Web design is booming in Vancouver, as new firms continue to enter the market.
As well as leading the field in creating beautiful websites and video, there are several new firms coming onto the scene that have an eye on the market for design work.
One of the newest is the web design consultancy WebDesignVancouver, which has just opened its offices in downtown Vancouver.
WebDesign Vancouver is run by Andrew and Jodie Smith, who also manage the web development and design consultancy, WebDesign, which was started in 2005.
“There’s an exciting boom in the web,” says Andrew Smith.
“And the demand is there.”
The couple’s first client was the United States Navy, who asked the company to design an information centre for their sailors.
The next year, the firm went on to design the USS Independence, the US Navy’s newest amphibious ship.
Another client was China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, which commissioned the firm to design their own aircraft carrier.
A few months later, the Smiths saw a potential client in the world of online retail.
“We started getting requests for design services, so we decided to take it to the next level and set up our office in Vancouver,” says Jodied Smith.
It was in the same building that the Smith’s first clients were commissioned to work on their designs for the World Trade Centre, the Sears Tower, and other iconic buildings in New York City.
“As we started to see demand for our services, we saw an opportunity to expand our work to other areas of the world,” says Mr Smith.
Mr Smith says that his clients have come from countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh, and the United Arab Emirates.
“Our clients are happy to do work for us,” he adds.
“It’s a really interesting market, with a lot of new opportunities.”
The firm has also seen clients like Facebook, Google, and Netflix.
“They’re all using the internet for things like social networking and sharing videos,” Mr Smith explains.
“In fact, I think the internet has become a lot more of a tool for people in the past.”
And while the firm has a growing client base, Mr Smith admits that there are still some people who aren’t comfortable with the work they’re doing.
“People are not comfortable with a designer in a building,” he says.
“When they see a website that’s not designed by a professional designer, they’re not going to want to work with them.”
“They feel intimidated,” he added.
But Mr Smith believes that he has made some of the more difficult design work more enjoyable.
“I think we’ve managed to bring the clients to where they feel they can enjoy the work,” he concludes.
“You can get more of an experience from a client than if they were going through the usual process.”
Mr Smith is confident that the new clients are finding WebDesign to be more of “a safe space for design.”
“We’re really comfortable with what we do and what we’ve been able to do,” he said.
“A lot of our clients are people that have worked with us in the design world before.
WebDesign is an industry-leading agency with a reputation for creating quality work in the Vancouver market. “
If they’re going to work, they know that they’re on our team.”
WebDesign is an industry-leading agency with a reputation for creating quality work in the Vancouver market.
The firm also has offices in Vancouver and Sydney, Australia.
Mr Joseph explains that the firm’s first major client was one of the top US corporations, the Ford Motor Company, who commissioned them to design a factory for their Ford Fusions.
The Smiths also have clients from Japan, Canada, Australia, and France.
“For the most part, our clients have been satisfied with our work,” Mr Joseph said.
The couple also have two other clients working on projects in other countries.
“One is a company in Hong Kong that is a large multinational, with over a hundred people,” Mr Jodies explains.
He says that their other clients include a number of international companies, including BMW, Volkswagen, Renault, and Nissan.
“These clients are all interested in the work we do,” Mr Joe says.
The pair are keen to be able to work in Vancouver to offer services to those clients.
“The City of Vancouver has a long tradition of creating a welcoming environment for our clients to work,” says Ms Smith.
However, they say that there’s also an element of competition for their work.
We don’t want to make any big announcements until we have our final report,” she adds. “
This is something we’re working on.
We don’t want to make any big announcements until we have our final report,” she adds.
Mr Joe adds that it’s important for clients to understand the work that they are doing, and what the firm is able to provide.
“All the work is in a safe environment,” he explains.
“[We want] to be available to clients who need assistance, and they should be aware that if they need something, we’ll