Bateman Consulting was a land survey company located in Scio, Oregon, owned by my late uncle-in-law, Dave Bateman. He told me that people had been calling him to ask if he had a website they could look at or share with their friends. Knowing that I did this for a living, he asked for a simple, easy to navigate online business card that would be an outline of services with clear contact information.
I laid out an idea for a one page site, with Scio in the background, that would emphasize his location and be a good design point at the same time. My husband Ben Martinez-Bateman, an hobbyist photographer, had taken a shot of the valley the previous winter that fit perfectly with my vision for the page. At the top, clouds provide the perfect contrast to the text while the expandable image opens up below with a vision of thick mist rolling off the hills and into the pine-filled valley of Scio. I did almost no editing on the image, wanting to preserve the palate the photographer had captured.
In addition to the page, we also agreed to set up a new email client that would share the domain name. Up until the creation of the website the firm had used a single, private email as a catch-all for inquiries, personal messages, and news. Dave asked that, as a convenience, he would be able to check and reply his new email in the same window he used to check his private account, and we set that up as well.
- Create a website to function as an "online business card," providing an outline of services with clear contact information
- Set up a new email client tied to for business inquiries
- We designed a one-page site with simple text on a photo background, conveying the necessary information while emphasizing the business' location
- We set up a new email client that shared the domain name, enabling Dave to seperate business emails from personal while using the same window he uses to check his private account