You Don’t Need a Website

You don’t need a website. Yeah, you heard me, you aspiring small-business-owner. You maker, creator. You entrepreneur. I know you think you do – probably because some other website told you so. Maybe you’re a business-savvy bartender hoping to become the next Marie Forleo. Maybe you’ve been doing your thing out there in the real…

When A Site Gets Hacked

On the morning of a big launch, a client contacted me with bad news: her site had been hacked. Her site is on one of the best hosts out there, that runs regular security checks, but when she had transferred her site from her old host to the new one, so also brought over some…

3 tips to help speed up your WordPress site.

The average internet user has about as much patience and attention span as my three year old. If your web pages take too long to load it’s likely that a visitor will move on, no matter how interesting your content is. This leaves the door wide open for a competitor’s sight to potentially get more…

What to Do When Someone Steals Your Website

I know the old adage says “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, but let’s face it: when you pour your heart and soul into your website, discovering that your design or content has been hijacked by someone else just sucks. A few weeks ago, I received an email from a past client who was…

Foundations and Comfort

My friend Elizabeth popped over last week for a quick chat. I’m building her a new website that captures her awesomeness and we needed to discuss content, specifically if she was still planning to have three sites, or if there were a way we could resolve those three into a single website. We found ourselves…

Walking the Path

I’ve been thinking a lot about paths recently. It lingered on my mind when I woke yesterday, how things twist and turn and find yourself somewhere you never expected to be. School made life seem so easy. In high school, the path was clear: go to college, get a job, meet a boy, fall in…

Top 5 Questions to Ask a Developer

Last week, I sat down for a chat with Vari Longmuir of Buttercup Ink. Vari is a sassy designer, originally from Scotland who now calls Melbourne, Australia home. We recorded a short video for her new program about what you need to know when hiring a developer. Having been a very clueless blogger once-upon-a-time myself,…

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Michelle Viljoen

(website design) is a graphic designer and brand consultant who specializes in creating and developing brands. Her core focuses are logo development, website design and brand direction.

Jane Reaction

(logo and original branding) is a graphic design and art director who works with with small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, creating cohesive and interesting brands and websites.

Carrie Coleman

(photography) is a wedding photographer, whose goal is to capture the visual expression of a couple's love through timeless, organic images. She is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.