I am an English website designer in Bangkok, Thailand. One of my designs has been published; others have featured in various design galleries. I started AB Website Design Bangkok in 2006 and over the years have had the pleasure of working with some great clients. Standouts include a former Wall Street banker who oversaw one of the largest mergers in American corporate history, Thailand's Department of Highways and a variety of small business owners whose ambition is infectious.
Our business is selling high-end sail and motor yachts and ancillary services to global buyers, our websites support these ends. AB Design manages our supplementary marketing collateral and developed our custom CRM needs with excellent results. I can highly recommend these services.
I am the founder of Longbone Menswear in the Czech Republic. I used AB Website Design Bangkok for design and programming, and to co-operate with TV Nova in Prague for videos and photography. We are very happy with the results and the website.
I got involved with web design towards the end of 2004, soon after my son was born. The websites I made back then were very crude: I set them up in MS word, saved them as HTML files and hosted them on Yahoo Geocities – a free service that allowed hobbyists to experiment with the web. After looking for ways to improve the design process I came across CSS Zen Garden, a hugely popular website that had a profound impact on the evolution of modern website design.
From about 2003 until 2006, CSS Zen Garden was one of the design community's top ten online resources. The site championed CSS, a relatively new website design language, and invited website designers and graphic artists to re-design the home page, but only by changing the CSS. Designers around the word responded to the challenge; the best designs were added to the site and known as Official Designs. The site's popularity was such that almost all books about website design published in those days featured a section devoted to CSS Zen Garden.
Despite having very little experience, I too took up the challenge and my submission, Mozart, was accepted as an Official Design at the end of 2005. The design generated an enormous amount of attention and feedback: it was published in several different books and described in Ajax: the Definitive Guide as an excellent example of just how far CSS in design has come. The screenshot below shows the design as it appeared in Microsoft Expression Web for Dummies, page 165.
Inspired by the success of the Mozart design and the praise it spawned, I started offering my services as a freelance website designer in Bangkok. Contracts flowed in pretty much from the word go: around 2008 I was given the opportunity to make a new website for Kam Air in Afghanistan; about 2 years later I landed a contract to manage the website design for JetAsia in Bangkok; and in 2012 I began working with Thailand's Department of Highways to design a new website for one of their provincial branches in the country's deep south. See the portfolio section for details of more recent contracts.
Shown below is the home page banner for the ISO 9001Council in Switzerland, a client we began working with in 2010. As of 2019 our contract to provide marketing support and copywriting services is ongoing.
In my opinion, three factors are key to developing and maintaining trust:
When starting with a new client, trust is generally quite limited. We counter this by offering design samples and suggested layouts gratis. Though free, this work is high quality and represents a series of stepping stones to what could become the final, agreed-upon design. If the prospective client wishes to take things further, we guide them through every step of the design process and make sure they get the product they want.
Inevitably we have firm ideas regarding design, and so do our clients. When impasses occur, it's essential to discuss and re-evaluate the project. Forging a way forward can sometimes take time, but if both sides are prepared to consider each other's suggestions, compromises can be made and a clearer direction established.
The 9001Council know they can come to us pretty much whenever they want and get preferential or semi-preferential treatment. We in turn know our work will be valued and invoices settled promptly. This kind of mutual respect can take months or even years to establish, but once in place it paves the way for rewarding, long term relationships
Want a new website? Need a full or partial re-design? If so, we will create all samples and mock-ups free of charge. If you like the work we offer, let's talk.
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