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8 weeks ago

August 2016 marks the 9th birthday of Dark Flare Design!

I'm not entirely sure how nine years have passed since I started this business, so I can only assume I've been having a lot of fun over this time!

Thank you to my clients (past and present) for their custom, and trust in me and my services… also to my friends and family for their advice and support too!

I'm looking forward to taking on my tenth year in business. Bring it on!

Cheers,
Iain

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28 weeks ago

Recent work: A new one page website for Hamish Husband, an after dinner speaker based in Ayr.

http://www.hamishhusband.co.uk/

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29 weeks ago

Recent work: A new website for The Jar - Malt Whisky Specialist
based in Troon.

The website features a content management system, a mobile-friendly layout, and a simple shopping cart for sales of rare whiskies.

https://www.thejartroon.com/

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29 weeks ago

Recent work: A brochure website for West Coast Colours by Anne Chadwick, an Ayrshire based Image Consultant.

http://westcoastcolours.co.uk

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29 weeks ago

Recent work: A new one page website for APS Express, a UK logistics service based near Prestwick Airport.

http://www.aps-express.co.uk/

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40 weeks ago

Recent work: A new one page website for Rennie Dance Academy.

In addition to the new website, a logo, business card, leaflet and newspaper advert were created for the Saltcoats based Dance School.

http://www.renniedance.co.uk/

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40 weeks ago

Recent work: A new website for Richard Maxton, an architectural technologist based in Ayr.

The website features a mobile-friendly layout, and a project portfolio.

http://www.richardmaxton.co.uk/

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40 weeks ago

Recent work: A new website for Mary's Flowers, a florist based in Ayr.

The website features a content management system, a mobile-friendly layout, and a product gallery.

http://www.marysflowers.co.uk/

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48 weeks ago

Recent work: A new website for Glasgow Malt Whisky Company

GMWC provide specialist Malt Whisky tastings, and distillery tours.

The website features a content management system, a mobile-friendly layout, and provides ticket sales for their events.

https://www.glasgowmaltwhiskycompany.com/

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49 weeks ago

Recent work: A new one page website for Dino's Too.

The website features a content management system and a mobile-friendly layout.

http://www.dinostoo.co.uk/

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A Natural Healing Clinic

49 weeks ago

Recent Work: A one page website for The Lovit Clinic. A natural healing center, with clinics in Pembrokeshire, London and Marbella.

http://www.thelovitclinic.com/

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49 weeks ago

Recent Work: A roller banner produced for Underground Fitness UK in Kilmarnock.

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SM Signs

50 weeks ago

Great job by SM Signs installing signage of the logo I created for The Smithy at Sandyford. It's always nice to see a design in the wild.

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Christine Sadler

51 weeks ago

A great offer here from Christine Sadler that's not to be missed. £100 worth of gift vouchers for only £70! Offer ends October 11th.

Go like her page and view the post for details.

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51 weeks ago

Delighted to announce I'll be working with David Ogilvie Engineering Ltd to create their new website.

Based in Kilmarnock, they design and manufacture street and park furniture, commemorative products, and bespoke commissions.

You may recognise their work in the form of Magnus the Viking (in Largs), Clyde (the mascot from Glasgow's Commonwealth Games) and their extremely popular WW1 and WW2 commemorative range.

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53 weeks ago

Recent work: A new brochure website for Whitestorm Solutions.

Whitestorm provide engineering services, solutions and personnel to the oil, gas, nuclear and petrochemical industries.

The website features a content management system and a mobile-friendly layout.

http://www.whitestormsolutions.com/

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53 weeks ago

Recent work: A new e-commerce website for Poppies Garden Centre

Poppies are a garden centre, gift shop and coffee house / restaurant near Oban.

http://www.poppiesgardencentre.com/

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53 weeks ago

Recent work: A new one page website for Spraytech. Invasive plant & weed specialists based in Ayrshire.

They provide professional services such as; Japanese Knotweed Control & Treatment, Total Weed Killing & Growth Control, and Moss and Algae Busting, to property factors and homeowners alike.

http://www.spraytechscotland.co.uk

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59 weeks ago

Recent work: A new website for Forehill Café, a traditional fish and chip shop based in Ayr who are currently one of the seven Scottish businesses to be shortlisted in the 2016 National Fish and Chip Awards!

http://www.forehillcafe.co.uk/

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59 weeks ago

Recent work: A new website for Kevin Farren, a Utility Contractor based in Kilmarnock, who provides installation and repair of LPG Gas, Underground Fire Mains, Fresh Water Mains and Satellite Broadband.

This brochure website has been designed to match the client's existing corporate identity.

Visit the website here: http://farren.info/

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68 weeks ago

Here are the new printed menus I've designed for Forehill Café and Dino's Too featuring a brand identity refresh, and photography byThat Image Rokz.

A pair of new websites are currently being developed too, so look out for those soon.

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71 weeks ago

Just heard that Ad Astra finished in third place. Thanks to everyone who voted last month!

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74 weeks ago

My clients Underground Fitness UK have recently opened their own Personal Training Studio & Gym in Kilmarnock, and are holding an OPEN DAY this Saturday (2nd May 2015) from 12pm – 5pm.

If you're based in Ayrshire and are interested in checking out the new venue then you are welcome to come along on the day to talk to the trainers, get some advice or even find out how to become a personal trainer yourself.

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Get ready for the new tax year

74 weeks ago

For those of you that run a small business, but don't yet have an online accounting or invoicing system, then it's worth checking out FreeAgent.

They offer a month's free trial, and you can get a 10% lifetime discount by using this link.

It's really easy to get up and running yourself, but you can also create a user account to give your accountant access.

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76 weeks ago

Just found out that the website I created for Ad Astra Self Catering has been nominated in Heart Internet's Website of the Month competition for April 2015.

If you've got a spare minute to log onto the competition site and vote for Ad Astra then that would be much appreciated.

Competition Voting is open until the end of April at https://www.heartinternet.uk/wotm

To view the Ad Astra website please visit: http://www.adastraskye.com/

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77 weeks ago

Earlier today I visited my old university (Glasgow Caledonian) to talk to some 2nd year design students about my web design process and working as freelance designer.

It's been a while since I last set foot in the place (in fact it's been 10 years since I graduated), so it was good to have a chance to look around the campus and see how it's changed over the years.

Thoroughly enjoyed having the chance to talk about what I do and pass on bits of advice to the students in attendance.

If you ever get a similar opportunity, I'd definitely recommend taking it.

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Iain MacKay

79 weeks ago

7 Questions with Iain MacKay

The third installment of my new interview feature, with Iain MacKay of IM Training UK answering my questions.

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Tosh Lubek

80 weeks ago

7 Questions with Tosh Lubek.

The second installment of my new interview feature, with Tosh Lubek Productions answering my questions.

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Underground Fitness UK

80 weeks ago

Big news from Kara Fergus Physique Elite Trainer and Tony Dingwall Physique Elite Trainer of Underground Fitness UK who are opening their own private training studio in Kilmarnock this April.

I'd like to wish them all the best in their new venture!

Please give their page a like if you want to hear about their opening date and services.

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81 weeks ago

Thanks to everyone who voted in the recent Elite Website of the Month Competition…I'm very pleased to announce that TheVeganKind Monthly Subscription Box came out on top once again!

http://www.darkflaredesign.co.uk/blog/2015-03-11-thevegankind-website-award

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Stuart Little

81 weeks ago

Pleased to launch a new feature on my website called "7 Questions with…"

A series of short interviews with my clients and other business owners that I work with.

Kicking us off is 7 Questions with Stuart Little (from That Image Rokz)

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82 weeks ago

If you're planning on doing any Facebook advertising, this is a handy tool for checking images have less than 20% text. http://facebook.com/ads/tools/text_overlay

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83 weeks ago

With the end of February fast approaching, so is the completion of the Website of the Month competition that my clients TheVeganKind are nominated in.

They're up against 14 previous winners this time around, so your vote would really help us out.

If you like the website, and can spare a few moments to vote for thevegankind.com you can do so at: https://www.heartinternet.uk/wotm

No registration required. Just click your star rating and you're done!

Cheers,
Iain

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84 weeks ago

Recent work: A new website for Fiona Maxton a Private Chartered Physiotherapist based in Ayr.

http://www.fionamaxtonphysiotherapy.co.uk/

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84 weeks ago

Recent work: A new website for Handmade by Kelly who provide bespoke wedding stationery.

The site has a responsive (mobile-friendly) layout, and includes a Content Management System (CMS) for client updates. As part of the project I also created a new logo and a business card design.

http://www.handmadebykelly.co.uk/

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86 weeks ago

The website I created for TheVeganKind Monthly Subscription Box won Heart Internet's Website of the Month Competition last year, and it's now in with a chance of winning the "Best of the Best" Elite Website of the Month competition!

We're up against 14 previous winners this time around, so your vote would really help us out.

If you like the website, and can spare a few moments to vote for thevegankind.com you can do so at: https://www.heartinternet.uk/wotm

(No registration required!)

Cheers,
Iain

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87 weeks ago

Recent work: A new website for I M Training UK who provide First Aid, Health, Safety & Care training.

The site has a responsive (mobile-friendly) layout, and includes a Content Management System (CMS) for client updates. As part of the project I also provided a logo design and printed stationery.

http://bit.ly/1tfQURs

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91 weeks ago

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a happy and successful 2015.

All the best,
Iain

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92 weeks ago

Thank you for your custom and support throughout 2014. I hope you have a great festive period whatever you're up to, and that next year brings you much success!

Best Wishes,
Iain

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92 weeks ago

Recent work: A new website for Crafty Creatives: Subscription Boxes for Creative People.

This was a slightly different project for me as Claire (Crafty Creatives' founder) is a graphic designer and provided me with a design mockup to work from. It was nice to concentrate on the front-end development side of things for a change, while still chipping in with design elements where needed as the site expanded. I also had to translate the desktop layout to mobile where appropriate.

This site features a content management system with a customised blog section, and a responsive layout. It's also integrated with Chargify, a third-party service that provides recurring transactions.

http://www.craftycreatives.com/

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Season's Greetings from Iain Fergus

92 weeks ago

My latest newsletter…

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92 weeks ago

Recent work: A new website for The Word on the Streets. Ayrshire's Arts Music & Culture Mag.

A content managed website with a customised blog section, video gallery, events calendar, and a responsive (mobile-friendly) layout.

http://www.thewordonthestreets.co.uk/

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92 weeks ago

Recently launched: A new website for Victoria House Care Home.

Victoria is the sister establishment to Kinning Park Care Home that I created a website for earlier in 2014. The owners requested that I created the site to be a visual match to Kinning Park. Both sites feature a mobile-friendly design and a CMS (content management system).

http://www.victoriahouseblantyre.co.uk/

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92 weeks ago

Recently launched: A new website for Ad Astra Self Catering Cottage in Skye.

This site features a content management system (CMS) with a gallery section, and a responsive (mobile-friendly) layout. A FreeToBook widget has also been integrated to provide a simple booking system.

http://www.adastraskye.com/

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Top 10: subscription Christmas gifts

93 weeks ago

I am delighted to see not one, but two of my clients featured in The Guardian's Top 10: Subscription Christmas Gifts list this year.

Both Crafty Creatives and TheVeganKind Monthly Subscription Box
have been included. Both of their products would make great gifts for family, friends or even a treat for yourself. Go check them out!

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107 weeks ago

Say hello to the new Dark Flare Design Website.

http://www.darkflaredesign.co.uk/

It offers an improved mobile experience, with retina images for devices that can make use of them, professional portrait images of me (provided by That Image Rokz) and some videos (provided by Tosh Lubek Productions).

Over time I'll be adding more work examples as well as some other sections/features.

I'll keep you updated!

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Iain Fergus — Dark Flare Design

108 weeks ago

I’m Iain Fergus, a web and print designer based in Ayr, Scotland. I provide simple and effective designs that help you promote your business. From logos and stationery, to mobile-friendly websites.

Created by Tosh Lubek Productions

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Testimonial from Tony Dingwall — Dark Flare Design

108 weeks ago

Video testimonial from Tony Dingwall Physique Elite Trainer of Underground Fitness UK

Video by Tosh Lubek Productions

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Dark Flare Design

An affordable web & print design service in Scotland.

Hello, I'm Iain Fergus a web and print designer from Ayr, currently based in Glasgow. I provide new and existing businesses with simple and effective designs to meet their budget.

http://www.darkflaredesign.co.uk

Dark Flare Design
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