Web Art Direction, Online Marketing, Images & Music
2009 / 2010
Kicab.se - Web Design & WordPress
Although this started back in 2009, I´d like to publish this.
September 26, 2008
illustrations, Resource Point website
A series of images were made in a cost effective solution through enhancing stock photography and using the symbol of their logotype.
September 26, 2008
Website for Riai Aikido Dojo
Riai Aikido Dojo in Gothenburg, was trapped in a horrible content management system, which caused them serious problems. The fastest way out of the situation was to switch to a XHTML-based static site.
I also saw to that their old pages got correct 301 redirects to the new corresponding pages, so that they wouldn't lose any link power from incoming links that they've obtained over the years. The new URL:s was given a search enginge (and visitor) friendly readable form.
Since these are friends of mine, I also threw in a redesign to make them feel even better about their website. The logotype was a given element though.
There are still things to take care of behind the scene, mainly some inline css hacks, some awful css that got off on the wrong foot, and XHTML notes in the code so I beg all of you to disregard the code aspects at the moment. The deadline forced me to publish it with these flaws (I'm not mainly a coder these days). Besides, lack of time also forced me to reuse some of the old code. I don't like it, but you have to meet several kinds of demands in a real life project. Hopefully I'll can make time for the needed changes. Riai, however, are nevertheless far better off in all aspects with their new website.
September 25, 2008
Logotype for swedish greentech company Energy Area
This is an "almost done" case, but ready enough to display here anyway. I will extend the presentation here when it´s completely done, which also means when the website is published. One thing I really like about this is the greentech profile of course. The left one is the primary logo on a background plate. To the right is the secondary logo, is really nice when it's given a lot of whitespace and integrity.
September 9, 2008
Contribe Research & Technology / Recruitment
A common site for two separate, but closely related business areas; Contribe Research & Technology and Contribe Recruitment, had to quickly replace an older site for Contribe. Mission: to upgrade the current site graphically, write XHTML / CSS (mainly by Patrik Riske). It´s a pure XHTML version that is supposed to get into WordPress later on. Visit Contribe.se
June 13, 2008
Offshoredagen - Brochure and website
Offshoredagen is an event by ResourcePoint about offshoring and outsourcing issues, focusing on Swedish and Indian relations. I designed the brochure, that was transformed into the website offshoredagen.se where I also did XHTML and CSS.
June 5, 2008
ResourcePoint - Logotype OptimizationRP deals a lot with offshoring issues. The first on the agenda was to enhance their logotype. The old globe was turned into a well designed, more detailed and at the same time less "busy" verision. Carfully chosen gradients that also will make it interesting and worth looking at when printing it in bigger formats.
Note that the gradients are not exactly the same in the negative version as in the "standard" version. That goes for the greyscale version as well. Each version is optimized for their specific properties and surroundings.
May 25, 2008
Retouche - Office ExtensionsFor the Gothenburg based agency Sanning I did this retouche job.
March 11, 2008
Anywhen - The Opiates (revised)
David Sylvian (former front figure of the band Japan) caught interest of our latest album the Opiates. Sylvian says:
“The dark, brooding, romantic nature of the material [...] and the emotional gravity of Thomas' voice [...] I couldn't help but be drawn into its widescreen, colour-drained, soundscapes."
Now it's time for the resulting work of the revised version to hit the market. . I also keep an Anywhen discography page at untitled.se.
March 11, 2008
ZTOP! Internet Marketing
I'm trying out a new suit for my activities at Armini Solutions. Please review and comment this design draft at my swedish, personal blog jansandahl.se/ztop (since I haven't put up a blog here yet.) My goals have been.
- More personal feel
- More communicative
- More punch (both aurally and visually)
- Simpler URL (internet adress)
A direct link to the draft is to be found right here.
February 14, 2008
New website for Telogic.dk
Telogic is a danish telecom company with rather complicated specialized services. I suggest you dig in through the content (about MNO and MVNO for example) on their website. My part was to give them a much fresher look. At the same time they much needed to change their cms, which was full of strange limitations. The new cms (Joomla) was delivered by Xolution. We also had a nice working relation regarding the Joomla template with Chris Rault at JoomlaJunkie Hi, Chris! :-)
november 21, 2007
Jan Sandahl and Image retouch
September 8, 2007
Don't look at me - I'm hideous!
I agree: The current css-bashing of the design of my site hasn't been that rewarding. So I have to give you someting, don't I? Well, have a real good sneak peak here to see the work in progress. Also, I'm probably turning to the swedish language. That´s the thing of SEO stupidity you can do with your own sites. PageRank down the drain I suppose. But I'm not worried. I will build my (search engine and people) trust in so many ways, it will make you tremble. :-)
June 13, 2007
MediaGraphic is the hyper client focused printing solution company, that never says no to a customer. This is unique, and it's more common that a client gets a "no we can't do that type of work" from a printing firm, if the job doesn't immediately fits their production means. This means that mediagraphic isn't just a printing firm. They have a vast network of providers that they use to match their clients needs. They seek full responsibility for a companys printing needs, and thus making it better, simpler and often more economical.
My job was to help them get through with all this on their website. They wanted a much more graphical website than before, so a series of top images were used to meet this wish. The images are a bit playful, aiming to communicate that they can present insipiring solutions to their clients. They have a soft spot for imaginative retouched images and the image sixfinger fits in well.
I may get back (when/if time allows me to) for a more indepth presentation, because there is a lot to this producion!
Books I have bought, read and enjoyed
June 8, 2007
I received the brief for bekvam.se monday morning, (june 4th) and the site was up and running today (june 8th). The company Bekväm provides household (and related) services to both companies and individuals, in the so called Trestad area in the west of Sweden. Preexisiting elements was logotype and most colors. This is step one for the site, and we´ll see about how it will develop. As a "quick launch" I think we did well. Design was a collaboration between me and Patrik Riske. I like to cooperate and think it´s a much more rewarding process.
May 20, 2007
Images are strong! I pitched for the use of an eyecatcher during the design of Mediagraphic new website (Not quite ready to go online though, but really soon now) and they liked the idea. To make an anatomically believable six fingered hand, a surgical retouch approach was needed.
May 18, 2007
Inspired by - or stolen by?
Note: Krusell has since then redesigned their website. I'll keep the (partly rewritten) post below for archive purposes only.
Tonight, I ran across two similar looking websites. The first site is Krusell, a manufacturer of "carrying equipment for portable electronics", and the second one is the swedish museum of world culture (Gothenburg). Without further investigation, I´m almost more than 100% certain that the museum site was first. This is no copy-paste, but I instantly thought of the museum site when I saw krusell.se.
April 2, 2007
Onlinemarknadsföring.se (Online marketing)
Note: This site isn't updated as of now. The concept is abandoned. It was a time with too many internet ideas flying around in my head. Well they still do, but I don't act on every whim any more. If I find a good edge for the site, I may get back to it.
Original post: Just a short note on a new blog of mine. Topic for the blog is online marketing. I´m aiming to list, and easily explain, common (and not so common) terms within the field. the blog is in swedish, but examples will be both swedish and international. Please stop by for comments, feedback or even criticize if you feel like it. Enjoy!
March 26, 2007
Deal closed for two new websites!
Within a month, two new websites will be presented here. I'm going to keep you on hold (making you curious, or so I hope) so that you will be back to see the result. Chances are that they will go live earlier than a month, so check here once in a while.
March 24, 2007
SEO abuse hits untitled.se
A couple of days ago I noticed some new links pointing at my pages, url untitled.se. Have a look at this abusive blackhat SEO page where someone misleadingly states me (untitled.se) as beeing the creator of that page . It makes me so mad and I gladly receives good tips on how to fight back. I tried who.is to check who was behind the page,but I got no answer due to "too many requests". More sites abused by them perhaps? I've reported the site for abuse at Google, so let's hope that works well.
March 17, 2007
SEO - Search Engine Optimization on untitled.se
I wanted to emphasize the advent of a new section on the site: Search Engine Optimization. The main reason is not that I've developed into a full-blown professional on the subject. No, it's more due to the connection it has to web standards and good copy. I've listed some really good (and less good) search results for armini.se and bildlösningar.se on the SEO page. These results comes mainly from caring about web standards, and the insight that sites are for people - not search engines. The knowledge I now posess have lead me to the conclusion that almost any kind of SEO is a form of manipulation of the SERP (search engine results page) - and should be avoided, in favour for natural linkbuilding and having a focus on good content. This is what Google is looking for, and will rapidly be getting better at detecting unnaturally developed sites with, for example, unnatural link patterns. My achievements rely upon on-page SEO with few, or no inbound links at all.
And yes - the thumbnail image to this post is a small hommage to the very nice logo of the gothenburg based seo firm named... seo. ;-)
I´ve always loved this field of work - but, until now, never made a serious attempt to monetize it. Bildlösningar.se (or bildlosningar.se) offers creative image solutions, photo retouche, 3D-images or combined techniques for specific image needs. The name/brand is presented through Armini Solutions AB.
December 21, 2006
A next step for the armini family of sites has recently been launched, armini-internet.se. Ready for take-off is also a new version of armini.se (that will reside at armini-telemarketing.se). However, that may still be a while, due to a current campaign.
October 23, 2006
The shape of things, part II
October 22, 2006
The shape of things to come
As we all occasionally do, I was searching the internet for my own name, and this time I found an image of mine in an article about the evolution of the "design movement" organic design. Frank Lloyd Wright is seen as the father of this movement (in the area of residential design). The article appears at the software company Graphisoft website and a duplicate is to be found at AECBytes.
September 06, 2006
Rekrytema.com...is done. Way back!
November 18, 2005
Rekrytema - Redesign in november/december
A short newsflash about an upcoming piece of work. Now you can benefit from the opportunity given here, to compare the
current design with the redesign (that is, if you´re a frequenter and happens to read this). There´s no release date yet for the new design, but everyone's eager to get it online before christmas. My own guess is that it will happen even sooner.
June 9, 2005
NCA Group AB
NCA Group AB (Nordic Cleaning Alliance) is a large full service company, with emphasis on cleaning indoor enviroments. The design was created in harmony with their existing design manual. Launched in June, but produced earlier this year at EWS International. CMS System programming, XHTML and CSS by Andreas Norman and EWS International.
The NCA website has been nicely redesigned by impera in Örebro. I wish to thank NCA for having my design up since 2005 until now, and I wish them all the best with their new site.
Profitel website design
Profitel work in several ways with the quality of other companies telephone policys. This design was not intended to solve the companys every communication need (which simply wasn't possible in the very short production time given), but was rather aimed to be a substantial facelift, giving people interested in their upcoming event "IP-telefonidagen" a more reliable and fresh impression. Produced at EWS International. CMS System programming, XHTML and CSS by Andreas Norman and EWS International.
May 9, 2004
Smart SMS: Webpage, SMS service
Ooops! Almost forgot... this one´s been out for a while. Redesign/logo/XHTML coding for an SMS service called Smart SMS. Visit Smart SMS website.