North Central Educational Service District

The North Central Educational Service District is a huge organization that spans dozens of employees working across a wide variety of fields in multiple locations. The NCESD was looking for a new website that would completely revamp their online presence by making the services they offered more obvious, putting their staff front and center, and presenting their organization as modern and professional.

Jennifer Korfiatis and I teamed up on this project that started with heavy research and planning based on the analytics from the NCESD’s previous site. Having been around for many years it had accumulated a vast number of pages and links that weren’t functioning or never visited. We pared the content down and reorganized it to to make it crystal clear where each type of visitor can find what they’re looking for.

The design of the site was completely new and fresh. Bright accents of blue and green set a professional tone that isn’t overly corporate or stiff. Beautiful imagery of the Wenatchee Valley embed the site in its district. Finally clean icons and fonts make the site much easier to scan and read.

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But the site isn’t all just new pretty pictures, the backend (built in WordPress) has heavy custom functionality that solves the problems the NCESD came to us with. First we created a landing page that is an overview to all of the important services the organization offers. Inside each service category is a consistent series of pages marked by a custom drop-down menu. These pages clean up the majority of the content on the site and make everything clear, ordered, and congruous. We also beefed up the Staff Directory. Not only is it easier to search and find an employee, staff members are placed directly inside the pages of the service category that they work in. This customization was one of the main goals in the initial project scope. A more powerful calendar, easy-to-update job postings, and a revised news section round out all of the extra functionality that was built into this new site.

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Looking good across all devices, the new NCESD site is everything the team was looking for and more! Now the NCESD finds it easy to update their site and visitors find it easy to discover the content they’re looking for.

Mike Caemmerer

Program Director at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts

Brad’s work consistently impresses. He has a great knack for designing material that both fits our mission and pushes our look to be new and fresh and innovative. Working with Brad is a delight. It is a collaborative venture that engages the creative process. His patience seems endless—in spite of how much we test it. Brad and Apt Design an ideal fit for us.

Craig Larsen

former Executive Director at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce

I have seen Brad’s web design work on two separate and very different projects. I was impressed on each occasion with the time he took to really understand what the customer wants and needs from each project, leading to a great website both times.

Marissa Collins

Marketing Director at the Numerica Performing Arts Center

Brad executes a project with such ease that it really makes for an enjoyable experience. I trust Brad and would highly recommend his design solutions to anyone.

Andy Dappen

Founder, Editor of WenatcheeOutdoors.org

Brad was always extremely prompt and professional in turning around what we requested. And Apt Design brought top quality design elements and ideas to the table for our consideration.

Rolf Boone

Blogger

Brad provided very clear and understandable (for those of us who are tech challenged) directions on the process, explaining the steps he would take to build and design the site, as well as the input he wanted from me, and the training involved once the site was complete. Brad, who has a sharp eye for design, ran with it and produced a great site. He does good work.

Brad is a complete professional and a pleasure to work with — he’s intuitive, creative, responsive and reliable.

Jennifer Skiff

Best-selling Author

Hiring Brad Fitzgerald to create my website was the greatest gift I gave to myself in 2013. He is a pleasure to work with!

Shane Pearlman

Shane Pearlman, CEO at Modern Tribe

I can count on Brad. When he says he’s going to do something he gets it done. That accountability is probably one of the most important things I can have from someone I work with. Brad is certainly one of the most accountable people I’ve had on my team.

When you hire Brad you get his creative talent mixed with dependability and you end up with someone who is really great to work with.

Justen Forge

Author

EVERY project he works on is the most important project to him, and that’s how he makes you feel through his accessibility, responsiveness, communication and professionalism.

Sherri Schneider

Executive Director of Community Farm Connection

It was so much fun working with Apt Design on our logos and branding. Brad listened carefully to what everyone had to say and then somehow gleaned the critical points out of that diverse input.

Blair McHaney

President of The Gold's Gym Franchisee Association, Owner of Wenatchee Valley's Gold's Gyms

Brad is a guy that elevates himself to the status of “trusted advisor” and not many marketing partners understand how to do that. On top of that, I get e-mails from my staff telling me how wonderful it is to work with Brad. Brad has earned our trust and our business.

Casey Picker

Wordpress Developer

I love working with Brad! His eye for detail is what really differentiates him from other designers. When I work on a project with Brad, I always know that the finished product is going to be stellar.

Jack Penning

Executive Director, Sixel Consulting

Brad is the ideal designer for a client that seeks excellence and speed without sacrificing quality.

Gautam Nayak

Doctor and President of the US Medical Soccer Team

Working with Brad was one of the best decisions our organization made. He is a consummate professional and delivers a beautfiul product in a timely fashion. He strives to make the website easy to navigate, practical, and visually appealing.

Marcia Janke

former Tourism Director of the Wenatchee Valley Visitor's Bureau

Brad is a delight to work with.

Kirk Douponce

Owner of DogEared Design

Apt Design is a pleasure to work with. They always meet or beat their deadlines with consistent creativity.

Jerri Barkley

Marketing & Communications Coordinator for Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce

I have not known of anyone that has worked with him on a project that has not been 100% pleased with the end product but also with the process.

Lilia Grundy

Marketing Director for Icicle Creek Center for the Arts

Working with a new designer can be overwhelming – but through Brad’s organizational systems and resources, we were able to work through various projects in record turn-around timing. Additionally, our latest posters and designs have captured the hearts and attention of the community. We increasingly receive requests such as “how can I get one of those posters?!”

Jerrilea Crawford

Community Development Director, Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce

What I love about Brad is that he can capture the vision of what I am wanting designed and make it even better than I imagined. To top it all off, Brad is just a really nice guy and he’s easy to work with!

Gina Muller

former Director of Sales and Marketing for Gill Diamond Hospitality

We have seen an increase in our internet revenue since having the new websites.

Greg McKenzie

Director of CUDA Peru

…artistic intuition that can’t be learned, keen insight into what a project needs, the people skills to lead the creative process, the organizational skills to manage the whole undertaking, and the work ethic to get the job done when and how it should be.

Steve Maher

Partner at RunWenatchee.com

We’re proud of what the public experiences when they come to our Run Wenatchee website. The site is clean, well-organized and lively, and for good reason. Brad Fitzgerald took the early design concepts we had in mind and made those come to life in a singular fashion.

Jamie Howell

Author, Owner of Howell at the Moon Productions

Communicating design concepts can be tricky, so when you find somebody who can consistently understand your abstract needs and ideas and translate them into creative designs that actually work, you latch on to them. That’s why I latched on to Brad at Apt Design at the very beginning and have stayed with him ever since.

I really can’t recommend Brad highly enough. He’s come through for us time after time, and always delivers outstanding work. His sites are beautiful and functional works of art. Brad has designed the websites for some of our biggest authors. You know he’ll deliver an amazing site, right on schedule.

Lyn Kelley

Communications & Events Coordinator at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center

Brad is a joy to work with. He’s a great listener. He was able to take our vision and make the reality of our design even better! He is a design professional with an understanding of what businesses need: on time, on budget and on point. He was patient with our input, prompt with our…

Susan Lagsdin

former Executive Director of Write On The River

Brad’s design work is creative and impeccable — and best of all, he listens well and asks all the right questions, with no assumptions about his clients’ experience.

Benjamin Field

Principal and Clarity Consultant at be,clearly

The quality of his work and his professionalism (think pragmatic time management, setting expectations) are superb. He’s a seasoned freelancer and that means good things if you’re a client of a collaborator.

Brady Hudkins

freelance designer

He has solid ideas and is willing to listen, which in turn makes him an extremely effective communicator. His ability to organize the creative and administrative side of his business sets Brad even further apart from anyone

Robert Howard

Author

Brad came up with a powerful visual look and graphic design that tied together the various “chapters” in my story. What’s more, he is a pleasure to work with—a great listener and highly collaborative!

Susan Hufman

Executive Director of the Leavenworth Summer Theater

…finding Brad was the answer. He listened, researched, welcomed honest responses to drafts, adapted, educated us, stayed on deadline and delivered a first-rate creative website that continues to draw rave reviews.