ‘I’ll design whatever you tell me too’. I prefer to work with you. I’ll talk with you about your project and offer advice from a design, print and web point of view. Also as a member of the public would view it too as sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees when working on your own material. I know this is true because I’m thinking it as I write this. I want my finished design to reflect your values, personality, service, product and business fully.


Website design

The internet has come along way in it’s short life so far. It’s gone through many trends and fads and user experiences. It’s now a more social experience with Twitter and facebook. But some things don’t change. Like a website that is navigable, search engine friendly, accessible, looks great and represents your company, product or person – and that’s what I can offer you.

Some of the key areas Carta can help with…

  • Specialising in WordPress based websites
  • Content Management Systems (CMS) for client updating
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and marketing
  • Website visitor statistics
  • E-commerce for selling online
  • Web hosting and domain name set-up
  • Ongoing site updating and maintenance
  • Full support for technical problems


Graphic Design

Designing for print is where my career started back in 1998. Twelve years in the industry has allowed more than enough time to hone my skills and make my mistakes too! From logo designs to exhibition stands and everything inbetween, there isn’t much I haven’t designed over the years. When possible I always meet with a new client to get a good understanding for their business or product or person. This helps capture the ethos, style or personality needed for the job in hand and make it truly bespoke for each client.

Some of the key areas Carta can help with…

  • Branding and Logo creation
  • Brochures, mailers and flyers
  • Stationery
  • Posters, exhibition panels and stands
  • Point of Sale (P.O.S)
  • Books and catalogues


Email newsletters & Social Media Branding

It’s important to keep in-touch with your customers both old and new to let them know what is happening in your world. Having a regular email marketing campaign is a really cheap, visually rich and quick tool to get up-to-date news and offers to your customers. I use an online service called MailChimp (go take a look) to design and send my clients campaigns. The beauty of this service, apart from the great price, is you can monitor the open response, click through to your links and much more tracking. I also brand Twitter account pages with your logo, background and colours to bring consistancy to your identity.

Some of the key areas Carta can help with…

  • Email newsletter design and sending
  • Email newsletter statistics
  • Integration with Twitter and FaceBook accounts
  • Twitter page branding


Photography

My love of photography started in college as part of my design course. I’ve continued to take photos as a past time ever since. It was with my very first self-employed design project for Justin Duance that I used my photography. Shooting his Jewellery for a product brochure. I now photograph most of the work of the designer makers that I design for. I use a Canon D30 DSLR camera together with Aperture and Adobe Photoshop CS4 for editing. P.S. I do not do weddings!

Some of the key areas Carta can help with…

  • Product photography
  • Lifestyle product photography
  • Digital image retouching and editing
  • Image montage


Print handling

In the past, I’ve been lucky enough to work in a design and print studio. Seeing how a design goes from screen to plate to a finished bound item has given me invaluable knowledge that most designers do not experience. I use a local (500 metres from my front door!) printing company for 90% of print projects. This gives me quick access for checking proofs and sorting any queries. They are very reasonable priced and produce extremely good quality work.

Some of the key areas Carta can help with…

  • Exact print quotations from FSC Certified Printers
  • Litho printing and Digital Printing
  • Stationery, and business literature printing
  • Exhibition panel/stand, banner and flag printing
  • Bags, Tags and Stickers
  • Basically, you can pretty much print on anything!