Hi, this is Design with Miller.
Thank you for checking out my website!
At Design with Miller, I believe there is something exciting about taking on a brief and pushing the limits to deliver a creative piece of work. Design isn't always creating shapes and playing around with colours, it takes an ambitious, curious, and creative mindset to deliver professional results that push the boundaries and also yourself. Design with Miller is the studio you can count on to get the job done on time, on budget, and with professional results.
Even though I am based in Wellington, New Zealand, I work with agencies, businesses, and non-profits all around the world. To work with people from every corner of the world is extremely rewarding. I have helped clients across the United States, Canada, Thailand, Nepal, Costa Rica, Australia, and New Zealand.
Why choose Design with Miller
to help your business endeavours?
Our design and development process emphasises
communication and collaboration.
Planning Phase & Brand Identity
Designing a website isn’t just about making a website that holds information. It’s a branding tool and the design process opens the door for a chance to really focus on creating a website that is unique and stands out. Don’t think of this just as a time to create a website, but an overall branding project. It is a perfect time to take a step back and think: “What am I about?” “What are my goals?” “What makes me different?”
First we meet and connect with you and your team to analyse what you envision for the website and plan the next steps. This phase includes:
- Organising content and identifying where information will go.
- Reviewing competitor websites to compile effective keywords for search-engine optimisation.
- Create a sitemap to get a solid foundation of exactly what information will on what page.
- Moodboard creation to brainstorm ideas and get the creative juices flowing.
Once we are on the same page, the layout begins. I will build wireframes from the information given by the sitemap. Wireframes are the skeletons of the website process. You will see how the website will be organized and how the information will all flow together. The list of key steps in this phase include:
- Establish information hierarchy.
- Organize the information into sections that flow nicely, and are easy for the visitor to follow and understand.
- Have a solid understanding of how the information will be presented.
- Develop a solid foundation for user flow with an end goal that leads to high conversion rates (potential client contacting you to set up an appointment).
In this phase you will see physical elements of the website come together. Color palettes, images, fonts, icons, and backgrounds will be created and designed in this phase. I use Figma to design all of my websites. It is a great tool for the client to see how the website comes to life in real time. This phase includes:
- Creating a solid color palette that is on brand and shown across all pages on the website.
- Finding the perfect photos that relate to the user and are on brand.
- Selecting fonts that will be used throughout the website.
- Brainstorming icon design that helps organize and visualize information.
- Putting all the design elements together into Figma to create a life-like mockup.
Development, Testing, and Maintenance
In this phase I will use the sitemap, wireframes, and mockups to develop/build out the website. I build my websites using Webflow, a powerful CMS that is completely customizable, user-friendly, and optimised. After your website is up and running I can help maintain your site at an hourly rate. This phase includes:
- New home and interior pages.
- Content Management System (CMS) creation. The creation of collection Lists for quick and easy organisation/editing.
- Optimization for ipad and mobile.
What past employers
and clients have said.
From small businesses in need of a website to non-profits driven to help their communities, Design with Miller is proud to have worked with these wonderful people. Below are just a few of many that have appreciated the work that I have done.
Tonic Lab is a Marketing, Digital, and Design recruitment agency. I have been working with Lisa Maathuis at Tonic Lab to assist them in designing marketing material for their clients and also for the agency. This has included multiple websites, brand guidelines, email templates, landing pages, social graphics, ebooks, and more. The team at Tonic Lab can focus on marketing and recruiting while Design with Miller maintains the Tonic Lab website and assists in design.
Make Digital Group
What our past employers
and clients have said.
From small businesses in need of a website to non-profits driven to help their communities, Design with Miller is proud to have worked with these wonderful people. Below are just a few of many that have appreciated the work that we have done.
Brandon’s design skills were already at a high level when he joined MAKE, but where he truly exhibited his worth to the team was his uncanny ability to acquire new skills and collaborate with his colleague to adopt them to ongoing work. If I plotted his abilities on a graph from the time he started here to the time he left, it would be an exponential upward curve. He came in with very little animation experience, but by the time he was done, he was our point person for animated work for demanding clients.
Brandon also has the rare ability to calmly receive critical feedback from peers and not only translate it to improved work, but also preemptively apply those lessons to future work and take it even further, to enhance the output of the entire team overall.
He adapted and varied his work to fit the range of clients we support, with an attitude that was unwaveringly optimistic and energetic.
In short, if I had my way, Brandon would still be here, working with me at MAKE. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Brandon and his team developed the initial concept – the winning concept among four other pitches – with full consideration for the target audience, the desired call to action, the budget, and the sensitive topic of drug use among youth. In partnership with the team, he subsequently created a series of mood boards to flush out the campaign personality; crafted the campaign tagline and subsequent copy for all collateral; designed the campaign logo/mascot; wrote the code for the website; and coordinated and co-directed the video shoot.
Brandon is a delight to work with. He is open, flexible, and creative. He takes feedback easily and is quick to identify alternative concepts. He expertly balances respecting the needs and goals of the client while asking questions to better understand those goals – all with authenticity and professionalism.
Brandon brought enthusiasm, insight, and skill to a project that will, thanks to him and his team, be implemented throughout the community to improve the health and well-being of youth. I wholeheartedly recommend Brandon - he is sure to be a valuable asset to any creative or strategic team.
Earlier this year a mutual acquaintance recommended Mr. Miller after I expressed wanting to work with a web designer who emphasized collaboration. It was really important to me to have a site that conveyed who I was a a psychology practitioner instead of having one of a more generic quality. In this regard Mr. Miller did a great job on creating my website and working with me on it. He really put much attention to the creative process. He also was great in making sure my site was secure to my profession's ethical standards. I very much appreciate his conscientiousness in this respect.
Two other positive things I'd like to state about Mr. Miller: He's really good at relating to others. I've seen him in a number of social contexts (e.g., talking with my colleagues when coming to my office to take pictures; meeting with me multiple times as he worked on the website) and he seems quite at ease in this way. Secondly, he strikes me--a layperson when it comes to web design and how things work on the internet--to be quite competent in his subject area. I understand he's studied coding and related subjects in college and this becomes quite evident in talking with him.
Given these qualities, the final product, and my overall experience working with Mr. Miller, I have readily recommended him to my colleagues and friends.
In sum, I recommend Mr. Miller, with no reservations, for any position he applies for consistent with his abilities, knowledge, and work history.