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Shiki (London Ontario)

Shiki Japanese Restaurant (London Ontario) website displayed on an LCD monitor

Web Design & Hanko/Logo Redesign for Shiki Japanese Restaurant Website

Shiki is one of the best places to eat in London Ontario. I used to spend my student loans and work study money here and still come here often on special occasions or to discuss business. The atmosphere of this and similar places helped me decide to leave for Asia, where I invested over six years of my life - two in Seoul and four in Tokyo, where my first daughter was born.

The wave is from a woodblock print of Hakusai's “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”, also known as “The Great Wave”, sometimes “Tidal Wave” or simply “The Wave”, circa 1830. Some restaurant customers wondered whether using tsunami for signage could be appropriate considering destruction the waves bring. However, the Japanese title does not suggest the wave is a tsunami but simply a large wave; finally, the picture does not celebrate natural disasters but rather human struggle against the humbling forces of nature – have a closer look at the fishermen on the boats.

I put in the time to work “The Great Wave” in only 49 colours, sometimes pixel by pixel, to keep the file small enough for the slower, back then, internet connections. This was critical as the layout of all pages is based around the image of the wave. Design Meltdown wrote about the design that [W]ith a single element you not only get a beautiful eye catching image, but you get insight into the site, not to mention a massive design element to style the site around.

While I had built the original website and then taken care of it for over ten years, the current Shiki website looks different and is not my work; it was put together and is being maintaned by the owner's daughter to keep immediate control over the hours, prices, specials and menu updates.

Do visit Shiki and tell Mariko San  that Mike sent you. The restaurant is hidden away in the back of the plaza at 715 Wellington Road South London, Ontario. Enjoy.

Better yet, let us meet over at Shiki and split the bill to talk about your new website design or redesign. Call me at 519 685-3904.


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