GEA Consulting responsive web design

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GEA Consulting Logo (Portrait)Who are GEA Consulting?

GEA Consulting specialise in providing energy-saving methodologies to organisations looking to reduce their carbon footprint and make a real impact on the environment and their costs. GEA Consulting's managing director Andrew Gardner has been short-listed for, and won, numerous industry awards, including being awarded CIBSE's Low Carbon Consultant of the Year no less than 3 times.

GEA had a basic web presence that they were looking to revitalise, which included a revamp of the company's identity and stationery suite. Having already demonstrated our design and development capabilities to new company director Sebastian Gray on a previous venture, Ballyhoo were ideally placed to put our experience into this project.

We recommended that GEA 'future-proof' their website by employing responsive web design techniques to cater for the growing population accessing the internet through smart devices. With their strong focus on forward-thinking, it's no surprise that this was something they wanted to take advantage of.

What the client has to say about our work...

I first used ballyhoo for my previous business, in which they successfully helped rebuild that site. Since then I have moved over to GEA Consulting, in which we used them again and I got our Managing Director involved. Not only did they cover our website design (including mobile and tablet enabled) but they also designed our new brand identity, brochure and helped with our email migration, all at the same time.

Their effective project management made dealing with all requests at once a stressless task and throughout the entire process we had good communication with them. Overall Ballyhoo have the talent in business of being able to understand two peoples visions, both creative and logical, and bringing them together to make a truly professional and clean site.

Sebastian Gray, Company Director

Brand Identity

Our first task as part of this project was to develop a new brand identity design for GEA Consulting. When we say identity, we don't just mean a company logo. We go beyond this to develop a well-rounded idea of how the company should be represented in different media, including how the logo, brand colours and typography can be put to best effect in a range of circumstances.

With GEA's preferences in mind we set to work exploring how we could represent what they do visually. After putting our initial ideas to the client for their feedback we refined our design until we arrived at the final logo, which you can see below with the company tagline. Compare this to their old logo on the left and we think you'll agree its a vast improvement.

Old GEA Consulting Logo GEa Consulting Logo With Tagline

As the final part of this exercise we presented GEA Consulting with a personalised brand guidelines document, something they can both use in-house as a reference or take to any graphic designer in order to achieve consistency with the rest of their online and offline media.

GEA Consulting Responsive Website On Nexus 4Responsive Web Design

This website is fully responsive, meaning regardless of the resolution of your device the website will adapt its layout so that you can view and use it in the most favourable way.

Whether you view on your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone you'll be able to access all of the content on the full website with no omissions or compromises.

The web development techniques that we've used here ensure compatibility with all current and older devices, and this also means that the website should continue to appear in the ideal format on all new smartphone and tablet releases too.

In terms of the visuals on this website, the identity we created in the first stage of the project dictated the colours, fonts and general tone of the website. A vibrant hero image on the homepage greets you as you land and this type of strong imagery has been used on further pages, notably the Service section of the website, too.

Web Development

The platform we chose for the GEA Consulting website was our own lightweight CMS, Ballyhoo Refresh. Refresh has simple management features which allow anyone with word processing skills to successfully add and edit pages. This seemed ideal for what is essentially a brochure website, i.e. mainly providing information to visitors.

Web development proceeded in a temporary online environment where we could build without affecting the existing site. This also allowed GEA to complete user acceptance testing before the website went live, giving them confidence their new website would be launched in perfect condition.

Technologies we used in the build of this website included HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Google Apps

In addition to identity and website design, we have also provided a reliable hosting package for GEA and have introduced them to Google Apps, the cloud email and office suite. Our service here included the set up and configuration of Google Apps with their domain name as well as the migration of existing emails and contacts.

Google Apps allows you to access your emails, calendars, contacts and important documents on the go with seamless syncing between your devices. Powerful spam filters ensure you only see the messages that matter and if browser-based email isn't your thing, you can even use it with Outlook too. Learn more about Google Apps for Work.