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New Tornado site

We are excited to announce our new web site for Tornado. We’ve completely re-branded our firm and introduced a new logo.

In addition, our web site has been completely re-designed (the first time in about 3 years) and we’ve added over twenty new client case studies with screenshots, photos, and icons to show. Over the last year we’ve added about a dozen new clients to our family as well.

As our firm enters it’s 7th year in business, we’re more excited than ever about our company. We’re building some of the best work we’ve ever done. We’re getting some fantastic clients. And most importantly, we’re working with great people and having some fun at the same time. Visit our site to see the new look and let us know what you think.

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Cookie Bakery in Arizona

We at Tornado recently teamed up with local agency Propeller on a web site project for a local bakery. We did the design and development of the new Chocolate Star Bakery web site. Chocolate Star bakes cookies. Not just your every day cookies – really good cookies.

We did all of the design using Adobe Photoshop and built the pages using Macromedia Dreamweaver.

We used the Early Impact ProductCart shopping cart for the back-end e-commerce system. This tool works so beautifully it’s incredible. This software is so simple to use I was able to integrate the front end interface with the back-end in approximately 1 hour. Now we had to do much more to get the site ready to launch but that’s how simple they’ve made their e-commerce application.

Update: Mark has a great comment and question about why the image on the home page is so big that you have to scroll to see the navigation bar. We have a very good reason for this: The client wanted it this way, even when we carefully explained that internet users want to be able to see the navigation bar, and they want to have it above the fold, we didn’t win. We wanted to make that photo smaller, but they wanted it bigger. Our other design concepts all had the navigation above the fold similar to the sub pages (except we had it horizontal under the gingham pattern) and it would have worked beautifully, however this time things didn’t quite work out the way we wanted on the homepage. Thanks for the good question, Mark. Even with these considerations the site turned out great and people are placing orders.

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Tornado’s Work – archive

If you really want to see the stuff we’ve done…

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Coffee in arizona

CHRIS: If you’re a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, like we are, you’ll want to visit a site I run called ArizonaReviews.com where I review local restaurants and coffee shops. While we have special reviews of different establishments, one of the primary pages on the site is our list of coffee shops in Phoenix with free wireless internet.