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Global Village Design

Design with a Social Conscience...

SEO. Social Media. CMS. Templates. Blogging. Responsive Design. eCommerce. The list of buzzwords goes on and on. Developing a website - whether that means creating a new web presence or redesigning an existing site - can be a daunting proposition, but one that is essential for any business. We understand this and we like to try and make things as straightforward as possible for you.

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Reach Globally...

Too often people assume that a website is going to be prohibitively expensive and hesitate about moving forward. Primarily servicing the areas around Toronto, ranging from Milton to Peterborough, Global Village Design works with you to maximize your budget. A custom design that is created for your business and tastes is more affordable than you may think.

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Design Locally...

We focus on helping small to medium sized clients. We believe that a personal touch is important to the success of your project, and as such we enjoy building a relationship that will go beyond the inital development of your website. We begin with an analysis of your goals and needs, your likes and dislikes and your timelines and budget and then together plan out the solution that is right for you.

Call us anytime at 647.933.6076 to chat about your needs.

Design with a Social Conscience?

What does Design with a Social Conscience mean?

Some people have wondered about this catch-phrase or slogan. Design. Social Conscience. Not what you usually put together, and seemingly unrelated to a web site design company. We disagree. Our philosophy is Reach Globally, Design Locally, paraphrasing a well-known saying intended to reflect the idea that our local community is part of the global community.

One way we like to Reach Globally is by donating a portion of our earnings to Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

After all - we're all in this together...

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Featured Project

TRC Limited

TRC Limited is a manufacturer and supplier of a wide assortment of fittings, hose assemblies, valves, custom equipment, fluid power solutions & other pressure boundary components and instruments. They wanted to update their site to be mobile-friendly and cleaner, while retaining the general feel of their previous site. This site also features a custom CMS to provide greater control over their content.

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Green Hosting

Following the "we're all in this together" philosophy, Global Village Design offers hosting that is 100% wind and renewable energy powered. By taking advantage of hosting where the power is sourced from Bullfrog Power, which then leads to the purchase of offsets from ClimateCare, we are proud to say that each of our clients is acting as a good corporate citizen. If you are interested in utilizing a company that works to minimize our carbon footprint then we look forward to chatting.

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Current Kiva Micro-Loan

Our most recent loan recipient is Soy, who is 59 years old. She is widowed, and has a child studying in university. She lives in Cambodia, and she is a bean farmer. She has been in the business for 15 years, and through the help of previous micro-loans she has helped improve her own living conditions as well as support her child's education. Her current loan is to help her purchase more seed and organic pesticide for her bean farmland to help it gain a higher yield.

Your business is unique. Your website should be too.

At Global Village Design we work with you to create a site you feel happy representing you.

Here is a small cross-section of some sites we have built for our clients.

Trans Africa Pipeline

This amazing project to build desalination plants and a potable-water pipeline across sub-Saharan Africa is still in its infancy but the first step was to create an online presence that could be built upon as the project takes off.

A not-for-profit organization, the Trans Africa Pipeline Project needed a Content Management System driven website that would be both a source of general information, allow for the easy addition of current news releases and provide an opportunity for the public to make donations.

Starfish Scholarships India

This not-for-profit provides a scholarship to a student from the Olcott Memorial School in Chennai, India. They needed a web presence to both communicate their mission to the public as well as create an easier way for people to contribute suggestions for scholarship recipients or to assist financially.

The client didn't plan to update the site often so it a straightforward information site with emphasis on the use of colour and images to engage the user along with a simple, easy-to-navigate layout.

Ms. Reid

As a public school teacher Ms. Reid wanted a website that offered her students, and their parents, something creative and fun to engage them. It offers more than the site provided for her by the school. She had employed several successful strategies throughout her career and wanted to be able to bring those strategies into the classroom utilizing technology.

The site was also built to offer resources to other teachers and parents, and to showcase some of the student's work through their blog entries.

PSAC, Local 610

PSAC Local 610 is composed of the Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and Postdoctoral Associates (Postdocs) of the University of Western Ontario. There is a crossover with some of their members and the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) at UWO so a cohesive web presence was desired.

This site has a full Content Management System and is similar in layout to the SOGS site which was initially connected with this one in order to help with the sub-conscious connection between them.

You're Lookin' Good!

This project was a long-overdue site overhaul. The previous site was a basic information site with some PayPal buttons for a few of their products so the key starting point was moving to an eCommerce platform and a visual rebranding.

What was initially a mishmash of multiple domains and simultaneously co-existing websites became a cohesive single site. Work was done to streamline their online presence, including maintaining certain ties to their original website while creating a cleaner look.

Word & Deed Publishing

Focusing on resources for educators passionate about social justice, this client is a small publisher in competition with much larger operations. They wanted something simple and affordable but driven by an easily managed Content Management System.

From a design perspective the key was simple navigation and a tie-in with the branding efforts they were making with their printed materials. The final element was the ability to sell their books, so a PayPal shopping cart was implemented.

Suzanne Dennis

Suzanne Dennis is a Toronto artist whose work has been garnering critical acclaim. She wanted a site that was simple and visually focused while enabling her to also tell her story both in words and with her art.

Most importantly, she wanted a site that allowed her to continually expand her portfolio in a way that was engaging for her users. She opted for a multi-gallery approach, featuring a few pieces on her home page as an overview, and then a more comprehensive look at both her recent and earlier work.

Beyond Bookkeeping Business Services

This project was a long-overdue site overhaul. The previous site was a basic information site that was feeling dated and wasn't as mobile-friendly. However the client liked some aspects of their previous site so some continuity in colour and branding was retained.

Creating a cleaner look was key, but it was also important to make the site be flexible and be able to grow in the future while offering significant improvements in what - and how - information was presented now.

Market Street Design

The owner of this flourishing small business had initially created a basic one-page site for himself many years ago. Given his workload he hadn't taken time to revamp it, and when he was ready he had undergone significant shifts in his approach to the business.

Opting for a fresh, modern visual approach, he also was striving for something simple and streamlined to get the basics across so customers have an idea of what he offers while encouraging them to get in touch to learn more.

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