Fallen Oak Frames
Bespoke website and rebrand for a traditional carpentry and oak frame restoration specialist.
At the heart of Fallen Oak Frames is the knowledge and respect for traditional carpentry techniques and oak timber, which has been passed down through the family. This needed to be worked into the brand and the client was keen to integrate tools that have been used for hundreds of years. One requirement for the logo was that it also needed to work well as a stamp either embossed into a metal plate or branded straight into the wooden frame. As a result, the inspiration gathered in the mood board led the logo to be monochromatic and to use simple clean lines ensuring it pops from the background. Initially, a lighter palate was considered, however, the client preferred much darker colours using dark earthy greens and black as the primary colour scheme. These were complemented by a bright gold hue to be used for the accents and interactive elements, together achieving a distinguished and natural feel. A soft linear font was customised, swapping out the “a” for a traditional divider tool, and used only for the logo itself, whereas a web-optimised sans font was utilised in the UI design to maximise utility. Two logo design concepts were developed that evolved from a series of sketches. After presenting to the client, there was a standout direction that closely matched the one initially discovered in the mood board. A few iterations later, the final form was finalised, including responsive logo alternatives to optimise functionality.
The website design must follow the specifications of branding guidelines and build the company image.
Potential clients must be guided to a simple contact form for them to enquire about a new project.
Built with a user-friendly admin area to ensure that content can be easily maintained.
Created using a component library and a style guide to streamline the design process.
Logical IA that painlessly guides users through their journey to the intended goal.
A page that displays the garden structure products that can be easily managed by the webmaster.
Use of professional photos that showcase the services and products that the company provides.
Designed to be optimised on desktop, tablet and mobile making it fully responsive.
After client approval, the design requirements and IA informed the initial page structure and the branding package fed into building a component library, based on an ever-growing design system developed by Havish Design. This helped set up an effective design environment in Figma, enabling using components, colours and typography with agility. The first delivery to the client was the overall look and feel presented in the home page hi-fi UI design. The feedback captured was incorporated into the design of the remaining screens. This iterative cycle of feedback and improvement continued until the design was completely aligned with the stakeholder requirements. Following this, the dev-ready designs were developed into a website, tested and then released with minimal friction, resulting in a made-to-measure digital experience for the user and a highly satisfied client.
The project detailed here for Fallen Oak Frames followed a format that has matured throughout the process of completing various projects at Havish Design. This helped to build confidence that an extensive project could be completed with agility and delivered according to the client‘s needs within a relatively short time frame. They felt in control of the direction of the project while feeling supported, ultimately resulting in a digital transformation that assimilates both the stakeholder and user needs. Fallen Oak now have a robust brand and user-friendly platform that brings awareness to their unique services and products, with the potential to boost company growth.