Web design for the music industry

"Ben is an absolute pleasure to work with on every level.
He is extremely good at what he does, and he somehow manages to make the whole process seem very uncomplicated.
He is an absolute find, and I can’t recommend him highly enough."

- Matt Wadsworth (Director), Deux-Elles Records

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Built with best practices to be SEO friendly and accessible to all.

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Loading fast is a top priority to keep users engaged.

Individual

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No templates. Every design is 100% unique to you and fully custom.

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Individual

Rank well

Fast
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Developed to be secure so you don’t have to worry.

penguin in shorts and glasses

No templates. Every design is 100% unique to you and fully custom.

Built with best practices to be SEO friendly and accessible to all.

Image of penguin running

Loading fast is a top priority to keep users engaged.

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Building websites with a focus on clear structure and innovative design

Building websites with a focus on clear structure and innovative design

Services

Website design and development
Profesional UI/UX design and Wordpress development
Maintenance
To make sure your content is up-to-date, everything runs smoothly and is SEO friendly.
Other design jobs
This can include: redesigns, brand identity, logos, flyers, posters,
business cards and custom icons.
Photo editing
I can edit your photos to work well with the website design.
My work process

Recent Projects

dovetail orchestra logo
Norwich Baroque logo
Kid Carpet logo
Jonathan James music logo
Deux Elles logo

Recent Projects

Gunnar Management

Deux Elles

Deux Elles

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Kid Carpet

Kid Carpet

Kid Carpet logo
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Norwich Baroque

Norwich Baroque

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Dovetail Orchestra

Dovetail Orchestra

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Unmeasured Chamber Concerts

Unmeasured Chamber Concerts

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Bristol Pre-Conservatoire

Bristol Pre-Conservatoire

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Jonathan James Music

Jonathan James Music

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From intuitive navigation to responsive design, ensuring an engaging user experience to provide a harmonious online presence.

Work Process

1

Briefing

You fill out a short questionnare and we talk through your brief.
I listen to you and enjoy finding innovative solutions to express your ideas online.

We establish how we would like to communicate with each other to keep it as efficient as possible.

We set a realistic deadline that you're happy with.

2

Design

Moodboards and wireframes to match your vision.

Research is another key factor in this - this includes figuring out what will perform well and what your target audience will want to see to make sure it is a great experience for them.

3

Development

I use Wordpress and write code to develop completely custom websites. Everything will be developed so that the website is responsive, accessible, loading quickly and ranking well on search engines.

For those wondering, the software I use with Wordpress is primarily Bricksbuilder / Elementor Pro, Brickscore and Crocoblock.  I have found these to be the most flexible tools to use when developing something from scratch. If you would like to know more on why, you can read my blog post here: Why I use Wordpress

4

Maintenance

The site still needs to be cared for to make sure it stays secure, loads well,  doesn't crash and the overall SEO is solid.

So what I will do is host the website, make sure everything runs smoothly at peak performance and send you a monthly report with the stats that you'd like to see so you know exactly what's going on in your website. This can include things like keyword tracking, performance analytics, security scans, backups, uptime monitor status, google analytics and any updates from the past month on the site.

If preferred , you can also maintain the website yourself with no ongoing fees aside from the domain name and hosting. If this is the case, I will be happy to show you how to update and take care of your website.
"I love my website which Ben made for me quickly with no fuss. It functions exactly as I need it to, looks great and makes me feel like I'm having a good hair day every time I see it. The redesign brings increased traffic and a solid sense of professionalism. Thank you Ben."

- Ed (Kid Carpet)

kidcarpet.co.uk

About Me

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Hi, I'm Ben =)
I am a web designer and the person behind Icebird Designs.

Some of my hobbies are: playing music, illustration, photography and learning languages.

I have successfully graduated at the OfG, a German institution for design. Since then, I have been working as a freelance web designer building sites for the music industry.

Some of the things I have picked on the way are: design skills, a comprehensive understanding of adobe software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and Wordpress development using the 3 core languages behind any website (HTML, CSS and Javascript).
FAQs

Will I have full control over the website?

Yes.

Each website and design is unique to you and 100% yours.

What is website maintenance?

It is the process of keeping your website up-to-date, running smooothly and performing optimally.

This can include: hosting the site online, content and software updates, monitoring performance analyitics and running security scans to be well optimised at all times, daily backups, website recovery if necessary, bug fixes, making sure everything is aligned with the current web standards and even small redesigns to keep your online presence up-to-date.

It can be as simple as making sure your website is online, its uptime is healthy and doesn’t crash.

More advanced maintenance can also involve analysing user behaviour (eg. engagement/bounce rate), reviewing stats in monthly reports sent to you, SEO strategies, checking for broken links, managing keywords and targeted content updates to optimise for search engines and your target audience.

What is SEO?

SEO stands for search engine optimisation.

It is the key to getting organic traffic to your website over google or any other search engine.

A number of factors can influence the status of your website’s SEO. This can include how semantic and easily-readable the code is for search engines, loading time and the quality of your content.

How will the website be developed?

I use Wordpress (a content management system) to develop every site as it is by far the most flexible tool out there to build a website from scratch.

It is great because it can be used to create completely unique websites with full control over the code and any other plugins that you may want to add. Because of this I can build pretty much any type of website in any style and customise it with very few limitations. 

The software I use on top of Wordpress is: Bricksbuilder, Crocoblock and Brickscore. I use Elementor Pro in some cases.

How much does a website cost?

Website costs start at £1,000. The exact amount will depend on size and complexity. Each project is unique and has it's own scope of work. Although I will say, most web design projects cost less than £2,000.

Feel free to get in touch to discuss what your specific needs are.

More general info in my blog post: How much does a website cost

How much does website maintenance cost?

It is optional but recommended. I can also show you how to maintain your website yourself if preferred.

There are 2 plans that you can choose from the make sure your website is being maintained with best practices and running smoothly: 
-Basic (£25 /month)
-Advanced (£50/month)

What you choose will depend on wether you would like to take a more proactive appraoch (including things like monthly reports, keyword tracking, analytics etc.) vs if you just want the website to be hosted online and performing well.

More info on this in my blog post here

How long does it take to build a website?

With quick and efficient communication: 1 - 3 months depending on the size and complexity of the project.

I find it very helpful to have a realistic deadline that we can both work towards so that communication flows well and there are no misunderstandings.

What makes a good website?

Ultimately it’s whether or not the visitor had a good experience and whether they found what they wanted on the site or not.

What can influence this is: a fast loading time, a memorable but uncomplicated/functional design, information structured in an organised and clean way and a responsive design for mobile devices.

Up-to-date web standards and good SEO are also important so the right target audience can actually find your website in the first place.

Are there things you don't do?

I do not offer the following work:

Copywriting (better if it comes from you),
video content creation,
3d designs,
social media marketing,
rushed work,
illustration,
animation

What will the communication look like?

I prioritise clear and efficient communication.

For this reason, I prefer asynchronous communication via email and trello (a simple website used to organize tasks and communicate during a project) but I am also happy to hop on calls if that's what you would rather do.

Say Hi :)

Feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss a potential project or just ask any questions you might have.

Or schedule a call here