Every web and app project is different. Every client is different. And so our
approach at 4 Digital is centred on understanding exactly what you need to
achieve online and then identifying the perfect blend of our skills and services
to help you hit those goals with ease.
Look Lane is an online marketplace where designer-makers can sell quality hand-made products in a setting as unique as they are.
Rob and Debbie (co-owners of Look Lane) came to us buzzing with the massive potential of their business and needing a new website to maximise and drive sales growth whilst building high-value brand equity and traction in the UK marketplace.
As a designer himself, Rob had created beautiful designs for the site which conveyed a fresh modern look, with a big-brand feel, ensuring maximum user engagement and offering intuitive navigation. Our mission was to develop a slick and robust technical backend to harness the cleverness of the Look Lane concept.
To this end we developed a ground-up WordPress based eCommerce solution which incorporates an innovative shop-editor, allowing vendors to quickly and easily create and build both the internal and external view of their shops. This incorporates a library of fun visual elements allowing maximum creativity by selecting background styles, colours, doors, window styles, and accessories (including dogs, cats, T-rex and potted plants)!!!
Visitors to the site can either search or browse by product type or vendor name, or can view the shops visually to emulate the idea of physically mooching down a street of shops and choosing based on the look of a shop as much as the things it sells. If interested they can then ‘enter’ a shop and browse the products (and hopefully buy!).
In addition to the clever shop-editor the site had to function as a full-blown eCommerce solution whilst giving total flexibility and control to the client over vendor membership packages and commission rates.
The 4D team couldn’t have been any better! They quickly and efficiently took our brief and turned it into a fantastic website we’re all proud of. On top of their technical skill, their knowledge and their seamless project management, they also fielded our last minute tweaks and changes with grace and professionalism, even working late into the night and answering Skype calls (sorry). It was great working alongside them and to share a joke and have some fun along the way. We’re looking forward to Look Lane going from strength to strength and hope 4D will be alongside us on the journey! Please, guys..? I promise we won’t be so demanding from now on! Guys? Hellooo?!"The Look Lane team
The HR Dept provides SMEs across the UK and Ireland with personalised and highly professional HR services through a local network of Licensees.
The HR Dept came to us needing to creatively and technically update and rethink their website with the aim of giving their brand a much more contemporary and professional feel, and crucially to give their nationwide network of Licensees much greater flexibility and control over their individual micro-sites. Ultimately the new approach should result in an overall increase in high-value lead generation from their website.
A key feature on the new site would be sophisticated Licensee micro-sites that would allow each Licensee to configure and personalise their sites to a much greater degree. This would include the ability to add video content, customer testimonials, create ‘meet the team’ pages and post local events. The new site should also include a Licensee search tool allowing full postcode look-up of all nearby offices.
Having carefully scoped the technical and creative challenges we set about testing and refining the optimum approach to the UX (user experience) for the sites. We built a cloud-based interactive prototype which allowed us to test, iterate and share with the client easily and quickly. The real benefit of this was in eliminating any friction points in the user journey and navigational flow at the earliest possible stage. It also allowed us to define the detail for all page layouts and explore optimum positioning of key site components.
Once prototyping was completed we were able to move quickly into the main UI design phase of the project. Our focus here was in elevating the online brand language and giving it a much more modern and engaging feel. Having created and refined a series of high-fidelity creative visuals we then moved to building the final page layouts and WordPress theme. We had established early on that the new site should be built as a bespoke WordPress theme, rather than the Drupal platform used on the old site. This not only reduced costs for our client but enabled us to leverage the ease and speed of technical development that WordPress allows.
From start to finish the 4 Digital team pulled out all the stops to deliver above and beyond what we expected. We knew when embarking on such a complex project that we’d need a dedicated project manager. Leeann was ours, and she was absolutely fantastic throughout. Without her driving the project, those deadlines would have been a whole lot scarier! The creative talent the design team have is incredible. They spent a lot of time getting to know us, our brand, and our core message, ultimately building a site that encompassed it all. Our brand is everything, so we needed to be confident in the team building a website for it. Their team really helped us realise our ambitions for our website. 4 Digital know their stuff, we know that first hand! But they’re also a great team to work with. Open, honest, and good fun, all essential during lengthy projects! We will no doubt be using 4 Digital again in future. "Alex Ashby, Marketing Coordinator
Tulikivi UK is the sole distributor exclusively marketing and selling innovative Finnish heat-retaining fireplaces in the United Kingdom from the world’s largest manufacturer.
The Tulikivi name is largely unheard of in the UK, although extremely popular in Finland. The products are genuinely amazing and sit at the premium end of the market, however the lack of strong brand awareness amongst a UK target audience was considered to be hampering sales and growth. Tulikivi UK came to us needing a total website redesign and content restructuring.
The existing website lacked visual punch, structural definition, and clear messaging. The new site would need to appeal to high net-worth individuals, developers and interior designers – those likely to have the requisite budget and an appreciation of the necessary processes to get a premium feature product installed as the focal point in a home.
This required a completely new and fresh visual approach, giving a big-brand feel, and ensuring maximum user engagement and brand attachment. The focus for us therefore was to underpin the design with a real sense of both the uniqueness of the product, the innovative technology at its heart, and the emotive ‘warm glow’ that a Tulikivi would bring to any home.
The new site we created for Tulikivi UK was a bespoke and fully responsive WordPress solution combining beautiful photography, detailed product information, demo videos and owner galleries. The site also works as a slick and effective sales tool, allowing users to effortlessly explore and navigate over 100 products in the Tulikivi range. For this we designed a bespoke product browser that combines simple feature filtering with an intuitive carousel viewer incorporating information overlays.
From start to finish, our experience with 4 Digital has been totally professional and they have delivered exactly what we hoped for. Leeann and Andy spent time with us to fully understand our requirements and the end result is everything we'd hoped for and more. We wanted to update our old site to something which really showcased our products and explained exactly what we do. 4 Digital took our plain, lifeless site and turned it into a rich and engaging one of which we can be extremely proud."Teresa Coupland, Marketing Manager
Olivehorse is a dynamic, rapidly growing SAP consultancy, specialising in Supply Chain Management. In the UK they have an unparalleled level and depth of industry experience and expertise throughout their team of senior consultants. This has allowed them to help many of the world’s best-known companies achieve maximum business value and efficiency through SAP supply chain programme planning and implementation.
The brief from Olivehorse was to evolve, enhance and elevate their brand to better reflect their status as SAP industry heavyweights. This encompassed a full brand review, including a one-day workshop, to fully understand the current positioning, assess existing levels of equity and to create a clear roadmap for developing a new visual identity. From this a suite of top-level primary marketing messages was created to distill and define the Olivehorse story. We then evolved and crafted a striking new visual identity, together with a bespoke, responsive, WordPress website to bring the new brand fully to life and form the primary means of communicating with the marketplace. All website content was rewritten by our copywriter Rupert to inject the correct tone of voice and a full set of brand guidelines was developed to ensure consistency of application going forward.
Andy, Iain, Leeann and the team demonstrated great expertise, creativity and patience as they led us through the entire process, to deliver an outstanding result. Their combination of technical expertise and creativity supported by thorough and pragmatic project management, covered all of the bases. We are delighted with the outcome and have had great feedback from our clients."Jim Houghton, Director, Olivehorse Consulting
James Pyle & Co. is a successful, growing estate agency based in the Cotswolds and dealing with all aspects of residential sales and lettings. They approached 4 Digital needing a full refresh of their existing website with the focus being on creating a much cleaner, more effective and more user-friendly design. This entailed both visually evolving the James Pyle brand to convey their brand ‘voice’ more clearly and also creating responsive layouts that put their impressive property photography centre stage on every device.
As well as the visual aspect of the project the other key requirement was to integrate the new website with Jupix – integrated software that enables content on Rightmove and other property websites to be fed directly and seamlessly into the listings automatically. Our solution was to create a bespoke, fully-responsive WordPress site for James Pyle that took their online presence up a whole level, elevated their brand messaging and created much greater user engagement throughout. The seamless integration of the Jupix feed and easy to use interface maximised the sales potential of their property listings.
Thank you and your team for all your hard work, creativity and professionalism. From the outset you grasped the concept from a very basic brief and have created a brand new, fresh-looking, fully-responsive website that has surpassed all my expectations."James Pyle, Director
The Thought Business offers life and business coaching with a very different approach. Martin Croft, the man behind The Thought Business, came to 4 Digital needing a website for the first time to communicate that difference and engage with people needing to try something new. His brief to us was both very simple and very challenging – ‘I want a website that is unique!’ Game on.
From this basic premise we designed and implemented a website that genuinely creates engagement and impact on the part of the visitor from the moment it loads, with a unique split-scrolling effect. With sharp, clever creative copy and powerful imagery, the website has generated numerous positive comments from “the best website I’ve seen” to “it’s amazing”. These days it’s harder than ever to create uniqueness online, but we worked closely with Martin to fully convey his unique proposition in both the creative and technical execution.
The Thought Business was always in safe hands. The process, creativity, communication, sharing and the in-depth contact could not have been equalled. Particularly though, the care for which the team endeavoured to seek perfection to their demanding levels of acceptance, and mine."Martin Croft, Owner
Andy and his team were lead developers on Vodafone’s UK enterprise ecommerce platform, one of the most visited websites in the country.
Over the ensuing five years, the platform has served the consumer and business online shops, online consumer upgrades and a multi-channel tool used by all retail stores and telesales agents.
As well as being a pleasure to work with Andy’s diligence and attention to detail always ensures that a quality product is delivered that meets and regularly exceeds the client’s expectations."Ozkan Mustafa, Development Manager, Vodafone UK
As MD of Tax Management New Zealand, I have utilised Andy’s services and those of his company since 2002. The longevity of this association is testimony to our working relationship. Andy is commercial in his approach, and has demonstrated ability to interact constructively in helping us define user requirements and implement great web based systems.
A pleasure to work with. Amazing attention to detail, creative solutions, elegantly executed. On a personal level (but still in a business context!), Andy is a calm, approachable, friendly, philosophical man and a pleasure to know. In one word? Trustworthy. In three? Trustworthy Technological Evangelist.
Andy has the ability to fully understand a client’s requirements and then transpose them into well thought out, logical, user interfaces and features. As well as being a pleasure to work with Andy’s diligence and attention to detail always ensures that a quality product is delivered that meets and regularly exceeds the client’s expectations. I would highly recommend Andy to any potential client, as his wide industry knowledge and expertise is a valuable asset to any serious online business.
We have worked with Andy for close on a decade and must say he has been the most reliable and efficient consultant we have ever dealt with. He has always been upfront and clear about costs and timings and sticks to these even if under pressure from other quarters. With his experience and skill he adds value to all projects and requires very little supervision, thereby adding to our bottom line. I would have no hesitation in recommending Andy and his team to anyone wanting Web development.