(Design) A Deacon’s Musing

We are excited to share that A Deacon’s Musing blog, which has been hosted here now has its own new website and social media platform! As the blog enters it’s tenth year, we hope this next step honours the engagement that has been a gift to experience and points forward to further opportunities to muse, reflect and act!

Whether you are a for-profit, non-profit or charitable organisation, Maya Consulting takes its selective relationships with clients very seriously. We intend to nurture not just your brand and online presence, but offer ways to reflect your passion in all you do!

(Design) Little Britain United Church

We are excited to share some samples from our latest partnership with Little Britain United Church! We are working with them to provide design and maintenance of their WordPress presence. Some of the more nuanced tools used have been a robust event calendar and utilising table databases, such as sharing their historic cemetery! As well, we have been honoured to help nurture their social media presence on Facebook!

Whether you are a for-profit, non-profit or charitable organisation, Maya Consulting takes its selective relationships with clients very seriously. We intend to nurture not just your brand and online presence, but offer ways to reflect your passion in all you do!

(Design) #uccan WordPress Templates

It is with excitement that we share a recently completed and launched WordPress project. With collaboration with A+ Computers, the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario of The United Church of Canada and Halftone Pixel, we have created multiple templates branded specifically for The United Church of Canada UCC). The intention of this project is “that this resource will allow for both recognition of a United Church ministry and enough flexibility to reflect well the blessing of each specific context.” Please checkout the Mailchimp blast for more information about this exciting denominational and national opportunity for ministries of the UCC!

(Design) 1JustCity

One of our most recent projects occurred in our ongoing relationship with 1JustCity. 1JustCity (formerly 1Hope Winnipeg) represents a group of non-profit organizations working together towards a brighter future by connecting with, supporting and empowering the most disenfranchised people in the City of Winnipeg. In Richard’s current work with Winnipeg Presbytery, he has had the opportunity to help assist in refreshing the social media presence for the initiative, which has also included redesigning the website.

The initiative harnesses a multi-layered Social Media Infrastructure. In many ways, this is the growing area for a web presence in such pursuits that ranges from business and entrepreneurial endeavours to NGOs and faith-based communities. An infrastructure is often – though not bound to – a (Static/Dynamic) Site that makes use of other social media platforms (i.e. TwitterFacebookGoogle+YouTubePinterest). Establishing such a presence within this area often begins with understanding that your web presence is as much about potential relationships, as it is in sharing your passion, whether that’s a product, vision or dream!

1JustCity’s dynamic website is augmented by utilising several social media platforms: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and YouTube. Since completing the Spring Refresh 2015 for 1JustCity, which has included Design & Deployment, we continue to provide resourcing in respect to Maintenance & Content Management.

(Design) Canadian Culinary Federation: Winnipeg

Logo: CCFCCIt is an honour to highlight our newest relationship with the Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC). After exploring their needs, their previous website presence and what their hopes were in respect to integrating the work they do in Winnipeg more intentionally with social media, we began a refresh in 4Q 2014. After renovating the branding of their social media platforms, we began to transfer their old site, domain and hosting to a new provider. During our conversations and listening to CCFCC’s passion to connect both with its member and the larger community of Winnipeg, we decided on a WordPress theme and layout that would allow them to embrace a dynamic site that will help them meet their goals for their May 2015 signature event and beyond!

Logo: CCFCCCCFCC’s presence includes a Dynamic Site and also utilises Facebook &  Twitter as its primary social media platforms. As our relationship evolves, we are also grateful for the trust to also provide the Federation with Maintenance of its website & to provide ongoing support in respect to the branding of its social media presence. This experience with CCFCC has been exciting for many reasons, one of which is the reminder that a web presence is more than a means by which people might garner information. Just as CCFCC supports chefs, suppliers and people working in the hospitality industry, we hope our care of their online activity allows them to do the work their Non-Profit organisation has done not only well since 1972, but to excel vibrantly!

(Design) 1Hope Winnipeg

Our most recent design relationship is with 1HopeWinnipeg. 1HopeWinnipeg represents a group of non-profit organizations working together towards a brighter future by connecting with, supporting and empowering the most disenfranchised people in the City of Winnipeg. In Richard’s current work with Winnipeg Presbytery, he has had the opportunity to help assist in refreshing the social media presence for the initiative, which has also included redesigning the website.

1HopeWinnipeg (Website)

1HopeWinnipeg (Website)

The initiative harnesses a multi-layered Social Media Infrastructure. In many ways, this is the growing area for a web presence in such pursuits that ranges from business and entrepreneurial endeavours to NGOs and faith-based communities. An infrastructure is often – though not bound to – a (Static/Dynamic) Site that makes use of other social media platforms (i.e. TwitterFacebookGoogle+YouTubePinterest). Establishing such a presence within this area often begins with understanding that your web presence is as much about potential relationships, as it is in sharing your passion, whether that’s a product, vision or dream!

1HopeWinnipeg’s dynamic website is augmented by utilising several social media platforms: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and YouTube. Since completing Winter Refresh 2013 for 1HopeWinnipeg, which has included Design & Deployment, we continue to provide resourcing in respect to Maintenance & Content Management.

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(Design) Talking Water Project

Our most recent client, Talking Water Project (TWP), invited us into a conversation that has allowed us to stretch and grow. As we have explored TWP’s hopes as an NGO – which intends to inspire people into action through the use of various artistic media – we have utilised a social media infrastructure in new ways.

In many ways, this is the growing area for a web presence in such pursuits that ranges from business and entrepreneurial endeavours to NGOs and faith-based communities. An infrastructure is often – though not bound to – a (Static/Dynamic) Site that makes use of other social media platforms (i.e. twitter, facebook, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest). Establishing such a presence within this area often begins with understanding that your web presence is as much about potential relationships, as it is in sharing your passion, whether that’s a product, vision or dream!

Talking Water Project

Talking Water Project

TWP’s presence includes a Dynamic Site and also utilises twitter as its primary social media platform. As our relationship evolves, we are also grateful for the trust to also provide TWP with Maintenance & Content Management. This experience with TWP has been exciting for many reasons, one of which is the reminder that a web presence is more than a means by which people might garner information. The visual nature of any site – Static or Dynamic – is as much an expression of your community’s ideas, vision, or products, as it is a digital gallery through which the images used tell the story of who are!

 

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(Design) The United Church in Meadowood

For six years, The United Church of Meadowood (UCiM) has been using a robust and multi-layered Social Media Infrastructure. In many ways, this is the growing area for a web presence in such pursuits that ranges from business and entrepreneurial endeavours to NGOs and faith-based communities. An infrastructure is often – though not bound to – a (Static/Dynamic) Site that makes use of other social media platforms (i.e. twitter, facebook, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest). Establishing such a presence within this area often begins with understanding that your web presence is as much about potential relationships as it is in sharing your passion, whether that’s a product, vision or dream!

UCiM

UCiM

UCiM, as a faith community, has utilised a Social Media Infrastructure to share their understanding of what it means to be an inclusive and hospitable community that encourages belonging and affirming of all people. In order to meet this objective, UCiM has used such Social Media Platforms as YouTube, twitter, Google+, facebook and the platform specific to The United Church of Canada, Wondercafe. To that end our relationship with UCiM, until 2013, has evolved to include more than 1000 Followers, Likes, and Circles. It has been a journey that has reminded us that the digital environment is not removed from our everyday lives. In fact, our experience has affirmed what more and more sociological studies demonstrate: people who engage with social media are, in fact, demonstrably more trusting and engaged in their everyday lives than otherwise is assumed.

 

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(Design) Exercise Your Options

For our client, Exercise Your Options (EYO), a simple, clean and effective Static Site was determined to best convey the intention of the business.

Exercise Your Options

Exercise Your Options

A Static Site can be compared to a billboard, in that it presents information that usually does not require regular adjustment of modification. Though the Static Site might have multiple pages, there is little content change once it is deployed. What does require adjustment is usually more in respect to general updates (i.e. price adjustments, scope of project parameters, descriptions of services).

As a small business, we were aware that a billboard style web presence was important for EYO. For EYO, having a business card on the internet was sufficient and the driving force behind this endeavour would be and is word-of-mouth testimonials. After deploying the Static Site, EYO has generally maintained and operated the site on their own. It has been and is an honour to have the trust of such entrepreneurs extend to us as they present their passion within a digital and interconnected environment such as the internet!

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