Auto Restorations website homepage after redesign, showing Automotive Dreams marketing slideshow and table of links to website feature articles and pages.

Energise an image heavy website

Energise an image heavy website by design


AUTO RESTORATIONS, 52 STEWART ST, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND


Links to PDF of New Zealand Classic Car magazine cover story on the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

Making it to the cover of Classic Car magazine, the superior quality of Auto Restorations’ work speaks for itself in this 6 page cover article  (linked).

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.

Racing action image of the Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C, #32, racing at 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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Four of Auto Restorations skilled workforce wheel a custom body Delage Roadster into position in the carpark.

Informal portraiture at work

Informal portraiture in the workplace using available light


AUTO RESTORATIONS WORKSHOP, STEWART STREET, CHRISTCHURCH 2009–2012


When shooting informal portraiture avoid distraction from the most important purpose—getting photographs. These photos were shot and photo composites produced 2009–2012, they offer a historical profile of Auto Restorations during that time soon after Allan Wylie stepped up from the Mechanical Shop floor to the role of General Manager. Pictures of their employees on their redesigned website, and capabilities brochure in print helped Auto Restorations transform from a faceless company to people that their customers can relate to. The highly specialised, high value personal service that Auto Restorations’ workforce offer to customers is an advantage that they have over large companies, their multiple international Concours D’Elegance awards attest to this. Good photos of their skilled workforce reinforce this.

Lineup of classic cars in carpark of Auto Restorations, Stewart Street Christchurch workshop.

Italy, the United States, France, and Australia are represented in this lineup of 20th century classic cars, from the current work in progress at Auto Restorations in September, 2009.

Whether shooting outdoors or indoors, consider using the flash to light the subject. If the available light is insufficient then you need to build up more light until the clearest and best photo is taken. This may involve bouncing flash light up off the ceiling or outdoor canopy. You shouldn’t see light in the final picture—you should see the subject.

Dropping to one knee and shooting up at your subject yields a heroic image.

Informal portrait of Allan Wylie, Auto Restorations’ manager leaning against his 1938 Ford roadster.

Visual anthropology: Work method documentary photography

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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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Vinevax PWD brochure redesign cover

Trichoseal-spray: pruning wound dressing makeover

Vinevax_logo_radiused_256pxMore compelling design doesn’t mean prettier, or more arty. By more compelling I mean richer, more complete, better because it is more efficient, better because it is attractive in useful ways. The design of Vinevax’s new brand collateral isn’t merely about their product looking better on the shelf, but actually functioning better as an advertisement for itself in a competitive retail environment. The design has to do with the work of increasing sales by making Vinevax’s packaging beautiful and clear.

It’s exciting.
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MTC 2015 launch catalogue

MTC_logo_greys_256Once a mainstay of the graphic design business, nowadays print brochures are more the rarity but my fascination with ink on paper is perennial. I was inspired by the opportunity to create a small company launch and product catalogue brochure for MTC Equipment, that is short and to the point.
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Design a beautiful logo & website for KittyCat Rehoming

Design eye appeal is only one factor in the logo design equation. A useful logo for KittyCat Rehoming Wairarapa requires concept, great execution, and most of all, clear thinking.

How do I increase the eye appeal of my KittyCat Rehoming logo?

Use a picture, especially of a cat, or use more pictures, say an icon that is immediately recognised as a home. People relate to pictures of familiar things like cats instantly.
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