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The Suburbs Design Store

Our Online Design Store is now live (and has since been closed because we’re too busy).

the suburbs online design store new zealand

We’ll… it went live a month or 2 ago but we’ve been far too busy to post anything about it. Useless I know, but the good news is that it is there, online, and you can now grab all your designer furniture, ceramics, lighting, fonts (and or course, organic tea) directly from us.

Mr Simple Australia Webdesign Design

mr simple clothing fashion website design web developmentWe’re lucky enough to have picked up Australian clothing and apparel supremos Mr Simple as a new client this year.

We began working with them at the start of the year to develop and implement their new website design and things have blossomed from there.

Throughout the year we’ve traveled to their studio in Byron Bay to work directly with their team to refine their web strategy and increase the effectiveness of their SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and Conversion Rates.

So far it’s really paid off for them a 49% increase in search traffic over 2 months and a  50-60% increase in customer purchase conversion rates.

The big wild world of the web is a tough one, but Mr Simple are living proof of how a proactive attitude and a willingness to constantly evolve and experiment leads to nothing but good things.

They’re also proof that a designer is only as good as his client



Just finished up this gridalicious eCommerce site for Auckland artisan Jewellery maker Alison Greenhorn’s brand Fish Dreaming. Check it out.

grid based website design for jewellery maker

jewellery shopify ecommerce design closeup details

jewellery ecommerce website design for shopifyComplete with mobile optimisation:

minimalist mobile shopify website design for jewellery company


shopify experts

Yay, we’ve been selected as a Shopify Expert (one of only a handful in New Zealand) which means we’re awesome at making eCommerce websites/online shops.

Shopify is a super user friendly, powerful and well designed eCommerce platform that we’d recommend for online shops of all shapes and sizes. Here are three websites that we’ve recently designed and developed:

informal organic new zealand tea co website design

otama typeface website design

pyramid valley new zealand organic wines website design

If you’re looking to launch a website or online store, get in touch with our main man Tim Donaldson who heads the web, branding and graphic divisions of The Suburbs: tim@thesuburbs.co.nz
ph. +64 022 127 8193

fun branding

We”ve recently been working on this cheerful and flexible branding for Children”s learning aid company Read Think Learn. The brand features a playfully drawn crown logo (crown = success of course) and a quirky script with simpler refined logo options for more serious situations.

read think learn vertical crown logoread think learn horizontal crown logo

NatGeo Found

This is probably the best blog ever. Celebrating 125 of National Geographic, the NatGeo Found blog of archived photographs perfectly captures the sometimes dramatic, sometimes humble diversity of our world. I love it:

Feeding Dolphin in Marineland Florida

 seaplane docked at Keuka Lake

Resort pool in Basse-Normandie France

An African Burchell zebra resting

Type Directors Club 2012

The hottest day of summer 4 meter surf… and I”m running around in the heat preparing and sending off our entry to New York for the Type Directors Club awards. Here”s hoping the subtle use of phrases like “I”m super optimistic!” will help in オンライン カジノ subliminally persuading the judges to award Otama the title of Typeface Of The Year.

Fingers crossed.

otama type directors club 2012

otama type directors club 2012