The Wave of the Future – Collaborative Efforts

What has become a win-win situation between web design firms and businesses is being exercised in the latest redesign of the Acacia / Marketplace/ Tohono Chul Tea Room website(s).  A situation of mutual respect for the design firm, Co-Op Web, the business, Acacia and the economy.

The owners of the Acacia family of restaurants, Albert Hall and Lila Yamashiro and Ana Lewis, CEO of Co-Op Web, decided that a new site redesign needed to happen, especially in light of the addition of the Marketplace and the Tea Room.  However, the economy was not cooperating with the expansion needs.  So, we came up with a compromise.  Acacia

Co-Op Web designed the new site and installed a Client Management System (CMS), and Acacia input the site’s content.  Now, CMS’s are not new, we have been installing them for years, what makes this unusual is the collaborative effort, which, in this case, started from the point of conception.  Typically we design, install, put in the content and hand it over to the client to manage.  In this case, we were all involved during the construction.  It took a little more time, but both client and designer had a hand in the entire birthing of this tri-fold site.

The result is as follows:

  • Acacia: kryptonite and glass were the color motif used to create this contemporary site.   We thought this custom color was perfect to showcase Albert Hall’s award-winning culinary skills most effectively.  We utilized a Flash intro with his food shots for a clean, polished look.
  • The Marketplace: Take-out with style is what the Marketplace brings to us –  so we got personal.  Acacia provided us with line-drawings of Albert at work.  The concentration and realness in those drawings helps to make this a more intimate experience – one you can take home.
  • Tohono Chul Tea Room:  a welcoming historic home located in a natural desert park, a haven  for bird-watchers and the best prickly pear lemonade in town is the setting for an Albert Hall culinary experience.  We used sepia tones to bring out the history, with a colored photo of the outdoor patio dining, to illustrate this very special place in the Sonoran desert.

Please visit this collaborative effort between business and design firm and let us know if your company would like to be considered for the same.

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