With over 11,000 Facebook likes and over 30,000 Twitter followers, Tim O’Brien is a powerhouse in the online writing world. A veteran journalist, currently the editor at the Huffington Post, Tim has written two books and helped win a Pulitzer Prize. After completing his first work of fiction Tim knew it was finally time to update his website.
Not only did Tim’s site need a visual redesign and a way for him to more easily update the content on his own site, this new site needed to be the hub of his online presence. Tim needed a central place to refer readers, fans, interviewers and more.
Tim’s site welcomes readers from many social media channels to learn more about him, his journalistic work, and his books. At the same time prominent links back out to Tim’s channels help readers follow him around the web. The site is laid out very simple with clean lines and open space accented by a textured header that is specific for each page. This helps brings life to the site and interest to the highlighted section of each page.
Brad is a complete professional and a pleasure to work with — he’s intuitive, creative, responsive and reliable. He set up a speedy and reasonable schedule to get our project done and he nailed it down to the very day. He walked me through the site’s mechanics and delivered a product and a service that met all of my needs. I couldn’t recommend him more highly and I’m extremely pleased with the work he did for me. Don’t bother shopping around because he’s the real deal.
Not only do Tim’s visitors come from a variety of sources, but he knew they’d be coming on a variety of devices. So his site was the first responsive site that Apt Design has worked on. Responsive design is a hot topic in the web design industry right now, and for good reason. With more and more people accessing the web on tablets and phones websites have an increasingly need to customize their content and design to any size screen. Tim’s new site uses standard break points in the width of the screen to change the layout and design of each page, ensuring an optimal experience for all.
Tim was happy to have a new site that looked great, highlighted his best work, and helped sell his newest book to the masses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
…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.
After scouring dozens of author websites I contacted Brad – because his designs are clean and tight, and he is easy to work with. From inspecting his initial concept drafts, it was clear that selecting Brad was the right move.
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.
Brad was quick, efficient and completely approachable about changes. Best of all, the final layout looked phenomenal.
Brad is a pleasure to work with: professional and friendly every time. He continuously produces excellent work.
Brad always seems to find new and exciting ways to convert ideas and client direction into beautiful and unique website designs. The quality of his work, turnaround time, and attention to detail are all top-notch.
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.
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.
It was a pleasure to work with Brad at Apt Design. On the design front, his concepts were spot on, so we never got started on false trails. And he easily and accurately incorporated my feedback in a comfortable back-and-forth dialogue that resulted in a strong final product. I remain extremely pleased with the result.
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!
His design work and attention to detail is impeccable. He’s also pushed me, and our team to become better designers. When I look at finished work from Brad – I don’t see his face all over it. It’s not about him – it’s about the design. When I look at a finished project and see a happy client, happy budget and happy timeline – well Brad’s face is all over that.
Brad was excellent to work with! He was creative, utilized broad input and was very quick to turn around deliverables. I would highly recommend Brad and Apt Design.
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
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.
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.
As an author, I wanted something that would showcase my books, but do so by telling a kind of story. And that is exactly what Brad accomplished. The finished product is beautiful, evocative and efficient, just like a great novel.
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.
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!
I have always found his creativity, professionalism, and work ethic to be outstanding. He consistently meets deadlines, and is honest and up-front as to his timeline when scheduling my projects.