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.
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.
Video portfolio and photoblog for the New York-based cinematographer. Joe couldn’t decide between dark and light themes, so we opted to let visitors choose (click the light bulb in the upper right corner).
One of our pet projects here at Boy Blue, DecisionBot is a set of tools to help us all make up our minds. Born of the realization that a lot of us spend a lot of time fretting over decisions of very little consequence, DecisionBot is designed to randomly generate answers to trivial questions, and to help you weigh your options in more serious matters. A responsively designed site with a built-in web app for iOS devices, you can take DecisionBot with you in your pocket and never again get caught in a burritos-or-felafel loop.
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.
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).
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
We designed and built this site for Caitlin Mcgurk, indomitable zinestress and Schultz Librarian at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. It’s modeled after the look of her publications, and incorporates much of her own art.
Boy Blue & Co. designs and builds unique, idiosyncratic web presences for creative professionals, small businesses, and nonprofits.
We view our role broadly, often providing our clients with logos, illustrations, photographs, and copy. (We’ve even been known to contribute to blogs we’ve built.) Whether you need a complete branding package or just a banner illustration to finish your look, we’re here to help.
Boy Blue was unwittingly founded by Kenan, an artist and designer in Brooklyn, when he concluded the only way he could afford a decent website that didn’t look exactly like everybody else’s was to make it himself. He soon found he was not the only one looking for unique, high-quality, accessible web design. He maintains his personal journal and online sketchbook at underthehaystack.net.
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