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Shiki (London Ontario)
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.
Mike, we can't thank you enough for the amazing job you did at building our website. B&MS
The feedback was very positive — people said it reflects my personality, is easy to navigate, well laid-out and fun! NL
Hey, and by the way, our Google ranking is amaaaaazing now. We are top three for most searches now. Thank you for everything you do for us. We are getting tons of jobs just from searches, so we are thrilled. MS
Mike... the info and service I received was beyond my expectations. AE
I have been getting a lot of calls from the website and others have been checking it out before coming to view the units. They are all saying how great the website looks. Congrats on a great job well done. ED
Mike, I just got my first assignment from the web site! I had cold emailed a business publication last week and they just called. They had obviously looked at the site...so thanks! NL
...the font style and size, the graphics/colours of the layout-all make it easy to navigate and read, attractive, professional yet friendly...
There is one thing I can say about it. I love it! I am sure the client will too. MU
We have received great feedback and will wholeheartedly refer you to whoever we can. It has been and absolute pleasure working with you. Sincerely, B&MS
Overall - very cool, very easy to navigate...
[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. designmeltdown.com on shiki.ca
Looks great - thanks. And I just landed my second assignment thanks to the site (and a good pitch)! NL
Thanks, I have a lot of people who have seen the web site. A lot of people coming to see and apply have seen it before they came. RS
Overall, it looks great, is easy to get around in...
Well! and woo-eee that is a very fine web site. Obviously well thought out...
FYI we've had lots of compliments on the site. Looks good. GP
All the one-bedrooms are full and I have two two-bedrooms taken today and paid first cheques for them. I think it has lot to do with the website. RS
We've been getting much positive feed back about the web site.... so many thanks again for all your hard work. CP
Everything looks A-OK to me. Launch it! Go live! Yee-ha! MG
We have had many favourable comments over the last months about the web site. CP
Thanks again for all the efforts. The website has never looked so good. ED
Just checked out the site. Looks greatttttttttttt. ED
Overall, it looks great to me, accessible and easily readable, great images...
Mike, just thought I would pass along this very nice compliment on the website from one of my engineers. Regards, DL
I think that we should put this up today.... Thanks a lot it is more than I expected. RS
Thanks for everything....... everyone loves your work. SA
Thanks for making us look professional. AM
Nice job on the websites... TR
Love it!! Waiting for your call. JK