Website and Logo Design Surrey – quote you happy2018-07-24T10:35:52+00:00

Web design Surrey – Logo design Surrey

Welcome to Martin Abel Design. I could have chosen a quirky name for my creative business, but I much prefer to say it like it is. I am a freelance web designer, web developer and graphic designer based in Guildford, Surrey. Searching web design Surrey or web design Guildford is often how I am found online. However, I have clients right across the UK.

My work splits into two main areas, namely building dynamic responsive websites for clients locally around Guildford, Surrey, but also right across the UK and also creating stunning logos and associated branding. I specialise in digital and printed marketing. In addition to the main marketing materials, I have extensive experience and offer services covering search engine optimisation (SEO), business cards, stationery, leaflets, and poster design. Unlike many creatives, I have extensive experience across a wide range of industries and also provide FREE sensible advice.

Do you need help? Then call me: 07775 833616

Who to hire?

You have two choices:

An Agency?

Hire a creative agency. You should get your project sorted. Different people working on multiple projects. What about the overheads? Hourly rates?

Budget needed

Me?

Hire a freelancer. Receive an excellent one-to-one service to deliver your project on time with no hourly rates. Enjoy great support and no-nonsense advice… and don’t pay the earth.

Budget needed

Top Tip – Web design Surrey

It’s important to know what you might get from an agency or freelance web designer around Guildford, Surrey or anywhere else in the UK.

Here’s a SIMPLE top techy tip to give you an idea what that company or freelancer is offering.

What Folk Say

“We hired Martin Abel to update our very tired and out of date website back in July. He has proved so useful, knowledgeable and professional that apart from our website, we’ve had him design an advertising campaign, our corporate Christmas cards, our corporate calendar, flyers and have had him sitting in on discussions on booth design for a major oil and gas exhibition we are organising in June. He has also prepared our branding guidelines including business cards, letter heads and PowerPoints.” read more >>

Katherine Harington-Foulkes – Office Manager, PetroTrace
petrotrace.com

logo augmentation, branding, website (bi-lingual), stationery & more…

“I cannot thank you enough for all the help you have given us in redesigning our charity website. Right from the earliest discussions of your initial concept through to its careful, phased implementation and your continuing backup which is so reassuring, we have really appreciated your patience and your speedy response whenever we need a bit of extra help.
If ever you would like a happy client to talk to a potential new one please don’t hesitate to call me.”

Pat Schooling – Executive Director, Action Against Allergy
actionagainstallergy.org

logo, branding, website

“I’ve used Martin a number of times including website design. He is always great to work with, helpful, creative and rigorous. That, I think, is a rare combination. He knows his stuff whether it’s with design, building or delivery. He is always willing to advise and add value and explain things simply. I always enjoy working with him and he is always my first port of call.”

Lizzie Palmer – Fundamental Business Success
lizziepalmer.co.uk

websites, promotional digital & printed media

“Dear Martin, I wanted to let you know two things that I thought you might like to hear. One is that I have just successfully managed to edit my website, to add on some reviews of the Ken Clarke book. The other is that I got a new and very exciting project last month, and the authors who chose me did it largely on the basis of my website. Thanks Martin!”

Deborah Crewe – Professional Writer/Ghostwriter
deborahcrewe.com

logo, branding, website

Still can’t see the wood for the trees?

Choose below to see some examples (hover or tap)

A new website

From choosing a domain to the finished package

A new website

A  new website is an exciting prospect. It is the key marketing tool that needs to exceed expectations.  You have only 3 seconds to capture your audience.
Did it?

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A new logo

Yours and only yours. Totally bespoke design

Logo & Branding

You have to ask “does the key fit?” A great logo and branding opens lots of doors. It is critical to look the part and it doesn’t cost the earth!

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Leaflets and stationery

From business cards to stationery and leaflets

Printed Media

I can use your branding to create a suite of stationery and other promotional items. Or just one item. Anything goes. I can also recommend good printers.

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Posters & ad campaigns

A simple local advert or a full campaign.. not a problem

Posters and ads

I have a lot of experience in both digital media and printed media and know how best to use them. Don’t gamble your money on bad tools.

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SEO and advice

Demystify. It's not rocket science. It's common sense

Searches and Advice

From built in Analytics, ad campaigns, conversions and key search terms to good quality honest advice. Chat to me first.

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Get in touch

Your search for web design and branding around Guildford, Surrey

Website design Guildford – a large project case study

(click here to see small case examples)

I recently completed a large project for a company based in Woking that provides analytical services to the oil industry (PetroTrace). Why mention this? Well, this is a great example of what you might experience looking for a web designer, logo designer and digital marketeer around Guildford, Woking and Godalming, or anywhere else in the UK. This project included many of my services. It also shows how a freelancer is great at fitting in with existing teams, or working one to one. PetroTrace had two teams, one at it’s main headquarters in Moscow, and one in Woking.

The quotes

PetroTrace obtained quotes from lots of web developers/designers around Guildford and Woking, Surrey. The people they saw were roughly divided into 4 groups:

  • The agency team – they seemed very professional and offered a whole team approach to the project. The down side were the quotes which were very high. Apparently there is a premium for creative services if you work in the oil sector.
  • The very cheap – meetings did not inspire confidence. It suggested you paid for what you got… and what you got was not very good.
  • The creative farm – discussion revealed black holes. Everything was a ‘yes’, but no creative ideas were offered i.e. the experience driven creative input needed to make the website work as a marketing tool was not in the hands of the person at the meeting. The reality was the project would be farmed off to India, or Eastern Europe with a front man in the UK.
  • The freelancers – a mixed bag. One clearly had some great ideas, had all the skills and flexibility to work as part of the team. He had also worked in several other industries which was rare for a creative. The quote was also sensible and unambiguous. I got the job.

Phase I – branding

The Logo: PetroTrace had an established logo, but needed a suite of branding elements for digital and printed media including a new website which would be in Russian and English. There was also a (time critical) trade conference approaching and company had a trade stand to include the new branding. Augmenting existing branding can be a challenge, but the results speak for themselves…

PetroTrace branding elements

New branding elements were created. The cornerstone design was the green wave based on part of the original logo and main service icons using fixed variations.

PetroTrace Original Logo

PetroTrace original logo could not be changed.

PetroTrace trade stand

The trade stand sporting the new branding elements used in combination with the original logo at the EAGE Conference in Copenhagen bringing in new business.

Promotional items: I created leaflets/flyers, a calendar, Powerpoint templates, headed paper and business cards as core items, but also many other promotional items (print and digital). Some of these items were only identified during the project. I always build flexibility into any project so this wasn’t a problem. I also published branding guidelines to ensure both Moscow and the UK used their new branding consistently.

Phase II – the website

The new site was then created incorporating the new branding. It was urgent to get this completed before a conference. All targets were hit with buy-in from both the UK and Russian teams. The final site also included translation functionality for Russian and English.

I also trained key people on how to use and update the site for the future. I am always contactable, but it was very important to give PetroTrace everything they need for the future.

Get in touch to discuss your project: 07775 833616.

Website design Guildford – smaller case studies

I have worked with many businesses, entrepreneurs, schools and individuals around Surrey. Here are a few local website examples. Most of these projects target customers and audiences around Guildford, Woking and Godalming and include SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), logo design and branding. I also work with clients right across the UK from Scotland (lomondosteo.com) to Wales (brynteghouse.com).

Logo and website for a car hire company in Guildford

Broadstreet Cars offers a hire car service to people living in Guildford, Woking, Godalming and all surrounding areas.

I created a logo ready for car livery and printed items, then created a simple effective economical website. Broadstreet Cars are now found on Google (page 1) when anyone searches for ‘private hire car Guildford’.

The success of the business depends on excellent service, great referrals and marketing tools that ensure people realise the look matches high standard of the business.

Abacus Agriculture Website

Surrey based UK wide agricultural consultancy

Abacus Agri is a top consultancy for agriculture. They are based in Guildford, Surrey, but have consultants based across most of the UK regions.

Abacus needed a logo and website to promote their broad range of services. It is relatively simple, but effective. Most of their clients are farmers checking the site on the move on a tablet or smart phone. This site fits the bill.

Abacus have since asked me to create leaflets, new consultant business cards, posters and much more.

Sawmill in Surrey

Honeysucklebottom Sawmill is one of the main sawmills in Surrey supplying sawn timber to builders, carpenters and DIY individuals. They specialise in green oak and so the website sits on the domain surrey-oak.com. Whenever someone wants oak in Surrey, simply typing it into Google (Surrey Oak) brings up the sawmill website. That’s powerful because it is their main product.

This is an example of a website I designed which serves customers around Surrey, but often finds customers in the home counties and London. It needed to fit with the existing logo.

Honeysucklebottom Sawmill Website
Stallwood Building Website

A professional builders in Guildford

Stallwood Building Services build and upgrade some stunning properties. They are a high end builder well known around Guildford, Surrey for excellence. This means they work with established architects and other professionals and in the higher end of the market.

Stallwood already had a logo, but needed a dynamic website to present their portfolio of images. This site hits the mark and helps prospective clients decide if that want to hire them for their project.

Executive Assistant in Guildford

Yours Lucy is a clean and simple website completed for a website only project. The aim was to give a professional assistant a simple effective online presence.

Lucy already had a logo and only needed some extended branding and visuals to accompany existing text covering her main services. This project was completed in only two weeks.

The website can be easily expanded at any time by Lucy depending on which direction her business goes. This system is very easy to adapt and updates continuously for the future. Lucy probably won’t need my services again.

Yours Lucy Website
coms4kids website

After school technology club company

coms4kids is an inspirational educational company in Guildford offering pay for after school clubs to children in the last 3 years of primary school. They needed a logo, website and all other marketing materials, flyers, business cards and various templates in a range of MS software.

Parents in primary schools around Guildford are swamped with companies vying for their business to run after school clubs. However, the quality of content is highly variable with many almost acting as child minders. Coms4kids offers top quality clubs teaching what they like to call ‘real’ technology. They even teach children how to properly build websites around Guildford! This project needed a distinct modern tech orientated logo and dynamic website. Love that (now trademarked) logo.