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.

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.

Jack Penning

Executive Director, Sixel Consulting

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

Brad made the process of developing my web site not only painless, but positively enjoyable. His enthusiastic, “can-do” attitude permeated every discussion we had. I would recommend him to any writer looking to develop a web site!

Nick Ohrn

Developer and Owner of Plugin-Developer.com

I still get compliments every other week on my site design and I think a huge reason my conversions are through the roof is because of the stellar work you did on that site. That project was by far the smoothest experience I’ve ever had with a contractor and I wouldn’t hesitate an instant to work with Brad again.

Rebecca Hargrove Fox

former Member Services Director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce

Brad is a pleasure to work with: professional and friendly every time. He continuously produces excellent work.

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.

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!

Marcia Janke

former Tourism Director of the Wenatchee Valley Visitor's Bureau

Brad is a delight to work with.

Carol Scibelli

Humor Writer & Speaker

I chose Apt Design because Brad’s websites stood out from all the others I saw. The bonus was that besides his talent he is also a joy to work with.

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Author, Owner of Howell at the Moon Productions

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Kelly Allen

Insurance Broker

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former Owner of Caffe Mela

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I had a terrific experience working with Brad. He was at all times flexible, patient, and responsive. Above all, Brad is a terrific person and working with him was a pleasure.

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.

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Community Development Director, Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce

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Casey Picker

Wordpress Developer

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

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…

Traci Mann

Author, Professor of Psychology

Brad is an incredible designer. My book’s website is exactly what I wanted, even though I couldn’t even begin to articulate what I wanted before talking to Brad. Not only is the website wonderful, but he finished it faster than he promised, and he was great to work with. I am so glad I hired Brad for this project. I am absolutely delighted with the results.

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.

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.

Roger Clute

former Executive Director of the Wenatchee Valley Visitor's Bureau

The thing that I have always appreciated about Brad is his timeliness in turning around great new designs even in the face of looming deadlines. Creativity is at the heart of good design and Brad is blessed with an abundance of creative DNA. Brad’s professional, straightforward and timely approach to design creation and implementation will make your life easier.

Lilia Grundy

Marketing Director for Icicle Creek Center for the Arts

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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.

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

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.

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Fitness Director at Gold's Gyms of the Wenatchee Valley

He is very easy to work with and very reliable. He is always willing to come up with some great ideas and to educate us to do some some things on our own to save us money which is greatly appreciated!

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.

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.

Eric Granstrom

former Director of Marketing for the Wenatchee Valley Sports Council

Brad was quick, efficient and completely approachable about changes. Best of all, the final layout looked phenomenal.