Capitol Oyster Bar… now this is a super cool spot in Montgomery. In my opinion, it is THE coolest spot in town. I went after this account hard, because I loved the business so much. They have the most incredible view in the city as far as restaurants go. It is a few minutes from downtown Montgomery. If you start a timer when you pass the turn to go into downtown, and stop it when you get to the Capitol Oyster Bar, it actually takes less time to get there than it does to get downtown, get parked, and walk to your destination.
If you have ever wished you could just “get away” in Montgomery, this is your place. It has an outside deck that I call “the treehouse”. The outside deck overlooks the Montgomery Marina, The Alabama River, and Downtown Montgomery. It is the closest thing I can find to being at a beach restaurant. Ok, enough about the awesome view.
The food is fantastic as well. I always look at a menu for the Shrimp Po-Boy. Usually I am disappointed, as I lived on the coast for a third of my life. There are a couple of places that meet my expectations in Montgomery, and this is one of them. They also have the freshest gulf oysters around. My wife and I have no problem eating 3 dozen oysters in a sitting (OK, I eat two dozen myself). The atmosphere is friendly and efficient, but don’t expect a maitre d’ to hang a towel from his arm and pour your wine ever so elegantly. There are other places for this type of service, and it just wouldn’t fit the personality of this place. It is perfect the way that it is. It is a true oyster house.
Oh, they also bring in some of the best blues acts in The United States. Yea, it’s a cool place.
So give Capitol Oyster Bar a try, and let us know what you think!
WORK WE HAVE DONE FOR THIS CLIENT: We created a new logo, and website for Capitol Oyster Bar. We have also helped with social networking, and added correct and quality information and media to Yelp, Foursquare, etc.
Today we are happy to give you a look at Capt’n Hook Charters’ new website. This is a great charter business in Panama City, and I would highly recommend them if you are in the area.
Hal Lowman is the Captain of this boat, and he is known for not only putting you on the fish, but also making trips fantastic for families with children. He has his US Coast Guard License, and has been fishing the Gulf for 45 years.
Take a look at his new website and see what he has to offer. And, if you are in The Panama City Beach area, this is your charter business. Go enjoy a fantastic day on the water with www.captnhookfishing.com
We would like to welcome Paul Burkett to the Hatfield Taylor fam! Check out his new website at http://www.paulburkett.com
A little info about Paul:
Paul Burkett is a Montgomery native and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar and to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama in 1994. He attended Auburn University (Montgomery) where he obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 1987.
After graduating he attended Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University in Montgomery where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1994.
Selected First Year Class Senator for the Student Bar Association. He served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Lynn Clardy Bright in the Montgomery County District Court.
He has been a part of the Montgomery Area Association of Realtors since 1988. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Baptist Retirement Centers and he has served as the Chairman of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and Vice Chairman of the Elder Law Section of the Alabama State Bar Association.
Paul’s practice areas include Real Estate & Probate, Business Entities, Contracts and General Litigation.
It is a graphic designer’s mission to create logos that will be more than just a logo, if that makes sense. There is so much thought that goes into the design. Should it be simple, clever, or the new trend it seems, 3-D? I for one prefer logos that will stand the test of time. Here are several iconic logos, but with a twist. They all have hidden messages that most of us overlook on a daily basis. Here are a few.
This one actually drives me bonkers. Whenever I see a FedEx Truck drive by, I am always drawn to the arrow inside the logo. Do you see it? It is in between the “E” and the “X” in “EX”. Now every time you see the FedEx truck, it can drive you bonkers too.
Look at the arrow. It starts at “A” and ends at “Z”. You have probably searched for something before that you couldn’t find anywhere. But Amazon had it. They offer their customers everything from “A” to “Z”.
How many flavors does Baskin Robbins offer? Well, just look at the pink in their logo to find out.
I spent two weeks working at Miller Park installing Point Of Sale systems when I was traveling the country as an installer for VistaMax. They have a new logo now, but a quick look at their old logo reveals an “M” and “B” which makes up the baseball glove.
Look closely at the image of Matterhorn Mountain and you can see a bear in Toblerone’s logo.
I think this logo is super cool. The “VAIO” is actually a representation of signals. The first, in the “V” and “A” are for a basic analogue signal. The “I” and “O” are actually a 1 and 0, which represents the digital signal.
This logo “hidden message” is a little bit more pronounced, but it is still a great use of the type to convey the idea of people enjoying themselves. If you have not seen it yet, the two “T’s” in the center are people about to dip a chip into some salsa.
Spartan Golf Club
The designer masterfully combined the golfer swinging, and a “power meter” to create the silhouette of a Spartan soldier.
Big Ten Conference
Well, this logo didn’t last long. The whole meaning behind this logo is there are actually 11 teams in the Big 10. You can see that the “G”, “T”, and “E” help to create an “11″. The new Big Ten logo has a bit of a hidden message as well. The 10 is also a “IG” to create “BIG”. I guess they couldn’t figure out how to use a 12 in the logo.
Le Tour de France
I really dig this logo. The “R” in “Tour” creates a person riding a bike. Very cool.
We all know the face that makes up the logo for Goodwill. But did you ever notice in the type that the “G” is the face as well?
Check out the space in between the “K” and the “I”. Yep, that’s a Hersey Kiss.
So the next time you are looking at a logo, see if you can find a hidden meaning that gives the logo an extra bit of identity.
It’s hard to believe that 2011 is almost over. No matter how you decide to spend your holiday, we hope you have a fantastic and safe ending to the year.
For us here at Hatfield Taylor Company, it has been a breakthrough year, and we can only hope that 2012 holds as many awesome moments as this year did.
We have been working hard to build the company into something we can all be proud of. We would like to end this year by sharing our latest project with you. We are not only honored to have been a part of this project, but we are also super proud of the finished product.
In early November, we received a phone call from The Alabama Army National Guard. They explained that they had developed an app to help recruit the men and women that will serve our country in the near future. Their new app runs on the latest Apple tablet device, the iPad 2. Not only did they have an amazing champion app, but they also developed an awesome kiosk as well. The first day that I visited, I was highly impressed with the design. It really is a very innovative way to attract new recruits. I remember thinking, “These guys are ahead of the game.”
They were only missing one thing: a great website to help deploy the app. That is where we came in. We worked with them to develop a custom website that had the look and feel of who they are, as well as simple functionality for the users. We spent a great deal of time working on the design. We wanted it to not only look great, but also load fast, as the iPads have to use mobile internet to communicate with the servers. They wanted to take existing media that was provided to them and add their own effects. For example, they had a really cool graphic that you can see in many of their advertisements right now. It has a blue bar with The Alabama National Guard logo on it. We built the design of the headers around that graphic. We gave the subjects a “3-D” effect so that they looked as if they were “reaching out.” The bottom buttons are one of my favorite feature; when you mouse over the button, a nightvision scope appears over the button. Super cool.
We also developed a forum so that those who are utilizing this technology can learn from each other on how to best use the app.
This was a really fun project. The people that we worked with were true professionals. They have an eye for design and detail that you don’t find very often. They knew exactly what they wanted, and they were always willing to hear our ideas as well.
I wish we could let you take a tour of this new website, but it will be a protected site not available to the general public. I would, however, love to show you a few screenshots of the website.
Thanks to all of our clients who have made this our best year ever. Now, it’s time to ring in the New Year! 2012, here we come!
Don’t forget to visit Hatfield Taylor Company’s WEBSITE. We have made a few changes that we think you will like. And as always, please talk about us to anyone you know who is looking for a new web design company. Thank you, and Happy New Year!
Your friends at Hatfield Taylor Company
So I met with our SWEETstakes winner yesterday, Mario from Tipico de Mexico. I was really excited that they won as it is one of my favorite places to hang out here in Montgomery. A few weeks ago I asked Mario if they were in the market for a new website, and he told me they had been thinking about it. I gave him my card and told him to enter the contest. He did…and a couple of weeks later, he won. We had quite a few entries so I was surprised and excited for them.
Anyway we met with him yesterday after a nice long 4th of July break. One thing I noticed was this guy is laid back and knows what he is looking for. He was also incredibly open to ideas and very responsive with his own. I can’t tell you how nice it is to get productive feedback from the people you are working for. It helps when they are a little tech savvy, but really, just taking an interest in what we are doing together is most important. We are able to understand who they are better, what their style is, and most of all, what their expectations are. Some people let you take complete creative control, and others like to be involved throughout the whole process. As long as they are responsive through the whole project…it’s all good.
This is by no means a “this better be you or don’t call us” blog post. We don’t operate like that. It’s just nice. It makes the job so much more fun.
Well, I can’t wait to get this site up and running for everyone to see. Back to work.