And if they’re visiting the site via iPhone or iPad, they will no longer see a blank space where an image should be.
The firm recently revamped and upgraded its site with the help of the designers at Lifeboat Creative, a Wichita, Kansas based design firm that specializes in web design, web development, graphic design, logo design, corporate identity, and search engine optimization.
Lifeboat Creative designed Harmon’s original site years ago. Yet despite the many compliments Harmon has received on the original design, the Lifeboat designers recognized the need for an upgrade.
“I think the biggest changes are in user interface and content organization,”
Besides getting rid of Flash software, which is not supported by Apple® products, the revamped site provides a simpler, more uniform look for all pages of the site, makes navigating from one section of the site to another more intuitive, and includes the firm’s most recent projects with updated text.
“The new site better exemplifies the diversity of our projects,” said architectural intern Courtney Evans, who worked closely with Lifeboat on the redesign. “It’s also better organized and much easier to use.”
In a 2010 editorial in Residential Architect magazine, editor Claire Conroy admonished architects to pay close attention to their websites since potential clients are probably “Googling”
“When was the last time you updated your website?” she wrote. “Is your most current work there—including your on-the-boards projects? Do the photos enlarge, or are they tiny thumbnails no one can see? Do you make your visitors chase phantom images before they can click on anything (i.e., have you abandoned Flash yet)? Is everything organized in a coherent, accessible way?”
With the changes, Harmon’s firm can answer yes to all Conroy’s questions.
To view the revamped website, go to http://www.frankharmon.com.
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