Look Who Finally Paid For A Redesign!

If you know anything about bookkeepers, you know that we are a cheap lot.

I don’t like paying for anything if I don’t have to. I figure I can just learn how to do it myself. The problem is, I’m not good at a lot of the things I don’t like paying for. Near the top of that list, just below home repairs, is design.

I know what I want something to look like, but I just don’t have the skills to pull it off. So, I lived with a pretty dismal looking Wordpress theme and a non-existent logo for 2010. In my attempt to truly make some changes in 2011, I finally broke down and paid for some “upgrades”.

The Logo


New Logo (square-white)

The first thing I picked up was a new logo. I decided to go with 99designs.com. If you don’t know, 99designs.com is crowd sourced design. You submit a design project, set your price, and then the designers submit their creations to you. You pick the one you like, and that designer gets paid. It’s a really cool way to get things done.

Well…that’s not exactly how I got mine done. Like I said, I’m really cheap. The crowd sourced design started at $295, which isn’t bad at all for a truly unique logo, but they also have a logo store. For $99, you can choose one of the logos already available in the store. My guess is that these are logos that were previously submitted for other projects. Included in that price, the designer will add your name, a tagline, and do some minor colour changes. I even got 4 different versions of the logo. The one above seems to fit well with my Facebook Page, whereas the logo you see in the blog header will work nicely for business cards.

I would like to send out a huge thanks to crimz who designed my new logo. Let me know what you think. If you like it, you should definitely go check out crimz at 99designs, or his own site here.

99Designs.com


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The Theme


I’ve been debating about buying a professional Wordpress theme for a long time. I had bought a few inexpensive themes last year, but they just weren’t working the way I wanted. I had narrowed it down to 2; Standard Theme and Genesis.

I’m a big fan of Chris Brogan’s work, and he uses both of these themes in different projects. In the end, I decided to go with the Standard Theme. For me, it came down to simplicity. Although I know my way around a computer, I’m not much of a coder, and it felt like I’d need to do more tweaking to the Genesis theme to get it to where I wanted it.

The layout and menus for Standard Theme are amazing. I was able to get everything setup in about 30 minutes, and it seems to be working great so far. I’m a minimalist kind of guy, so the look and feel really suits me perfectly. There are a couple features I haven’t figured out yet, but they aren’t important.

If you’d like to check out Standard Theme for your own site, you can find it at the link below.

standard_theme

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What do you think?

I hope it’s easy to navigate. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.