Project Category: Web Design

Driftwood Craft Gin Distillery

Gins With Loads of Character

We were honoured to be contacted by Driftwood Gin Distillery in the Netherlands, to help market their craft gins. 
Driftwood Distillery currently offer four beautifully packaged craft gins which are available worldwide. 

The Problem

Driftwood’s current website had been created a good while earlier and managed by the owners. As with many websites, the process of managing it versus just doing what you are great at (in this case, distilling gin) became harder and harder. Driftwood also wanted the ability to sell their gins online, using the various payment methods available in NL, including split payments, which are a legal requirement. 

Our Solution

The Driftwood Distillery website uses the WordPress CMS and WooCommerce. The design is clean and minimal and makes use of the product photography and illustrative style of the product. 

The website is built using CSS Grid to create a modern, adaptive layout that re-orders itself depending on the device size. CSS Grid allows for much more flexible layouts and faster site speed. 

We worked with Matt Wilkinson, who produced the gorgeous cocktail and product shots that help to make the website so clean and minimal looking, leaving the attention entirely on the imagery and the colours of the brand. We believe that websites should be fast, clean and minimal, making use of the content within rather than relying on lots of pomp and flashy effects and this has been accomplished beautifully in this project.

The site & photography was completed in time for the bottles to feature in GQ Magazine

Matt created seasonal cocktails for the website product shots, for the perfect serves


We are an award winning digital agency. We are also builders of high quality web sites and web applications, marketeers of business, designers and creators of beautiful brands. If you are looking for something that works and looks beautiful, and you are looking to work with a friendly, down to earth team, then speak to us today. Like many of our happy clients you’ll be glad you did. 


The Style Counsellor gets a full makeover

We loved creating this bold colourful website to showcase The Style Counsellor’s services and portfolio.

Who is the Style Counsellor? No it’s not a cover band! Award-winning image consultant, personal stylist and personal shopper, Jacqui Cooper,  is no stranger to style. When her consultancy “The Style Counsellor” underwent a bold and colourful rebrand, Jacqui needed a web presence to match.

We loved designing this bold colourful website to showcase Jacqui’s services and portfolio, and it reflects her branding beautifully.

Our Challenges with The Style Counsellor Site

Our biggest challenge was the varying demographic. Jacqui works primarily with everyday women. By this we mean people have lost their way when it comes to aligning mind body and spirit. But Jacqui’s services also include the corporate world and… men! How did we make a website aimed at women’s style and also make it appeal to a male audience?

We don’t want to get into the whole gender debate, its 2017. However we do know a thing or two about colour theory. So, we decided colour was the way to implement the look and feel of specific landing pages.

Another challenge with this build was the project complexity. Jacqui has a preference for WordPress. As the existing content management system and a lot of work went into previous content. Jacqui was also fluent with the CMS. At Factory, one thing we pride ourselves on is good code and well structured web builds. Because of this we wanted to make sure the site was well engineered and logical at the back end.

Challenges with content.

Since the existing consisted primarily of  individual web pages. So, we engineered a much more dynamic approach. We created custom post types for services, success stories, press and testimonials. For events we connected with the eventbrite API and pulled in events directly from the clients eventbrite account.

Features

Our concern was ensuring we could lead capture. Also that the customer’s path to conversion would be as simple as possible. With a diverse range of services, this was also a challenge. We created each service in a landing page style, to help with event tracking.

We created the website with clear calls to action on every page encouraging users to take action. The ‘free style guide’ which includes an email sign up form sits clearly in the website header.

What Our Client Said

I have no hesitation in recommending Factory for your website design. The team is small, approachable, accountable, dynamic but above all they fully understood that I didn’t talk their language. I’m not really a techy person and made that very clear to them from the outset. They demonstrated patience and understanding along the way.

I’ve been delighted with their work and ultimately the bright, stylish website I was promised they certainly delivered ❤️

Jacqui Cooper, The Style Counsellor


Made By Factory are an award winning digital agency. We’re also builders of high quality web sites and web applications, marketeers of business, advisors, designers and creators of beautiful brands. We have expertise in Bespoke PHP Development, MVC Frameworks and WordPress. We are Crafters of Code.


Think 4 Website

Super Duper Heroic Web Presence for Think 4

Think 4 approached us with a very dated web presence and half a project that was not going too well. We performed a web rescue and created this fun and functional website.

Our client needed a smart, adaptable website that reflected their brand and personality. It also needed an obvious connection to their status as a Microsoft Partner.

Choosing the right CMS for Think 4

The Client had a lot of content and an existing WordPress Blog, so it made a great deal of sense to use the WordPress CMS and develop a bespoke theme. So, that’s exactly what we did. The result is clean, easy to read and easy t

Web Design

We created all pages with a clean and simple layout. The design reflects the look and feel of Microsoft Partners and also Microsoft related products.

Made By Factory are an award winning digital agency. We are also builders of high quality web sites and web applications, marketeers of business, designers and creators of beautiful brands.

Search for the hero inside yourself


Made By Factory are an award winning digital agency. We are builders of high quality web sites and web applications, marketeers of business, designers and creators of beautiful brands.

Made By Factory are an established Web Design Agency in Manchester. We have expertise in Bespoke PHP Development, MVC Frameworks and WordPress. We are Crafters of Code. 


Orb Morph Microsite

A Micro site and ongoing brand engagement campaign for Morph UK. The transformable shapeshifting fluff!

Micro Site & Brand Engagement

In our latest creative brief, we were given some squishy fluff to play with. That doesn’t happen every day. Its no other than the new clay that is causing a storm. Morph!

Morph, the shapeshifting transformable fluff, currently popular in Canada, is a magical compound for kids that never dries out! Amongst it’s other wonders, it floats, you can ink stamp it and more! The more you play with it the more bendy and mouldable it becomes!

We’ve reached over 500k people over the last quarter with social media campaigns

Chubby Fingers

We designed the micro site with larger menu tap targets and also larger buttons. This was for our younger users who may just want to sneak a peek at the morph video. (So they could pester their mums and dads to buy them some magical fluff!)

Other nifty elements include this fluffy mobile responsive video frame. Sometimes you have to just do things for fun!

Appealing to our demographic

Morph is clearly aimed at kids. Our challenge was to also get it in front of the parents. The data we collected from our initial run showed over 94% of users view this site on a mobile device, over 70% were women and over 85% were between the age of 25-35. With this in mind we have created a mobile-first micro site for the morph brand that is fun to look at and reflects the qualities of the product in its navigation.

Made By Factory are an award winning digital agency. We are builders of high quality web sites and web applications, marketeers of business, designers and creators of beautiful brands.

Naturelly Jelly Juice

A bespoke eccommerce website for the nations best loved children’s snack and a brand awareness campaign.

aWe met the founder of Naturelly on a trade mission to Dublin, Ireland with Enterprise Nation. We got along famously with our fellow Mancunian. Since then, we have also been fans of this brilliant multi award winning snack. We were thrilled to be tasked with creating a website to reflect the brand.

The client wanted a visually engaging, responsive website with simple e-commerce functionality. So, this fun website effectively communicates the brand, a grass roots, family run organic food and drink company.

What we created for Naturelly.

We created a hand crafted bespoke website, proudly powered by WordPress. The website makes use of gorgeous creative design that complements the brand pack shots. We also created slight css animations on the buttons and elements, to create the fun wobble effect.

We increased Naturelly’s organic search by 400%, with a display campaign and a snazzy new website. YAY!

Features

WordPress out of the box does come with some limitations. Page layout is highly simplistic, so we hand coded the layouts to produce the creative pages on the site. To allow the client maximum editability, we created custom fields for each individual section of the website. This then allowed our client the power to control all of their content.

So, this just goes to show the power of WordPress when you mix it with bespoke coded elements.


Web Design

Made By Factory are an award winning digital agency. We are also builders of high quality web sites and web applications, marketeers of business, advisorsdesigners and creators of beautiful brands.

Factory are an established Web Design Agency in Manchester. We also have expertise in Bespoke PHP Development, MVC Frameworks and WordPress. We are Crafters of Code.


Brand and Web Presence for Just BU

Just BU are a Community Interest project based in Greater Manchester. Founder Justin Fellowes has a mission. To specialising in the care and personal development of adults with learning and physical disabilities. Just BU as the name suggests encourages people to just get out there and be themselves. Just BU asked us to create them a brand new website

Challenges with the Just BU Website

Just BU provides many enjoyable activities for adults with physical and learning disabilities. One of which, is computer and web based training. So the website needed to be highly accessible and simple to navigate, to ensure it was usable by any of their user base.

How we rose to the challenge

The most striking visual feature of this website is its super simple navigation. One tap on the menu and it uncollapses, revealing ultra large and simplified tap targets. This works especially well on mobile and tablet devices.

Each page on the website has a clear visual at the top stating which page you are on.

Features

Another cool feature with this site is the ability to create simple user accounts. So, Justin wanted to allow multiple authors as part of his activity led training. We allowed web users to create an easy profile and Bio that resembles creating a social media account, by asking the user questions.

Get out there and Just Be You!

Brand and Graphic Design

The overall brand is a bold choice of red. Whilst this is used as a primary colour, we used a variety of colours for the various activities available by the organisation. For example, the kitchen is yellow and horticulture is green.

The overall theme contains stick men and bold lettering. This iconography carries through the site and also any literature. It gives a fun look to the brand too!

Finally, we created these Downloadable PDF Flyers you see below to advertise the many activities you can be involved in!


Made by factory are a digital marketing agency in Greater Manchester. We create beautiful brand and websites, and also advise on and implement digital campaigns. Ran by Ex Googler Ben Tennant & Design Extroadinaire, Andi Wilkinson.

Automatic Alarms Bespoke CMS and Website

A bespoke WordPress build for The Automatic Group

Bolton based security firm Automatic alarms approached us for an up to date, responsive web presence. Offering rapid response callout 365 days a year, they needed a reliable online presence to be available online.

Simplicity

Keeping things as simple for our client, and forward thinking as always, we chose CakePHP to engineer a bespoke CMS for the website. Commonly we also use WordPress. At Factory, however, we always ensure we use the most appropriate tool available for the project. CakePHP also provided a base framework for a system that would be able to handle much more.


Do you have a custom project that needs a skilled graphic designer? Why not contact us at our Manchester Creative Agency, and see what we can do for your business?

Made By Factory are an award winning digital agency. We are also builders of high quality web sites and web applications, marketeers of business, designers and creators of beautiful brands.


Time Psychology Website

A brochure website to showcase Time Psychology their work in television and media.

TV Doctor and author Rachel Andrew came to us for an up to date web presence. She wanted to showcase her clinical psychology practice, Time Psychology.

Dr Rachel required a brochure website that showcased the both services of Time Psychology and her work in television and media.

What we did.

A Brochure site to showcase services with multiple types of content updates lent itself readily to WordPress. WordPress out of the box is a blogging platform with a good deal of content management capabilities. but to make the site easy for our client to work with, we built in a few custom features.

WordPress powers over 25% of new sites launched every day!

Features of Time Psychology Site

We created custom post types for each area of service. TV work, journalism and PR. We could have simply used categories but creating the back-end this way made admin work much easier for our client.

We created a separate post type for team members. For each post type and page of the site, we hand coded the site layout so the site’s design was well considered.


We always aim to make our websites as easy as possible for you, the client to manage. Coding a website is definitely the job of a developer, but managing it should be intuitive for the end user. If you are looking for a site you can easily edit without having to make decisions about design and layout, then speak to us! We are WordPress Experts

Made By Factory are a Google Partner Digital Agency, owned by ex Googler Ben Tennant and Design expert Andi Wilkinson.


McGarry’s Van Hire Website

A fully bespoke CMS, logo refresh and a slick new website to bring McGarry’s into the digital era.

Long standing Manchester Car & Van Hire specialists McGarry’s didn’t have much by way of a web presence. Their existing web page was a basic page put there by Yell. Simply so there would be something to direct an enquiry to.

So, We created a fully bespoke CMS. Next we refreshed the logo and designed a slick new website to bring them into the digital era.

McGarry’s have been trading since 1979 and have relied on traditional advertising methods. They wanted the ability to easily add and edit vehicles on their website. Also to display much more information about hiring a vehicle.

What we did

With all clients we assess the best CMS going forward. We felt that CakePHP would offer the most flexibility for future development. This would allow the option to move from a paper based hire system and work this directly into the website. Firstly we created a CMS around the clients needs, primarily vehicle info.


Can we help you?

Made By Factory are an award winning digital agency. We’re also builders of high quality web sites and web applications, marketeers of business, designers and creators of beautiful brands.

We are an established Web Design Agency in Manchester. Our expertise is in Bespoke PHP Development, MVC Frameworks and also WordPress. We are Crafters of Code.


TLH Auctioneers Web & Bespoke CMS

A fully integrated bespoke CMS for TLH Auctioneers to work with iBidder

TLH Auctioneers are a large Auction house based in Manchester. We were tasked to create a website capable of handling their traffic and integrating with their current bidding system on iBidder.  This was solved by building a new bespoke CMS.

Firstly, we integrated with the iBidder platform by creating a bespoke CMS and tapping into the iBidder API. This ensured loyal customers of TLH auctioneers could place their bids directly on the website. It also prevented clients from moving over to a third party platform, where they could potentially move to their competitors.

Factory increased Revenue by 25% & online brand search by 1200%

Next, we engineered the CMS to interface directly with the iBidder platform, pulling in real time auction data. This allows our user to import auctions, and also create personalised banner advertisements to fit in with their own branding. The site also allows the user to upload auction catalogues, share news articles and manage many internal features. The site is also built with mobile in mind, as most bidders are now looking to keep track of their lots on the go.

What Our Client Said

Our work with Made By Factory aimed to completely overhaul the entire corporate website, evolve the TLH brand and the way we market our business to both new and existing customers.

The team at Factory spent time to get to know us as a business. We were happy to have our hands held and guided through all these exciting changes.

The outcome of this relationship with the Factory team has resulted in successful high growth for our company. I am looking forward to continue to work with them in the future

David Shumacker, Sales Director, TLH Auctioneers


Made By Factory are an award winning digital agency. We are also builders of high quality web sites and web applications, marketeers of business, designers and creators of beautiful brands.

Do you have a custom project that needs a skilled graphic designer? Why not contact us at our Manchester Creative Agency and see what we can do for your business?


Lewis Brewster: A Simple Portfolio Website

A simple portfolio site, using the WordPress CMS

LEWIS BREWSTER

When Revolution Radio DJ Lewis Brewster came to us with a napkin and a sketch, it was time to get our coding fingers out. Lewis had an idea for a site and needed someone who could create it. Given we are crafters of code at Made By Factory, this fun little idea was no problem for us.

The Challenge with Lewis Brewster.

The site was a simple portfolio site, using the WordPress CMS. Lewis wanted to showcase his YouTube videos. That was no problem. WordPress has out of the box functionality for YouTube embed, making it a really simple platform for this type of project.

The main feature was our fun radio ‘esque’ navigation on the home page. We used a bit of css magic to create the dial. Hint, you can’t use it on mobile.


Made By Factory are an award winning digital agency. We are also builders of high quality web sites and web applications, marketeers of business, designers and creators of beautiful brands.

Do you have a custom project that needs a skilled WordPress developer? Why not contact us at our Manchester Creative Agency, and see what we can do for your business?


Website for Manchester Estate Agents

We created a website for long standing Manchester estate agents, Aubrey Lee.

Aubrey Lee Website mocks made by factory

Creating a website for Aubrey Lee

Aubrey Lee Estate Agents & Valuers was formed in 1952, one of the oldest established estate agents in North Manchester.  Because of this, they wanted a website that reflected their traditional branding.

Aubrey Lee didn’t want to use the site to perform a property search, since they use Rightmove. So, this meant the requirement was to simply list featured properties and link back to them on the Rightmove website.

One of Manchester’s Longest Standing Estate Agencies.

At Factory all websites we create are bespoke to our clients needs and requirements. We used the WordPress CMS and created a hand coded WordPress theme. For handling the featured sales and rental properties, we created custom post types. This allowed user input of specific property details such as bedrooms, bathrooms, property types, links to Rightmove and more.

After creating a tailored CMS using WordPress, we created a bespoke theme for the customer facing side. Our site sports a yellow and grey theme which is congruent with Aubrey Lees 60 year old branding, teamed with traditional typography it has an overall vintage feel whist being easily to navigate and read. Finally a check to cross all the T’s and dot the I’s. Our first WordPress Website Made By Factory, helping Aubrey Lee grow online

What Our Client Said

The Team at Made By Factory have always been helpful. friendly and take the time to understand what we need as a business.Our website is well maintained and tailored to our brand. I would recommend this small agency to anyone needing a web presence.

Andrew Cuckill, Aubrey Lee


Made By Factory are an established Web Design Agency in Manchester. We have expertise in Bespoke PHP Development, MVC Frameworks and WordPress. We are Crafters of Code.