In 2010 the United States formed it’s own team to be part of the World Federation of Medical Soccer Teams. Only a few years later the US has been selected as the site for the 2015 international tournament. With that in mind, and with a growing need to have a professional face for their fans and a place to provide solid info to its members, the USMST decided they needed a new website.
Club President Gautam Nayak came to me with a tall order – create a beautiful new site that was pleasing to visitors and quickly told what the team was about while at the same time creating a site that would serve as a logistical hub for the team itself. Gautam wanted a central location for securely storing members information, information they could update themselves, and being able to use that info for his own managerial purposes.
With the abundance of information and possibilities for how this site could go we decided to start by wireframing the major sections of the site. Gautam was great to work with, able to see the ideas behind the wireframes and help guide the layout.
With the organization spread across the nation, Gautam wanted this site to be a central place for communication with his team. The new website helps with this by giving a quick overview of each blog category on the homepage. Coaches can write in articles for their team, and there is a showcase for what doctors are doing to help in their own community. Members can also log in to access private team information and documents.
Keeping track of dozens of team members, each with their own skillsets, memberships, and uniforms, can be overwhelming. A central part of this project was creating a database for the team. On the backend Gautam and coaches can set rosters, update information, and export data on members that match certain criteria (say, that are going to the next tournament). Each team member can also log in and update all their profile themselves, saving the coaches hours and hours of work. But the power of this site doesn’t end there. The same database also displays selected team information to the public, giving stats and a bio for all the current team members.
If you’ve been to an event where everyone is taking pictures, you know how fun it is to get home and look through the photos. The new USMST website has custom galleries pages where logged-in members can upload their own photos. After review by the admin the photos are loaded directly into the gallery for everyone to enjoy.
…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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
…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.
His ability to grasp an organization’s goals and translate them into images is pitch-perfect. With his upbeat attitude and timely delivery, he is a real pleasure to work with.
The design work is flawless, the content is accurate and always within the project budget. He is consistently able to be reached, is open to questions and comment, and each project has been completed on time.
Brad is a pleasure to work with: professional and friendly every time. He continuously produces excellent work.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.