Web & Graphic Design – Sunshine Coast
Welcome to Sunshine Design, aka Stuart Flynn – BA Design, Award School.
High-quality graphic design solutions at competitive prices. Your one-stop WordPress Website Designer and Graphic Designer on the Sunshine Coast with face to face attention to detail.
Services include Branding and Logos, Websites – hosting and SEO, Mailchimp, Social Media, and Print.
I’ve learned the ropes in Australia’s top Ad Agency but now choose to live here and work from my home studio on the Sunshine Coast.
In fact, local small businesses are a specialty. So if you’re ready to start working for yourself, or ready to grow your business here on the Sunny Coast, call me to arrange a no-obligation personal consultation. I’d love to help you turn your next business ideas into reality.
The brief design history of me
Over the last 23 years, I’ve worked in Adelaide, Sydney and now the Sunshine Coast running my own business. Previously I was the brand manager for many national accounts at BMF – Agency of the decade and while being part of the most highly rated agency in Australia I learned from some of the top creative directors and art directors in the business. I worked on many national accounts. Some are listed here;
XXXX Gold, Commonwealth Bank, Renault, Foxtel, Aldi, McDonald’s, Toohey’s Extra Dry, MBF, BPay, The Smith Family, Dominos, Elle Bache, Ikea, Weight Watchers.
Other roles in my career have included freelance illustrator and art director in Adelaide, 8 months at TVSN in TV graphics on the Photoshop animation team and even a stint at New Idea Magazine.
Among my proudest achievements was my brainstorming ebook – Extreme nouns which have sold hundreds of copies worldwide. And as a result, I was given some my first insight into Google Adwords, analytics and social advertising.
Get in touch
I love talking about design, SEO and advertising. Plus I love meeting new people. So don’t be shy and book an appointment to see me at my brand new office space on the lake at Mountain Creek.
For a no obligation chat about your next online or print project phone me – Stu Flynn on 0414505393
How I get 2,600 web visits a year and growing?
I specialise in digital design. But apart from that, I’m also a business owner, with a few websites and social media platforms that generate my income. So for my own business to flourish, I am constantly improving and implementing strategies for maintaining, improving and growing my online presence every week. And by staying in touch with technology and good design practices, I have shown steady growth in web traffic and client retention. As a result, I have 2,600 web hits a year and growing. This translates to phone calls and business every week. So if you’d like the same sort of results for your business, let me show you how. Phone me on 0414 505 393.
Small Business Solutions
The first thing I do is take the time to understand your business and your competition. And to do this, a good brief from you plus a discussion about your goals goes a long way.
Key questions for you to consider
- What would you want to achieve through your advertising?
- What is it about your competition that is isn’t working?
- Your niche – In what ways is your business unique in your industry?
- Have you tried any strategies to date and how successful have they been?
- How are people likely to discover your business (word of mouth, website, social)?
The end goal
We’ll be aiming to get your business in front of as many relevant customers as possible. So we need to uncover your strengths and market them. By starting this process and following through with great design and communication I help you get the most out of your advertising and design budget. And instead of just giving you what you want, I’ll also deliver what you need. This is done by understanding the big picture stuff and setting off in the right direction to start with.
Planning is key
Before diving straight into website design, logo or an advertising flyer, we need to discover and define your business. And the way I approach this is by uncovering a unique single-minded proposition. That is to say, what is it about the business that will give you an edge over your competition? For example, this may be something like ‘The biggest burger’ or ‘WordPress design with page one ranking’ or ‘Physio who combines Asian Qi Gong’.
Without establishing a clear brand and strategy, graphic design is simply something that looks nice.
So if you want more relevance, more profit, more client interest and ultimately a higher market share within your industry, I advise you to take the time to talk to an expert in digital design and advertising communication.
Why Cancer brought me to the coast
I was on my way up the corporate ladder in BMF – Agency of the Decade and had just completed Award School – a post-grad course for aspiring Art Directors and Copywriters. The plan was to do the course as a stepping stone from print and animation design into Creative Direction within my company. But just when I was peaking in my career, I was diagnosed with a rare type of Lymphoma. I was in and out of hospitals for 3 years undergoing chemo and transplants which left me weary for over a year and unable to work full time.. As well as that I’d started a family, and space in our apartment was running out.
So for both of these reasons, I decided to slow down, work part-time and then move out of the big city.
So these days I run my own business on the coast. I’ve been here for 5 years now, working on website design, high-end branding, and digital illustration work. Plus maybe an hour or two a day training on software and technology.
I look after myself with good eating, exercise, and a coastal lifestyle. The neighbours are great and the community is very welcoming. And yes, I’m fully recovered and 100%. I even have a website and a book about my experience if you’re interested. greyzone.info
2 types of clients
I have 2 types of clients. The first of these are small marketing companies that outsource specialised skills like graphic design, animation, and illustration. Marketing companies are great because we speak the same language. Plus I can help add value to their businesses.
Secondly, I really love to work with smaller local businesses with start-up branding, social media, and WordPress. This is because there is something great about developing business ideas from the ground up.
So if you have an idea that you’d like turned into reality please phone for a free chat. Stuart Flynn: 0414 505 393.
Content is king
Have you ever heard this term? If so it’s for good reason. In the case of web design, relevant and engaging content will greatly affect the user experience and in turn the retention of online traffic. Above all your potential customers need to enjoy their experience on you site.
There are a lot of tips to improve your content and I’m not going to mention them all. But first of all, there are a bunch of plugins and apps that I use to get the most out of my copywriting. These include Grammarly for general grammar and spelling and Yoast for on-site content analytics. Secondly, I recommend breaking up your content into bite-size pieces. For example, it’s important to use headings to navigate around the site as well as keeping paragraphs small and easy to digest.
But for more detailed advice on how to engage your audience as well as improve your content phone for a free consultation.