Festival Season Comics • Critique • Community
Festival Season, a new alt-comics journal, is a growing hub for readers and creators of self-published and micropress comics. The site includes reviews, interviews, videos, a community calendar, contact and submission forms, and an ever-expanding database of comics and events. It’s an image-heavy site focused on readability and ease of use, with the ultimate aim of expanding the creative community it serves.
Features: animated transitions, blogs, branding, client/member management (CRM) integration, content management (CMS), events calendar, forms, fun, image galleries, logo design, mobile site, print design, responsive design, video.
Radiator Comics Distributing Your Favorite Comics!
An online store and wholesale distribution service for self-published and small press comics. We guarantee there is a short-run, hand-made marvel you don’t yet know you love waiting for you on this site.
Designed to complement the DIY, rough-edged aesthetic of the products it carries (and a playful logo crafted by cartoonist Aaron Renier), Radiator Comics nevertheless maintains a clean, useable interface that makes it really easy for visitors to discover and buy beautiful comics.
Features: animated transitions, blogs, branding, client/member management (CRM) integration, content management (CMS), ecommerce, events calendar, forms, fun, image galleries, mobile site, print design, responsive design.
Livingston Energy Innovations Cultivating what's next in demand-side management
LEI has been helping startups and utilities bring cutting-edge clean energy technologies to market since the aughts; unfortunately, their website showed it. We crafted them a bright, modern, accessible site, in keeping with their own priorities and company mission.
In Your Face New York Podcast and preformance series
This performance and podcast series, recorded live at Saint Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, presents the diversity of New York experience through songs, skits, and general revelry. We branded them from the ground up and, in collaboration with the IT company Make IT All Work, deployed a robust site and social media campaign.
Joe Victorine Director of Photography
Video portfolio and photoblog for the New York-based cinematographer. The buttons in the upper right corner let the visitor choose between dark and light themes and a 2-or-3-column layout.
Little House Calls NYC Child Development and Behavior Specialists
Dr. Rebecca Schrag spends her days helping low-income parents to care for their newborns and toddlers at Montefiore Children’s Hospital in the Bronx. She also established a private practice to make her services and expertise available throughout the city, and we worked with her to develop the business’s logo and branding, and then a website and various printed matter to match. The site aims to be simple and informative, with tablet and mobile versions baked right in, so it’s useable and easy no matter how a beleaguered parent may reach it.
New York City Camera Company New York City camera and film equipment rental house
NYCC had good branding and a nice site, but they couldn’t update it without calling a programmer. It was an untenable situation for a rental house with a constantly changing inventory.
We rebuilt the site on a WordPress platform which we customized and streamlined so that content can be updated in seconds. We gave the design a gentle facelift, made the site retina-ready, and built in mobile versions for phones and tablets (essential in the film world, where so much work is done on the go).
Neighborhood Trust Trust Card Debt Calculator
We designed and built this tool for a community bank in the Bronx with a mission to help its neighbors get and stay out of debt. With a bit of information about your credit card balance, the Debt Calculator can estimate how much money you’ll spend paying it down, how long it will take, and whether you’d be better of consolidating your debt with a Neighborhood Trust “Trust Card.” If requested, the calculator can then pass along that information to an associate at the bank.
ACT NOW Experience Democracy
A political blog and online organizing hub for the New York-based P.A.C., referencing the look of classic American campaign posters. Includes iContact integration, a self-maintaining events calendar, profiles with Twitter integration for multiple author/organizers, and custom tools for visualizing the results of the group’s various GOTV campaigns, with e-mail subscriptions, guest blogger functionality, and a robust comments system baked in to help keep membership informed and involved.
The Neurodome team makes planetarium films from cutting edge brain-imaging technology, allowing audiences to explore synapses like star systems. We designed an interactive site where visitors can watch their remarkable films, access educational resources, and learn more about this unique project and their own brains.
Riders Alliance Transit Advocacy for NYC
An organizing hub for New york’s transit advocacy organization, including a blog, events calendar, multiple forms and a host of useful information. We branded the Alliance from the ground up, from their logo through the playful, rounded edges and friendly colors seen throughout their site.
Last Train to Old Town A webcomic by Kenan Rubenstein
This is one our own pet projects: A webcomics site that prioritizes an intuitive and fun reader experience, like the medium of comics has boasted for a hundred years. (Clunky webcomics sites are a pet-peeve.) At the same time, the site takes advantage of its format’s unique possibilities, allowing readers to call up maps, author annotations, reader comments and more at any time. (We make the comic, too.)
Bat-Sheva Guez Director
This was one of the prototypes for our HomeBase series of self-updating websites for busy people on a budget. Called “The Keneticist,” this model is specially tailored to filmmakers like Guez. It synchs to her Vimeo account and updates itself whenever a new video is added. It also keeps its news page up-to-date by linking itself to Guez’s Twitter and Facebook pages. With a built-in contact form to make it easy for potential clients to get in touch, this is a solution for the hard-working creative professional with enough on her hands already.
Afternoons in Tablespoons Life Measured Out in Cake Pans
Girlcate‘s baking blog is our first foray into the world of epicurean erotica. We designed the site and populate it with pictures, and like to think we’ve become pretty proficient taste-testers in the process.
Terry Champlin composer & classical guitarist
We illustrated and designed three albums for this new york composer and teacher, and shot a music video, and built him a site to hold it all.
Jodi Kostelnik Graphic Design / Illustration
Jodi, one of our favorite designers and a frequent collaborator, was on her way to a big design conference, and needed a site that would be beautiful and easy to use on tablets and phones, so that she’d never be without her portfolio. So we built this site to her specifications and adapted her designs into three different mobile and touch-friendly layouts for different size screens. The sites are all minimal and unintrusive, allowing Jodi’s work to speak for itself.
Boy Blue & Co. designs and builds unique, idiosyncratic brand identities and web presences for creative professionals, small businesses, and nonprofits.
We view our role broadly, collaborating with clients to showcase their talents and develop their madcap schemes into real-world enterprises. We provide logos and branding, whip up illustrations, spruce up photographs, and help you negotiate obstacles from print shops to social media. (We’ve even been known to contribute to blogs we’ve built.) We’ve been at this a while, and nothing makes us happier than deploying our expertise in the service of people’s dreams.
Boy Blue was founded by Kenan Rubenstein, an artist and designer in Brooklyn, back in the dark ages of web design (circa 2003). As a creative professional, small business owner, non-profit board member, and expatriate from the age of analogue, he has a whole bunch of first-hand experience with the thrills and challenges of committing to a project you believe in.
Give him a holler at kenan at boyblueandco dot com.
David William manages our bigger projects while simultaneously carrying his own weight in design responsibilities, because he is a freaking treasure. He’s shepherded design & development projects for clients large and small across art, design, technology, and educational disciplines. He believes in the power of clear and plainspoken communication, collaboration built on mutual respect, and aggressively color-coded Google spreadsheets.
David also works as a freelance artist & designer under the moniker D.Billy.
Contact Boy Blue & Co.
Give us a holler.
Looking for a quote, or just have the glimmer of a fledgeling project you’d like to discuss? Tell us about it. (If you’d prefer, you can also email kenan at boyblueandco dot com.)
Here’s some fun stuff we’ve been building on the side.
Boy Blue’s friendly decision generator and tool for considering all manner of considerations. Born of the realization that a lot of us spend a lot of time fretting over questions of very little consequence, DecisionBot generates random answers to trivial queries, and helps you weigh your options in more serious matters.
Available as a web app for iOS devices, so you can take DecisionBot with you in your pocket and never again get caught in a burritos-or-felafel loop.
Our line of ready-made, self-updating and maintaining websites for creatives on a budget and a schedule.
Boy Blue is a full-service design house, crafting unique, idiosyncratic brand identities and beautiful, user-friendly custom web presences for a diverse set of clients.
Whether you’re starting from scratch, in need of a logo and a color scheme, or just looking to spruce up a trusty old site, we’ve got you covered. Here are some concerns that Boy Blue can take off your plate:
Starting from scratch? First things first, you’ll need a logo. Everything else flows from here.
These are the rules that govern the look of everything with your name on it, from your web site to business cards to ads to invoices. Consistent branding makes your operation memorable and recognizable.
Web Design & Development
With your logo and brand identity established, it’s time to build a home for what you do that’s worthy of how well you do it. This is what we do best.
Even the best-designed site is only as good as its content, and strong visuals make for the most compelling user experience. With a network of affiliated artists and photographers, we can get you just the right image to announce your project, showcase your work, or illustrate your argument.
Print and Promotional materials
The revolution may be digital but the world remains analogue, and nothing commands attention quite like a physical object in someone’s hands. We’ll work with you to create eye-catching, memorable business cards, posters, mailers, and more, and take care of finding (and dealing with) the right print shop for the job.