Hero Fest Website Design

I’m happy to share a new website designed by BlackStone Studio for the 2018 Hero Fest, an all-day fun-filled event that consists of live music, delicious food, and fun activities sure to entice all ages. All proceeds from this event go to the San Antonio Firefighters Cancer Fund. This year’s Hero Fest will take place on October 7th at Mission County Park. Mark your calendars and check out their newly redesigned website at www.saherofest.com

EcoEDI Website Design

BlackStone Studio just launched a new website for EcoEDI, a Low-profit Limited Liability Company (L3C) on a mission to fundamentally change the experience of post-secondary education for low-income, minority, and disadvantaged students. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of designing the EcoEDI logo, and I’m so happy to have had the chance to develop their new website as well! The site was designed to be user-friendly, informational and consistent with the bright and dynamic feel of their brand. Check it out at www.4ecoedi.com

2017 American Graphic Design Awards

Three Award-Winning Projects!

This week, I received some awesome news that came in the form of beautiful award certificates from the 2017 American Graphic Design Awards! Three of BlackStone Studio‘s projects were recognized as part of a highly selective 15 percent that was chosen from almost 10,000 entries. Check out the winners below.

Category: Logo Design

Client: MAD – Making a Difference

Category: Logo Design

Client: Gratitude School

Category: Website Design

Client: Camerata San Antonio

The Do’s and Don’ts of Domains

An essential step for starting a new website is choosing the right domain. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help you select and secure yours!

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Do register the domain yourself.

Registering a domain is simple and affordable. It is an important element of your website that you should always have full control over. If you allow someone else to register it for you, you risk them not renewing it, or worst, holding it ransom.
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Don’t forget where it’s registered.

The convenience of auto-renew payments and 5+ year registration bundle pricing make it easy for people not to have to think about their domain for a very long time. So when there is a need to update payment information or make changes to their settings, they struggle with figuring out how to get access to their domain again.
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Do include a location or keyword.

If your business is based in one geographical area, or if you offer a niche service, adding a location or a service related keyword to your domain will most likely help with ranking in online searches. Of course, depending on your business, that isn’t always possible, but if you can, do!
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Don’t use dashes, abbreviations or long words.

You want your domain name to be memorable, easy to pronounce and hard to misspell. Symbols, numbers, and abbreviations can make names more difficult to remember. Long domains usually cause misspellings. Try to keep it relevant, simple, and short!
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Do use .com extension.

No matter how many options are available today, .com is still the most popular and frequently used extension. It may be smart to buy your domain name in other extensions to protect your brand. However, your website should always be under the .com domain, and any other extensions you’ve registered can forward to that one.

I Painted That! Social Art Website Redesign

BlackStone Studio just launched a brand new website for I Painted That! Social Art, a sip and paint studio that started with one location in El Paso almost five years ago. This successful business has now expanded into four studios, one of them located in New Mexico. I met the owner, Sarah Almquist when her business was still in the planning stages and she hired me to design her original website. She’s been a client ever since! This year, we decided it was time for a full revamp. We moved her site to a WordPress platform, with a fresh new look and a responsive layout. Check it out at www.ipaintedthat.com

Collaborative Divorce San Antonio Website Design

BlackStone Studio has been working with the Collaborative Divorce San Antonio group for a while helping them update their existing website, which was created a few years back. This year, they gave me the opportunity to revamp and redesign it from scratch! Collaborative Divorce San Antonio is a group of lawyers, financial professionals, and mental health professionals who are committed to helping people get divorced peacefully without going to court. Their site is a valuable tool that serves as both a directory to find members and a place to learn all about Collaborative Divorce. Their brand new website launched last week! It has a modern style, a colorful and responsive layout, and a warmer more welcoming feel. Check out their fresh new website at www.collaborativedivorcesanantonio.com

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