has been making interesting & effective websites since 2000 A.D.
is Sean McHale (designer/websites), often working with other talented folk, drawn from a network that has grown over the last 12 years of trading.
is based in (but not limited to) Bristol (in the West of England).
The National Trust - 'The Big Switch'
Working with the National Trust and Bristol based supplier Lighting Services, BigFig designed and built a unique online system to enable the National Trust to identify and order over 40,000 appropriate replacement energy saving light bulbs for historic houses, offices, shops, restaurants and holiday cottages. This is the feedback BigFig recieved from its clients:
"This project has been a great success. The online system built by BigFig works beautifully.”
(Jon Blackwell – NT procurement 2010)
This project was called 'The Big Switch'. Here's a BBC Breakfast item about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIc_YB5APMs
"I have worked with Sean [BigFig] for several years now and during that period we have worked on many very interesting, challenging and sometimes quite intense projects, always resulting in very satisfactory outcomes… I find him very easy to work with on a personal level. He is extremely professional but also very approachable and trust worthy. He will give you honest advice which is well worth listening too."
(Paul Hargest - Lighting Services 2011)
Carmel Crevola - website/branding CarmelCrevola.com
Carmel Crevola is an international educational consultant who enjoys rave reviews about her web presence. As a consequence BigFig enjoys her praise and recommendation.
"Totally Professional! Sean [BigFig] gave me personalized service and planned and coordinated the build of my website with total attention to every detail. Any requests for alterations amendments or advice were dealt with efficiency and with deep professional expertise… I highly recommend BigFig for your web design needs."
(Carmel Crevola - 2011)
Avis - Avis Training Academy (e-learning) bigfig.co.uk/avis/trainingacademy
BigFig was commissioned by Marlow based FST marketing to produce Avis’ interactive, e-learning ‘training academy’. This resource has now been translated in 7 different languages and has been rolled out to tens of thousands of Avis employees and trading partners.
"Sean is a consummate professional. His extensive knowledge of the digital arena helped us quickly and effectively to create some great work. He really focuses on getting the best results for our clients. I would recommend him without question."
(Mark Howard - FST -founder 2012)
Employees worldwide log on and interact with animated screens. They learn selling techniques, cultural information about their chosen countries and brush up on facts about the fleets of cars specific to their areas.Employees were encouraged to take an online quiz which monitored their learning. A successful score was rewarded with a prize.
SoBRA - website/branding SoBRA.org.uk
BigFig developed the identity and created an online membership management and event booking system for SoBRA, The Society for Brownfield Risk Assessment.
"SoBRA is highly grateful to BigFig who’s website design has helped mature SoBRA from the fledgling group it was to the well respected society we are today. Working with a modest budget, Sean produced a website, membership database and conference booking facility that fully engages our members whilst dramatically reducing the time the committee spend administering the society, giving us more time to focus on our core
objectives. Sean has proved to be great value for money and continues to work with us to evolve our website as the society grows."
(Simon Firth - SoBRA 2013)
GL50 Serviced Apartments - website/branding gl50ServicedApartments.co.uk
An intuitive online booking system is driven by an intuitive content management system, allowing the managers of this property to easily edit content and accommodation prices to suit their changing needs.
"We worked with Sean on creating a fully live website and on-line booking system for our GL50 Serviced Apartments in Cheltenham. Sean's attitude and work was great from the beginning and he worked closely with us on every aspect of the new website from the design to the functionality. We are top 3 in the Google rankings. The results are great and the website, with its on-line booking system,
drives almost all of the trade to the apartments without any call for expensive staff to manage the booking process. We would be very happy to recommend Sean to any potential client"
(Mike Mellor - GL50 2012)
Event Flag Hire - website/branding EventFlagHire.com
Event Flag Hire is enjoying great success, with new business driven by the website. The branding was applied across the company vehicles, packaging and electronic and paper stationary.
"Sean not only built me an amazing website; he helped me figure out exactly what I was trying to say, to what audience and in what manner... very patiently at that! Sean gave The Event Flag Hire Company its gorgeous identity. I am totally chuffed with the site and Google loves it too! It looks professional, beautiful and is very user friendly. I honestly think it is
thanks to Sean that my business has moved from a part time hobby to a fully-fledged successful business. He advises me on my marketing strategy and continues to help me develop my brand. I am very glad that he was recommended to me. "
(Klare England - 2012)
Screenflex - website Screenflex.co.uk
Time-lapse video, Flash animations and an interactive colour picker have all help Screenflex (UK) their position as market leaders.
"We are very happy with the work Sean [BigFig] did for us. He did what he said he would in the timescale and the budget."
(Alex Ayers - Screenflex MD 2011)
Visa - Interactive magazine / Visa Cemea Screensavers
BigFig was employed to produce the Visa/Fifa interactive magazine for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa. This was a highly technical, witty online resource featuring extensive interactive animations on every page.
BigFig, in conjunction with FST marketing, have produced several screensavers and substantial inter/intranet content for the Cemea division of Visa.
"[BigFig] Sean's work is exceptional"
(Mark Howard - FST -founder 2012)
Here are screenshots of the Visa/Fifa 2010 Fifa World Cup magazine:
Within the magazine every page is dynamic, animated and interactive:
This Visa Cemea animation shows translucent jigsaw pieces building to deliver the sponsor's message:
The Reforged Sword - website/branding TheReforgedSword.com
"Dear Sean, What I loved about working with you was the intelligence, understanding and attention to detail you brought to the project. The areas where my vision was clear, you were able to implement and render visually to a standard beyond that which I had in mind; the areas where I was less sure, you were able to bring your superb design skills to the table and offer ingenious solutions, the result being a website of great beauty, clarity and usability. I received another piece of feedback this morning. It said, "Wow!" "
(John Miller 2012)
Sir John Jones - website/branding SirJohnJones.com
Sir John’s monogram and website were crafted by BigFig. John, a leading educational consultant, enjoys using the content management system to update his content.
Strongbuild - website Strongbuild.co.uk
Strongbuild is a property development, property management and investment business based in Clifton, Bristol. Owner/manager Neil Edwards writes:
"With only the vaguest of guidelines from me you came up with some excellent ideas and translated them into first class images that are presented professionally and with a great deal of punch. Since using this website, many friends and business associates have commented on how good and professional it looks. Furthermore, whilst I wrote much of the text, you then kindly made helpful suggestions to
make it read more fluidly and it came across a great deal more professionally. All in all you provided an excellent service; you are very approachable, honest and trustworthy. But most importantly you clearly understand the client's needs even though you do not work in my specific line of business. It seemed that nothing was too much effort and I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to anybody needing improvements in their own website or a brand-new one for a new image. Thanks so much once again"
(Neil Edwards - 2012)
National Allergy Strategy Group nasguk.org
BigFig developed an online presence for the NASG, employing social media links and online petitions to boost efficacy of this strategy and campaign organisation. This organisation makes regular updates using the user-friendly content management system provided.
"We'd strongly recommend Sean and Big Fig for your organisation. Sean built our website from nothing and was extremely patient with me as well as offering an insight into the more technical side of what was required and allowing me to ensure the site had the necessary capabilities.
We had a very tight deadline for the launch as we were committed to a number of separate publications and we managed to meet each of these through a lot of dedication on Sean's part."
(Mandy East - NASG 2011)
Jim Giles - website/branding JimGiles.net
Jim Giles is a science jounalist based in San Francisco.
"Sean took the time to understand my business and to understand what I wanted from my site. Then he delivered a design that I love and that continues to work well for me. He got it right first time, so the site has required almost no work since then. But when I have asked for minor changes he has always been on hand to help. It's been great working with him!"
(Jim Giles - 2012)
Lycra - brand development
In 2009/10 BigFig were asked by DewGibbons, the leading London based beauty brand consultants, to contribute to the rebranding of Lycra®. Our contribution was to develop the animated 'swooshy' and wavy strips now synonymous with the brand.
Story board and screen shots of streachy, swooshy Lycra® strip.
Tallulah Swirls - website TallulahSwirls.co.uk
Puppeteer Amy easily updates her site using her intuitive content management system.
"My website is my most important marketing tool and it is essential that it is utterly fabulous. Sean McHale's creativity, technical expertise and brilliant sense of design and fun provided exactly what I needed. He listens carefully, offers excellent advice and has helped my business to flourish"
(Amy Lloyd-Jones - 2012)
Gonzo Moose Theatre Company - website/branding website archive
A humorous flash website promoting this quirky travelling theatre company.