The team here at NB have started 2012 with a bang, launching 4 prestigious new websites in January and playing an integral part in Promote Shetland's live webcam coverage of Up Helly Aa.
The first site to go live this year was for David Polson, helping him to promote maintenance-free fencing and decking to customers throughout the UK. As David says on the site, "We want just one thing - to give you a maintenance free garden fence, patio deck area or balcony that you'll love, and your friends will envy." If you want to avoid hours of backbreaking painting and maintenance, check out David's products.
Hot on the heels of the David Polson launch came the all new e-commerce site for Shetland Soap, available at http://www.shetlandsoap.co.uk. Featuring beautiful product shots by NB's very own David Gifford, the new site has a cleaner and more attractive visual design, in-keeping with the company's image. With improved navigation and a streamlined checkout process, the new site is set to help the Shetland Soap Company continue to supply its many passionate fans all around the country.
Another stunning site - again featuring photography by David Gifford - is the new one for Hay's Dock Cafe Restuarant. Anyone who has eaten at Hay's Dock will know that it offers a beautiful setting and delicious food. As they say, "We take pride in offering the very finest Shetland produce, simply cooked and beautifully presented." The new site reflects and promotes the restaurant's qualities, with full screen background images setting the scene wonderfully.
The next January launch was another extremely interesting project for NB, this time for the 'THING Project'. This is "a three year transnational project funded by the Northern Periphery Program involving partners in Norway, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Shetland, Orkney, the Highlands of Scotland and the Isle of Man". The new site - http://www.thingsites.com - provides a wealth of informative and useful content about the different THING sites that are still evident throught northern Europe. We are delighted to have been a part of this valuable and fascinating project, and will continue to work on the site to provide versions in various different languages and also a new version optimised for mobiles.
Finally, at the end of the month we were once again closely involved with Promote Shetland who did a brilliant job providing live coverage of the world-famous Up Helly Aa festival to an eager global audience. John here took care of the design and development of the webcam interface and also handled all the necessary server-related work to ensure the broadcast remained available even at times of peak popularity. (More about Up Helly Aa here).
So, it has been a flat-out start to 2012, with no signs of things slowing down yet!