Auto Restorations website after redesign. Home page.

Energise an image heavy website

Energise an image heavy website by design


AUTO RESTORATIONS, 52 STEWART ST, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND


Making it to the cover of Classic Car magazine, the superior quality of Auto Restorations’ work speaks for itself.

Established in 1973 Auto Restorations has a story to tell. Every year it must mobilise new car restoration projects. To do this it relies on existing clientele, affluent, discerning people who might already know of the company by word of mouth, prestigious Concours D‘Elegance ‘First In Class’ wins, the publicity that generates in classic car enthusiasts’ media, their advertisingwebsite and brochure—sales brochures, basically—designed to showcase the superior quality of the work they do. Showcase the process of restoration, the completed works, among them some of the most refined and rare cars in the world, and do it justice with advertising and promotional material that has the maximum effect and gives the impression to their select international clientele of an organization worthy of trusting one’s precious, valuable car to.

Well crafted and well made custom built motor cars, widely regarded as some of the most rare and beautiful, are the results of the restoration process, a process which varies. Some rebuilds are particularly challenging and may take many hundreds of hours of meticulous work by expert technicians that sometimes stretch over years. The strict rule for their sales material is a focus on the process of restoration and the advantages Auto Restorations offers their niche customer base, working faithfully to an exacting standard at a fair market price.

Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C, #32, Thunderhill Raceway Park, California. Peter Giddens at the wheel.

Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C, #31, restored by Auto Restorations in 1998, cresting the hill at Thunderhill Raceway Park, California, 2018.

“I chose Auto Restorations to restore my rare Alfa Romeo Tipo C race car, one of only three remaining, because of the Kiwi attitude that if you can’t buy it, you’ll make it”.
~Peter Giddngs, owner/driver

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Pomeroy’s staff group photo. Halloween Party 2008.

Pomeroy’s Petrifying Halloween Party 2008

Pomeroy’s, that pit of petrifying pestilence! Be afraid—be very afraid!


POMEROY’S FIRST HALLOWEEN PARTY, FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER, 2008


Galleries of good social event photography should be an energetic expression of the real event, which was such a great time. The photos need to do justice to it by conveying all of the paranormal pestilence and deadly energy of the night, and the sense of place, a Halloween Party in Christchurch’s favourite old English pub. Read More

The Pomeroy’s Press. Pom’s Staff profile article. Halloween Party group shot behind the bar.

Friendly “Meet the Staff” articles — more than a mug shot

The Pomeroy’s Press welcoming “Meet the Staff” profile articles are more than a mug shot, going above and beyond showing the pub staff’s faces is important and beneficial to improve connection with patrons.


POMEROY’S OLD BREWERY INN, KILMORE STREET, CHRISTCHURCH


Showing the faces of the real people front of house and behind the scenes working at Pomeroy’s in The Pomeroy’s Press pub newsletter is important and beneficial to the pub’s best connection with its customers and reinforces the fact that Pomeroy’s pub is a friendly and welcoming family business due largely to their wonderful staff.

The Pomeroy’s Press. Pom’s Staff profile article. Ross Baker.

An interesting portrait adds emphasis to the vividly written bio and captures readers’ attention.

When your potential customers stumble upon Pomeroy’s Pub website, one of the first things they do is look for the craft beers on tap and the restaurant menu. What happens when they look at the team page and see more than just a mugshot, they can read a brief, vividly written bio. Pub patrons feel comfortable knowing something about the staff’s character and their story. Having the staff images along with names and brief bio’s on Pomeroy’s “About Us” page helps patrons connect with Christchurch’s historical English style pub, which increases the site’s conversion rate and makes them less likely to bounce.

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The Pomeroy’s Press. Portrait for Pom’s locals profile story.

People pictures add life to The Pomeroy’s Press

What nicer way to illustrate Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn’s “social capital” as a local English style pub, between 2003–10, than to picture their local clientele?


POMEROY’S OLD BREWERY INN, KILMORE STREET, CHRISTCHURCH


The Pomeroy’s Press published one “locals like…” and one staff bio feature article every issue with beautifully lit photos of happy people—In addition to document the frequent social events organised and hosted by Pomeroy’s, the pub newspaper’s photographers were on hand to shoot galleries of great photos for the pub newsletter and web galleries for the pub’s website.

Pomeroy’s management understood that doing a good job of consistently documenting the pub clientele’s participation in their sensational events would result in their locals building the image of Pomeroy’s of themselves. Nothing is stronger.
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Pomeroys Boutique Accommodation logo and hand-crafted three dimensional sign.

Excellent design conveys care


POMEROY’S ON KILMORE BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION, CHRISTCHURCH


Excellent design conveys care, craftsmanship, professionalism, it is beautiful to see and fun to do

THE BEST DESIGN—design that moves people’s hearts and minds—has something more. It expresses a concept, a great underlying vision that combines imagination and wisdom. Without a great concept, it is fair to say, design is only superficial decoration. A great concept is what gives purpose to the communication art of design. The design of Pomeroy’s on Kilmore Boutique Accommodation’s brand and corporate identity components, from signage to print & web, to bathroom products is all about vision—the art of imagining and thinking and seeing a world that does not yet exist, and that needs graphic design to bring that to life.

“Pomeroy’s and daughters and son” is a family business, having welcomed lots of guests through its doors over the previous eighteen months, in 2007–8 Steve and Victoria Pomeroy decided to complete their plans to fully refurbish, upgrade and rebrand the colonial villa, formerly known as Pomeroy’s B&B from 2006. Snug, comfortable Pomeroy’s on Kilmore Boutique Accommodation is centrally located next door to Christchurch’s own historic, English-style pub! Managed by Ava the atmosphere is private and personal, complete with delicious continental breakfast, what more could you ask for but their fantastic value tariff? Steve’s career in construction and Victoria’s flair for interior design came together in a great luxury b&b concept that positioned Pomeroy’s on Kilmore as a top of the line B&B.
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Mario, wild Orangutan, Borneo

The opportunity to capture wild Orangutan portraits was a rare treat


CAMP LEAKEY, TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK, BORNEO


ORANGUTAN ARE AN ALMOST exclusively arboreal species, so the glimpse we got of this teenage male named Mario, early in the morning from our riverboat before leaving the National Park, dipping in the river and posing like Tarzan on the ground just a few metres away, this was an extraordinary treat.
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Showcase of MTC Equipment online catalogue website. The three pages portrayed are the homepage, a catalogue overview page and the Ejector Trailer catalogue item page. The three key elements to the responsive online catalogue’s ease of use.

MTC Equipment website

The MTC Equipment’s rename and rebrand project included designing their new logo and identity system, the design and populating of their catalogue website , and creating a direct mail brand launch and product catalogue.

It was a great opportunity to work with an established family company, formerly Murray Tractor Company, to implement a rename, rebrand, and repositioning their new business as import agents of Chieftain Trailers of Ireland in the New Zealand, and Australasian regional  markets.
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