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Recent Projects: Set 2 Fitness!

We’ve been crazy busy!  Just launched this week, a fun and vibrant website for Set2 Fitness.   A memorable and useful website is super important to making a splash with a new business, and Lorna’s is a great example of a simple website and blog that stands out from the crowd with an atypical grid based design.  And if you’re looking for a personalized training experience in intown Atlanta, you should check them out!




Before and After: Provenance Rehabilitation

This recent redesign was one of my favorites.  It’s always fun to take a dated website and turn it into something usable and beautiful.  You’ll notice that not only did we update the logo to something that reflected their core brand in a more modern way, we also changed the feel and the focus of the site from cold and clinical, to warm and vibrant—moving the focus to the desired outcome versus the procedures themselves.  Check out more in our Portfolio, or visit Provenance Rehab to see the whole site.

Move the slider on the image below to see the before and after!

New Projects and what we’ve been up to!

I’ve been amiss at portfolio updates, so here are a few projects that we completed early this year.

Susan Rebecca White

(Author of A Place At The Table and new this August We Are All Good People Here)


We’ve also done a small redesign/rebrand on


And we created reworked the blog on, moving the workouts to an easy to read calendar, and updating the menu structure for ease of navigation on desktop and mobile!



Launched recently!

We recently launched the following two projects in partnership with our friends at Project 18!

Atlanta Radio Theatre Company’s redesign was a lot of fun, and a real learning experience on the world of audio drama.  If you like podcasts, they have some great new series’ you should check out, or you can download a classic by Sherlock Holmes or Ray Bradbury.  We really enjoyed working with the dedicated artists over there – and if you’re an actor, or would like to try your hand at voice acting as an amateur, you should check them out!

About the Project

Atlanta Radio Theatre home page.


Our other great project with Project 18 this winter was a redesign of the decor shop Select Surfaces in Vail, Colorado.  They were lovely people to work with, and they now have a fresh new website that is as lovely as they are.  If you’re in the Vail area, you should definitely shop local and give these guys a chance to show you all their fabulous flooring, tile, stone, blinds and more!

About the Project

New projects added to the Portfolio!

Check out some of the last few months’ work!

FitWit: Gym & Fitness Camp in Atlanta GA

Get a taste of Dewberry’s Kitchen

Oculofacial Plastic Surgeons Of Georgia

Lee Harrington Mantra Music will get you inspired..

New Projects added to Portfolio

It was about time we updated the Portfolio page with some new projects, so go read about some of our projects from last year that we are highlighting!







New in 2017: Yes, You Can Dance!

Yes, You Can Dance!, based in the Pittsburgh, PA area, is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of dance, working with seniors and individuals with special needs.  It’s a wonderful organization that we had worked with before on a website and branding.  They were still happy with their branding, but it was time to freshen up the look of the site and add some new features.


A new year, a new look for author & speaker, Josh Levs

We had a great time creating a website for Josh Levs’s book “All In” last year.  A noted author, keynote speaker, and consultant, Josh’s business needs changed, and so he asked us for some new features and functions, and a new homepage look, highlighting his speaking engagements.   We kept the same branding and generally look and feel, but added videos, new features, and a brand new layout to the site.

Check out the Project in our Portfolio!

See the website at


SportWaiver: Sports Law Consulting with Article Archive

Sport Risk Consulting does speaking engagements, waiver & release consulting, and writes books and articles related to waivers and releases of liability in sports. is their blog and website which contains years of articles and blog posts about waiver and release cases and other sports law related items. They needed a news style website to promote their consulting & books.

2016 websites: Kemper Physical Therepy goes responsive

We created a website for Beth Kemper, a pelvic physical therapist in Decatur, GA, many years ago, in the days before the ubiquitousness of mobile devices.  Today every website we build is mobile friendly and responsive, but not so in the ‘old days’!  Beth still loved the look of her website–the design had stood the test of time– but it needed to work better for today’s devices.  So we built Beth a new site, using all the most recent coding standards, but keeping her signature look and feel.



2016 websites: Annie Oakley Shooters

Some great websites from 2016…

Annie Oakley Shooters a women’s clay shooting club in the Atlanta, GA area.  The mission of the Annie Oakley Shooters is to enhance awareness and enjoyment of women’s clay shooting sports by offering fellowship, quality instruction and opportunity for the sport.  We created a new website reflecting their branding that was easy to update and allowed them to showcase their events.


Adam Properties: Property Management with a retro feel

Adam Properties is an Atlanta office/warehouse properties investment, leasing and property management company. Their website showcases their available properties with a little bit of a retro vibe.

2015 Websites: Find The Beloved: Sign up and take courses

Find The Beloved is a courses website built based on the Sensai product from Woo.

We developed the peacock logo and branding based on the idea of traditional Indian woodcut prints.

Author Website to Promote a New Book

A clean and bright website for journalist and fatherhood columnist Josh Levs and his new book, “All In”.

With some impressive words for the new book by people like Maria Shriver and Bob Sagat, we highlight the praise for the book both in the front page image, and also in rotating testimonials.  Although it is a relatively simple 1+ page website, all the key information is contained on the main page, easily scrolled to.  Multiple links promote the purchase of the book, which will automatically change from “Preorder” text to “Purchase” text on the book release date later this year.  Responsive site takes advantage of large and small screen sizes.


Shyamdas Foundation: An archive of works

Adding an Archive of Works, Fundraising, and other features to the website of the Shyamdas Foundation.

The Shyamdas Foundation is a website dedicated to preserving the works of Shyamdas (1953-2013), who was a pioneer in bringing Indian devotional and yogic traditions to the West.   They had an existing website which was used as a base, but over the course of several projects we have improved the functionality and mobile friendliness of the original site.  We also added archives functionality, both storage (cloud storage utilizing Amazon AWS to store a large number of video, audio, text files and photos) as well as forms and integration to allow members to submit their own archive items, to grow the archive.  Additional features include integrated fundraising functionality (using Ignition Deck) and membership features.

Shyamdas Home Page

Shyamdas Home Page


The Fitwit Foundation: Empowering Youth through Fitness

A vibrant, content rich website for a non-profit.

The Fitwit Foundation, based in Atlanta, GA, is a non-profit dedicated to offering free fitness and character development programs to teens.  The foundation wanted a new website to reflect their brand, showcasing the work they do, and inspiring others to donate and get involved.  Working closely with the director to realize her vision, the website is now bright, cheerful and interesting, allows for easy online donations, and features the kids in a starring role.


Lifeworks Consulting: Neurofeedback Coaching

A professional service website gets a fresh new look that reflects the business.

Lifeworks Consulting, in Northern Virginia, came to us with a typical small business problem. They thought they could just pull together a website usually a standard WordPress template, and weren’t happy with the results. They wanted something more professional that really represented their business. They had another common problem of service professionals: no real “branding” on which to base a website. So we started by working on the branding, the look and feel, and how to really explain the service and engage potential customers. Although this is a relatively simple site, it is effective, professional, and reflects the business.

Full homepage.

Full homepage.

The Fitwit Foundation: Empowering Youth through Fitness

A vibrant, content rich website for a non-profit.

The Fitwit Foundation, based in Atlanta, GA, is a non-profit dedicated to offering free fitness and character development programs to teens.  The foundation wanted a new website to reflect their brand, showcasing the work they do, and inspiring others to donate and get involved.  Working closely with the director to realize her vision, the website is now bright, cheerful and interesting, allows for easy online donations, and features the kids in a starring role.

Gabrielli LaChiara: Event Management, Social Community

Gabrielli LaChiara is a Massachusetts based counselor and teacher specializing in healing and transformation for both individuals and institutions. The features of Gabrielli’s new website include event booking and management using Event Espresso, and a customized Buddypress installation to provide social networking and community features and allow her to serve custom on-line content for students of the various classes that she teaches.  Buddypress Group features are used to serve the right content to the right students.  Site is fully responsive and mobile friendly.

As part of the website design, we also provided a logo.

1 Gabrielli-LaChiara

Make your posts look good on Facebook: Open Graph tags

wordpressfunYour Open Graph tags determine how your website looks when people post a link to it on Facebook.  It also determines how the site looks when you display your blog/news posts on your Facebook page.  I have mixed feelings on whether a Facebook page for your business is really worth it (hint, it totally depends on what type of business you have) but as part of the redesign I set up a new Facebook page for Dabbled Studios, and blog posts here will show up there.  So when they show up, they’d better look good, right?

If you want to be sure how your site pages/posts look to Facebook, you can use the Facebook Debugger.  Just paste the URL to a post, or a page, and click the Debug button, and you can see your site the way facebook sees it.  If you have a WordPress site, it generally won’t look too bad by default, by I wanted to make sure my featured image was the image shown (rather than whatever FB picks!), and generally make sure my posts and pages looked how I wanted them to look.

As part of the site redesign, I pulled all my Open Graph settings into a function.  The code I used is commented below.  You can put this in your functions.php file, or in a plugin, if you’d like to use it.

I used snippets from several sources for this code.

Website Redesign: The new logo

One of the first things we wanted to do with the redesign was fix up the logo.

The old logo had basically just evolved from a pure text logo; it wasn’t something that I’d spent a great deal of time on.

Some old iterations:



So the new logo needed to look a little more intentional, plus it needed to fit with the new website.  I wanted to keep the dandelion, but I’d never really liked the way it was just stuck in the middle of the words.  The other thing I wanted to do was to have a small logo that could sit at the top of the website, and this one did not really work well at a small format.

I’m still playing around with this, as I need to work a bit on how it functions in pure black and white, but rather than let perfect be the enemy of good, it’s being released to the wild with this redesign launch.  I like that the box (shown in a sea blue here) can be done in any color in my website palette.

So by itself (the transparent background is indicated by the grey and white check):


With the name:


Wide Full text version:


Black and White only version:


Designing the new DS website for 2014…

What do they say about the cobbler’s kids having no shoes?  Well, the Dabbled Studios website was looking a bit dated, and wasn’t as easy to keep updated as it should have been, so it was definitely time to squeeze in an upgrade and a bit of a facelift.

Some requirements:

  • Freshen the Logo – the old logo was difficult to read a small sizes, and was basically a text logo with a dash of dandelion.
  • Keep the Dandelion – The dandelion photo (used as a site background) and the dandelion image was definitely branding that we wanted to keep.
  • Have a little fun with the design – we do web design, not corporate accounting.  There was no reason not to be a little creative.   Related: have some fun with CSS3.
  • Be responsive – The old site was not mobile friendly or responsive… that just wasn’t on the radar several years ago when it was designed.
  • Make it easier to update the portfolio with new projects.  Business would get busy and maybe all we’d have time to do was stick up a blog post about a new project completion.  But that project wasn’t making it to our recent projects page.
  • Include some case studies, or at least more extensive writeups, on some featured projects.
  • Create a new Facebook page.

In the next several posts, I’ll talk about what we’ve done, and where we still need to go.