Groundradar

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Digging Deep to Find a Solution Groundradar is the world’s most experienced ground penetrating radar (GPR) service provider. GPR technology is used for deep mineral exploration and geotechnical applications. The company had experienced tremendous success in the field however, their track record was not being properly communicated online. Kobayashi Online dug deep to find a […]

Creating a Brand Online: Choosing a Creative Agency for Your Website

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Trying to understand how your small business can become online friendly? This is the second article in our series “Creating a Brand Online”, where we provide straightforward advice for your small business as you create your online brand. (Image by sunshinecity licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.) Looking for an agency to design and develop your website is thought […]

Around the Office: Steve Jobs’ Humility, Olympic Typography, Optical Illusions, and more

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Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. We were all interested in a recent blog post by naming expert and author Andris Pone, who wrote about Steve Jobs having the humility to trust his creative team and go ahead with a […]

Around the Office: Regent College Online, Immortal Critique, and a Case for Pinterest

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Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Eva He likes what Regent College has done with their website, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook design. This Vancouver graduate school is just one of many post-secondary institutions grounded in knowledge […]

Around the Office: Custom Twitter Backgrounds, Wordmark.it, and the Isotope jQuery Plugin

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Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Having designed many corporate Twitter themes, Eva knows how important Twitter backgrounds can be. Even savvy businesses that use tweets to reveal the personality behind their company may not realize […]

Probing the Hidden Depths of WordPress Themes

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One of the things we love about the WordPress content management system is its uncanny ability to adapt to an endless variety of web design needs. It can be changed and customized to look and perform radically differently depending on what’s needed. WordPress themes provide a design & layout out-of-the-box. In an effort to provide more […]

Around the Office: jQuery Selectors, Email Blasts, and Retro Web Design

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Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Setting up your own selectors is extremely easy with jQuery, as Daveed was reminded this week thanks to a post outlining 12 awesome examples of jQuery selector extensions. […]

Around the Office: Winning Facebook pages, elegant Web design, more

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Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Roberto knows what it takes to create a winning Facebook Page, and it’s because of this that he recommends seven winning Facebook Page strategies for companies. Some of the […]

Around the Office: accountable apps, SEO mistakes, fun design, more

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Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Daveed is interested in a regulationproposed in California requiring mobile application developers to explain what personal information will be recorded and how it will be used. According to reports, applications […]

Design Focus: Fontsmith

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Design Focus is a regular Online Friendly feature that examines well-designed sites to show how Web designers have overcome some of the challenges of their profession. UK type design firm Fontsmith caught our attention with their calalog of creative fonts. In this Design Focus, we take a look at their website, and see if they put as much […]

Carousels: Rotating your featured webpages to help turn heads

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You cannot count on website visitors to scroll to find your content, so why not scroll your content for them? You can do this using what are known as “sliders” or “carousels”. Like their fairground counterparts, website carousels rotate — but rather than moving model horses and unicorns — they move images and links. Bell […]

The Path to Accessibility: Six Questions to Ask Your Web Developer

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With about 15 per cent of the world’s population living with some form of disability (pdf), accessibility is increasingly becoming an issue that cannot be ignored when, for instance, hosting an event or planning a building, yet it’s still often an afterthought for websites. In an effort to simplify the process of making a website […]

Kobayashi Online gives Hair Dynamix a corporate identity makeover

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Hair Dynamix is a top-notch salon and spa in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood. We’ve known them for a while, having redesigned their website years ago. And when they decided they needed a corporate identity refresh, we were very happy they came to us again. This corporate identity makeover involved creating a new logo and reworking marketing materials […]

Kobayashi Online wins WMA WebAward for Word11.com

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The Web Marketing Association announced the winners of its coveted WebAwards on Thursday with Kobayashi Online being recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development for Word11.com, the website for Toronto’s first 24-hour blogging festival. The WMA also awarded OPTIMUS | SBR and Grace Marketing the Consulting Standard of Excellence for the OPTIMUS | SBR Corporate Website, […]

Around the Office: Rating Places, Winning WMA Awards, “White is the New Green”

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Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. This was a busy award week with the Web Marketing Association awarding its WebAwards for excellence in website development. Kobayashi Online won a coveted WebAward for […]

Around the Office: hand-drawn websites, the value of failure, more

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Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Kobayashi Online has been strengthening its profiles on the social networks this week. Our Facebook page now has the “vanity” URL: facebook.com/KobayashiOnline. And a handful of new […]

Design Focus: The National Film Board

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“Design Focus” is a regular Online Friendly feature that examines well-designed sites to show how Web designers have overcome some of the challenges of their profession. This week’s featured site: The National Film Board The National Film Board of Canada is one of the country’s most respected institutions – this significantly raises the expectations for its website. […]

Around the Office: making a social logo, UX design is everywhere, more

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Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. If you want to know some of the many issues Eva considers when designing a logo, check out this recent post about how designing logos with […]

Around the Office: Social media not cause for riot, a look at remarketing, more

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Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. We’ve been hearing a lot this week about the riots in London. Daveed found it interesting that the British Prime Minister David Cameron is quick to […]