Thursday, April 22, 2010

Right In Your Own Back Yard

Have you ever had one of those moments when you're driving down the street on your way home and you see a business and wonder, "How long has THAT been there?". Then you decide to stop in, find out the place offers exactly what you've been looking for, AND they've been in business at that location for almost a decade.

Maybe I'm the only one that happens to, but I doubt it.

Sometimes we're not aware of the possibilities around us - the tools and the talent that may be right around the corner or down the street that enable us to do some amazing things. In the areas of web development and advertising media, we largely see two reasons for this.

Sometimes the reason is a "can't see the forest for the trees" mindset; people come across a specific tool or technology and focus on that instead of the bigger picture. They may focus on that individual tool instead of viewing it as part of a set of tools that work together.

And sometimes the mindset is that you have to look to a larger city to find businesses to meet your needs or offer cutting edge technologies. The origins of this mindset are understandable, but it doesn't accurately reflect the world we live in anymore - where people with the skills and creativity to forge and wield these tools can be found in places that may surprise you.

Sometimes in your own back yard.

LogicMaze is a perfect example of these kinds of resources that people don't always realize are right around the corner. For example, did you know that you can have a custom website made to suit your exact needs and standards? As just a few examples, check out Kidron Bethel, Carl's Bar, Adventure Sports, Kansas Wheat, or Power Plant Equipment.

Did you know that you can get custom production process animation done right here in Hutchinson? Check out the Seed Planter Demo page at SRES to see for yourself.

What if you are a civic or social service organization and you're needing a professional web presence for a reasonable price that fits your budget both now and for years to come? That's right here, too. See examples at Interfaith Housing Services, HutchRents, United Way of Reno County, or the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center.

Or perhaps you already have a web presence for your business or organization but are wanting to add some custom video production or interactive content like games to attract and retain your audience. You guessed it - we've got you covered there, too. Take a look at product videos for Iron Pals here and here. Then check out a few of our branded games hosted on located here and here.

Those are just a few examples of what can be accomplished with the skills and creativity located right here in Hutchinson, right here at LogicMaze. So don't just drive by - stop in and take the time to explore this marketing and advertising treasure... right in your own back yard.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Kansas Cottonwood Quilts Redesign

Cottonwood Quilts is a shop located in Hutchinson KS. Cottonwood Quilts is a school and resource center for the art of quilting with products such as Needles, Sewing Supplies, Quilting Supplies, fabrics, The Lint Eater, etc.

“Our mission is to educate, to keep the heritage of quilting alive, to provide quality merchandise and supplies, to give knowledgeable assistance, to promote the art of quilting, and to encourage others to share our passion.” (Cottonwood Quilts)

There website also showcases their several of their in store deals, for their “Material Girl” Discounts and their special Birthday deal.

I had been assigned to create the administrative control panel for the Cottonwood Quilts website. They wanted the ability to update their website from any location, and to be able to update it easily by multiple people without the need of specialized software. Now they can completely manage their own website and create their own pages with our easy to understand content management system.

They can also upload their own images through a specialized file management system.

It has a featured item system that will display products from their Hutch Shops Shopping Cart. They can choose up to 5 items, upload images of those items and activate them to display randomly in the website.

Also they will have complete control of an events management system to control their special events. These events will display until the day of the event has passed.