The NAZ Winter Recreation, or SnowPlay App, was a mobile design and development project launched on Nov 7th, 2013. The project included a custom logo, app design, jQuery Mobile Web App, and a packaged and submitted iPhone App. The iPhone App Store submission process is currently in progress.
Be sure to check it out from your mobile device.
Web Magiis an accomplished web design company based in Flagstaff Arizona, serving a global community. Our services include Advanced Web Design, Web Development, Mobile Website & App Design/Development, Graphic Design, Animation & Motion Graphics, E-commerce Development, Content Management System (CMS) integration, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Online Marketing, Web Hosting, and website maintenance. Check out our Design Portfolio to view our most recent, and past work. Mobile Portfolio Here.
We are in the business of building visually and technically professional websites, from the ground up. Our primary mission is to deliver excellent designs that clearly represent your business and effectively communicate your message, while at the same time enabling your target audience to find you. If you do not have a clear and concise organic search strategy currently in place, then a critical portion of your target audience is likely being funneled to your competition instead. We can level the playing field.
We have an annual Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, which gives us full access to all of Adobe's creative applications for design, video, audio, and photography, including the new Edge tools and services. By aligning ourselves with the highest standards in the industry, we are able to guarantee your satisfaction. Clear communication and accountability is the way we do business in Flagstaff. For your free initial consultation, use our contact form.
Web Design & Development
Web Design involves clear thinking and broad assessment. Developing a substantial site usually takes a considerable amount of research as well. Brand Development, content structure, information integrity, technical writing, graphic & media design, and production are all elements of the web design process. They should be met head-on to ensure that your project evolves in a professional manner. An outline of your primary goals will serve as the foundation for future development, and will help those involved to provide meaningful feedback as your project moves from concept, to design, to production.
You should know who your target audience is and plan to organize the site to meet their needs. The experience of your users will vary from beginners who will need a simple, but well thought out home page, to power users who may be looking for quick drill-down access to the information they need. A good design should accommodate both.
You will want to consider a design approach. Your goal at this point is to identify effective online models that have been established by successful businesses, perhaps relevant to your own, and to evaluate the functional and aesthetic elements of each example from a user's point of view.
Motion Graphics & Visual Effects
Motion Graphics & visual effects are in great demand these days. In an effort to meet this demand we are expanding our vision to include this powerful, evolving art form. Leading the industry, as you might imagine, is Adobe with After Effects & Premiere Pro CC. It has always been my approach when learning a new set of skills, to study the works of those who are among the best in their field, and who better to learn After Effects from than the world renowned Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot? Other than John Dickinson, Aharon Rabinowitz, Eran Stern, Maltaannon, and Chad Perkins, I really can't think of anyone.
Over the next few weeks I will be posting the results of several of the tutorials given by Mr. Kramer up on our website. Rather than taking credit for these works myself, I feel it is important that any prospective clients know up front that we here at Web Magi in Flagstaff are honest, fun loving, and considerate folk, and would never dream of claiming the genius of others as our own. OK, maybe we dream of it, but we also realize we could never live up to the dream if we were to take on a project that we were ill-equipped to see through to completion. We also realize that most people (JJ Abrams excluded) probably can't afford to hire Andrew anyway, so we feel relatively safe in promoting his website. (Findings to the contrary will necessarily void this approach, but for now, Andrew's the man!)
Character Animation & Cartoons
Animationhas been an integral part of our workflow going on 8 years now. While our focus has traditionally revolved around SWiSH Max4, with simple Flash transitions, slideshows, and interactivity for Flagstaff client websites, we began to take a look at character animation and cartooning in mid 2009. As we considered which product would afford us the widest range of capabilities moving forward, we tested several solutions - Anime Studio, Animation:Master, Blender, Toon Boom - Adobe was our ultimate choice. Adobe's Creative Cloud is a suite of applications for design, production, animation, motion graphics, video, and sound editing that is literally unrivaled in the industry.
About 5 months into my training on the new Inverse Kinematics bones system in Flash Pro CS4 (Now Creative Cloud), I ran across a contest for Toon Boon Animate Pro. I decided to give it a go. Toon Boon Animate Pro is great software, I learned a lot in a very short period of time. Although my animation was not the winning entry, it did allow me the opportunity to to test drive Animate Pro for free. I spent about a month (in my spare time) creating the animation; learning the software as I went. To see our entry, click: 50's Style Animated Commercial
Even with all of Animate Pro's features, one would still need to export individual shots into a video compositing/editing application like After Effects or Premiere Pro. In fact, with Adobe Creative Cloud, we can do so much more than could ever be accomplished with just Animate Pro alone, so our animation pipeline is rock solid. We did however, see fit to purchase Toon Boom Animate 2, and are already working on new projects.