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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.

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

One reply on “Cookie Bakery in Arizona”

minor criticism. with over 40% of people using 800×600 or below the menu on this site is off screen (below the fold). this seems like a very strange thing for a web design firm to do… like having a tv remote control that you have to keep opening to use. c’mon boys explain your selves 🙂

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