Anda Creative is one of St. Louis’ Best Web Firms!

Anda Creative is pleased to announce that we have been named one of St. Louis’ Best Web Firms in January’s issue of Small Business Monthly.  Making this list can now be crossed off our list. Next on our list? Making the list for best list-making.

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Cooking up Logo and Website Design for Cottage Foods Online Marketplace

Recently, California State law was changed to allow for the selling of homemade foods, with certain restrictions (AB 1616). A member of Anda Creative was involved with the logo design and website design for the first-of-its-kind online marketplace called Homemade 1616, devoted to the making, buying and selling of cottage foods, while supporting the local food movement. To see more samples of the project, view our portfolio.

Rich, the Chief Tech Guru for Homemade 1616 is hard at work preparing for the first round of sellers — to be notified of Homemade 1616’s opening day or for information on creating an online booth, sign up here.

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A Proud Collaboration: www.mercyshope.net

Anda Creative was happy to collaborate with Mercy’s Hope, a St. Louis-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded to help an orphanage in Githunguri, Kenya. We created a new logo and designed/developed a new website, providing a platform for awareness, information and involvement.  Visit mercyshope.net to see the full site.

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Weight Loss Couture Gains a New Website

Anda worked with St. Louis-based Weight Loss Couture to design and develop a new identity system and website to promote their ongoing commitment to better health. The owner of Weight Loss Couture desired a more effective identity system to match the quality of services his company offered. Weight Loss Couture works with clients to promote a healthier lifestyle and offers strategies for staying healthy once a desired goal has been obtained. Anda used a similar approach for this web project: to design and develop a website that can be easily updated on a continual basis, a user-friendly interface and easy-to-use content management system (CMS).

Visit the site at www.weightlosscouture.com

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Are you sitting down? Standfast’s newly redesigned website is now live.

Standfast is a Chicago-based design and manufacturing company specializing in height safety solutions. Anda was tasked with rebranding and redesigning their main product line, the TRAM Fall Protection System. This included reworking their website to better highlight TRAM, integrating an order page, designing product data sheets for all TRAM applications (available on their website), and creating presentation folders and slideshow templates.

Check out our work at standfastusa.com

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B.E.S.T. New Website for B.E.S.T. Wealth Management

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Anda Creative recently worked with St. Louis-based B.E.S.T. Wealth Management LLC to design and develop their new website. Built using WordPress CMS integration, and linked to their social media feeds, the site is easily maintained and auto-populated with new content. If this site were a high school senior, it would be voted Most Populated.  Visti the site at: www.bestwealth.net

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WordCamp finally comes to St. Louis

St. Louis’ first WordCamp will take place Saturday, August 6 at Maryville University. WordCamp is a community-organized conference for WordPress users, publishers, developers and designers. This will be Anda’s third WordCamp (we also attended WordCamp NY 2010 and WordCamp KC 2011). It is a great opportunity to meet other WordPress users, share ideas, geek out, and if it’s anything like the other two camps, we’ll eat sandwiches.

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Campfire Stories: WordCamp KC 2011

Miranda’s Campfire Story:
Years ago, I remember going with my mom and dad to drop off my older brother at Boy Scout Camp. He was there to learn how to make s’mores, swim, and camp in log cabins. I also remember going with my mom and dad to drop off my younger sister at horse-riding camp. She was there to, well, ride horses.

Now ask my brother and sister if they remember dropping me off at camp. The answer would be a resounding “No.” That’s because for one reason or another, I was never allowed to go. That is, I never went to camp until this weekend when Anda Creative attended WordCamp KC. Granted, there were no horses, no cabins, we couldn’t set any of the catered food on fire, and we were surrounded by fellow geeks within the walls of a slick, new modern art facility rather than a cabin. Other than that, it was just like camp.

Amanda’s Campfire Story:
When I was 11 my parents sent my sister and me to a 2 week camp in Potosi, MO (if the town sounds familiar to anyone that is
because the state prison is also in Potosi). After being at camp for like an hour I wanted to go. It was hot, dirty and I was not really great at making friends so I didn’t have anyone to hang out with. One hour turned into one week of misery. I was getting used to hating my days, though, so I told myself I could just go through the motions for one more week and it would be over. And then we went to Elephant Rock. It was supposed to be this grand field trip where we could not only vast in the greatness that is Elephant Rock, but also swim. Well, I still had no friends so I decided to hike around the area and do my own thing. And that is how I got a leach attached to my ankle. Yes, a #$%@#*% leach. Up until that point I thought that you had to be in a Third World Country (or that swamp in “Stand By Me”) to get a leach attached to you. Nope. Elephant Rock would do just fine. I still cringe to this day when I think about it. So I pulled the leach off, gagged a few times, went to the van to wait until it was time to go, got through the next week and have tried to think very little about camp ever since.

WordCamp KC was fun, though.


Anda Creative’s Campfire Story:

WordCamp KC was held in Overland Park, KS over the weekend. WordCamp is a WordPress conference that’s held in various cities around the world. This was Miranda’s first WordCamp experience, while it was Amanda’s second (Amanda also attended WordCamp NYC 2010). We attended the event to learn more about using WordPress as a CMS platform for designing and developing websites. We attended sessions from all three tracks (Designer, Developer, and Publisher)–Miranda focused on the Designer track, while Amanda focused on the Developer track, but all three were useful.

The folks in KC put together a great event. It was well-organized and well-attended, and we left feeling well-informed. Next, we’re looking forward to attending WordCamp Elephant Rock.

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