Tacoma web design

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Our position as one of the more experienced Tacoma web design firms has given us a front row seat to watch trends in web design and development come and go — and the insight to create tools that work for organizations both large and small.

What's your web design story? If you’ve been in business long, you’ve probably seen — and tried — it all, when it comes to website tools and templates. It's time to go beyond the template.

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We once talked to a local barber who hoped his competitor would never go out of business because his counterpart's bad hair cuts kept a steady stream of new clients coming his way. We sort of feel the same way about template websites. 

We get more work from people who are frustrated by the limitations of their template website than almost any other factor. Off-the-shelf solutions like WordPress, Drupal, Wix, and Squarespace can sound good at first, but the reality of working with their tools is often another story entirely.

Whether its looking like everyone else out there, or fussing with a tough-to-manage admin panel, or worrying whether your site (or widgets) will break when you update the template, template sites have some definite downsides.

The Hemisphere web design difference

We’re not template people. And we’re not into complicating your life with tools that require a PhD in computer science. We’re custom designers and developers. So, the only limits to what we can build is your budget and our imagination. Our specialty? Easy-to-use, content-managed sites with completely custom web design. Tacoma, WA, has been turning to Hemisphere Design for website innovation since 2001. What's the bottom line? When you work with Hemisphere, you not only get high-end web design and development, you also get ongoing support from an established local company.

Our web design capabilities

Our talented, Tacoma-website design team has a proven process for creating enterprise-level websites on a reasonable schedule and competitive budget. In addition to custom website design and development, we offer:                                        

  • Content strategy
  • User studies and research
  • Competitive analysis
  • Copywriting
  • SEO
  • Photography
  • Video production
  • Hosting and monitoring
  • Advanced analytics
  • On-going support

Client stories

Can your landing page do this? Developing a high-tech and totally immersive landing page for Russell Investments.

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Lead-generation pages don’t have to be soulless contact forms. In fact, they can work better for building credibility and converting users when they offer great content and creative design. Russell Investments reached out to us with an idea for an attention-grabbing landing page that made use of subtle animation, video storytelling, animated infographics, and thoughtful content.

This project was a fun opportunity for our Tacoma web development team to really go for it. Not every client has the resources of a multi-billion-dollar company like Russell, but even small to medium size businesses can benefit from best practices we’ve gleaned from working with the “big kids.”

See the Russell site in action.

Better team, better web design: Tacoma and Gig Harbor coffee chain improves their look, visibility, and brand in one project.

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When we redesign a website, we bring our whole creative team together to craft a complete solution. In Cutters Point’s case this meant photography, writing, design, and development.

The lifestyle photography we shot helped Cutters Point portray their brand as Northwest-based and adventure-inspired. New product-photography and written content helped them heighten their reputation as a local, micro-roaster committed to artisanal techniques. Combine it all with thoughtful design, and what do you get? How about a 53% increase in website visits, a 43% increase in new website users, and a 45% increase in pages viewed per visit?

Learn more about our work with Cutters Point on their portfolio page.

Smart design and solid SEO: Tacoma-based property management firm gets a site that helps them stand out from the pack.

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We’re firm believers that you shouldn’t have to choose between a clean brand and strong SEO. Tacoma-based real estate management, development, and investment group, Affinnity Management, asked us to redesign, restructure, and rewrite their website for better search rankings, while helping them create and maintain a clean, modern brand. Smart search, filtering, and content management tools gave Affinity capabilities that support their status as a growing company.

The resulting website attracted the attention of search engines and humans alike, dramatically improving Affinity's most critical metrics. They went from very few keywords organically ranking on page one of Google, to 43 keywords on page one. This added visibility has brought a steady increase in new traffic coming to their website.

See what else we did on the Affinity portfolio page.

Working with Us

What can I expect from your Tacoma web design team?


Expect no sales pressure. Expect to be guided through a thoughtful process by a team of experts. Expect to be heard. Expect proactive communication and minimal drama. Expect us to dress like designers (hoodies and the like) but work like professionals. Expect a custom look you'll love and features that fit your needs. Expect to collaborate. Expect to have a great time. Expect to work together again in the future because great experiences deserve a repeat.

What kinds of web projects can you handle?


We develop and design websites for a broad range of clients, from successful family businesses to publicly traded companies. Most of our work is local but not all of it. We can handle anything from a simple portfolio site to a complex online store. Our typical web design client is looking for custom design and has already invested in or is open to investing in branding. A good logo is the cornerstone of any web design project, setting the tone for the entire site.

Why work with a local website design firm?


We’re not just experts in web design. Tacoma is our home too. We’re uniquely qualified to help local businesses reach their target audience because…we are your target audience. Need to play in a bigger sandbox? No problem, we’ve handled web development projects for corporate giants like SAP and Russell Investments. And with competitive hosting and responsive support, it’s a comfort to know that your site’s in great hands — just down the street.

Hemisphere Downtown Tacoma Illustration

Now that you've seen what we can do, let's schedule a time to hang out.