Introducing Clearleft | September 21, 2005

It has been a long time coming, but today I’m pleased to announce the launch of my new company website, clearleft.com.

clearleft-homepage.png

Clearleft is a web design consultancy founded in Brighton, England by myself, Jeremy Keith and Richard Rutter. All having very similar interests and outlooks, we decided that it was time to pool our resources and start working on the kinds of projects we wanted to work on.

We have been hinting at the existence of Clearleft for a while now. The logo made its first public appearance on me and Jeremy’s SXSW05 slides six months ago, albeit without the company name and tag line.

Clearleft Logo

The company itself was soft launched during @media 2005. We didn’t want to make a huge song and dance about our launch, preferring simply to introduce ourselves as Clearleft directors, and adding a link to our holding page on our slides.

We did however hand out a number of our newly printed (ink still wet) business cards, which got a very favourable response. Mostly as it gave people something to read on the train home.

Clearleft business cards

We started building our company site several months ago, however what with client work and book writing commitments, the site has taken a while to perfect. The design actually came about very quickly, but honing the content took the time.

The site is very much in the first stage of development. I actually wanted to add a permanent beta tag to the logo like so many other sites,. However Rich and Jeremy wisely vetoed the idea. Once things have settled down we will be adding case studies, articles, press releases and a new blog.

In the meantime, I’d like to invite you all over to check out our new home. We’d love to hear what you think, so feel free to wander around, check inside the cupboards and let us know what you think of the decor. Just remember to wipe your feet on the way in.

If you like what you see and want to work with us, please feel free to get in touch.

Posted at September 21, 2005 2:56 PM

Comments

Nazim said on September 21, 2005 3:17 PM

Great!….Good luck in your new venture. Welcome to the world of “being your own boss”!

Barry Bloye said on September 21, 2005 3:24 PM

I thought you’d been going for ages until I saw the Brighton New Media post the other day. I guess the “soft launch” worked!

I love the company livery - identifiable (?) but not busy. And, dare I say it, a little Apple-y!

David Horn said on September 21, 2005 3:24 PM

It’s a lovely looking site - and good luck with the company.

Can you share with us why you chose not to have a contact form on your site - just to have phone and email? Just curious … !

David

Josh Dura said on September 21, 2005 3:45 PM

Damn, thats one fine looking logo. Great work Andy!

Abdelrahman Osama said on September 21, 2005 3:51 PM

great good luck.

David Longworth said on September 21, 2005 4:30 PM

I didn’t know Clear:left was your gang Andy! The site looks great, good luck with it all.

Matt Dempsey said on September 21, 2005 6:25 PM

Looks great, I also had seen the site before, can’t remember where from, but had no idea it was you. Great work…

Tomas Jogin said on September 21, 2005 6:25 PM

Fantastic design, Andy. It’s big, fresh, inviting and just overall wonderful. I love this new big-and-happy looking trend, as opposed to the illegibly-small-and-trashy trend from a few years ago.

Best of luck, I’m going to send this link to my colleagues. Great job guys.

Gerard McGarry said on September 21, 2005 7:14 PM

Love the logo Andy, great job! Good luck to you and the others at Clearleft.

Lance Willett said on September 21, 2005 9:00 PM

Andy, congrats! It’s great to see a company that focuses solely on standards/access/usability consulting. That is my ultimate dream job…

Best of luck with everything; I will watching and reading the new site with great interest.

Keith said on September 21, 2005 9:05 PM

Congrats and good luck. The site looks great, the logo is awesome and I love them cards.

I’m not surprised the content was hard, it always is eh? In anycase, I’m sure you guys will do great!

Tanny O'Haley said on September 21, 2005 9:34 PM

I noticed that you printed on both sides of your business card. I found this really useful Business card productivity tip… where you put action information on the back of the card so that whoever gets your card can put notes on the back and remember what you talked about. It’s pretty cool.

Tanny O'Haley said on September 21, 2005 9:37 PM

It looks like Textile didn’t like the url. The actual url is:

http://www.ericmackonline.com/ica/blogs/emonline.nsf/dx/heres-an-analog-productivity-tip-…

The ending dash and three periods are part of the url.

Jonathan said on September 21, 2005 9:42 PM

Love the site but especially love the new logo. Congrats.

JaX said on September 21, 2005 10:34 PM

Hot damn, I love that logo. Those business cards are also well done. Here’s to business!

Shaun Gummere said on September 22, 2005 12:49 AM

Lovely! Best of luck.

Ara Pehlivanian said on September 22, 2005 3:44 AM

Congrats on the launch of the site & company! All the best!

Deny said on September 22, 2005 5:24 AM

congratz, Mr. Andy.
hope that your new company
will bring you into another success.

great logo and elegant bussiness letter, sir :)

sole said on September 22, 2005 7:08 AM

I hope your new company brings new ubercool css powered sites - which can serve as an example for others :)
Good luck!!

Stuart Maynard-Keene said on September 22, 2005 9:23 AM

Hope it goes well for you three, I think starting you’re own web business with all that competition is quite a daunting prospect, but when you are head and shoulders above the majority you have got the best credentials to succeed!

Phu said on September 22, 2005 12:54 PM

Love the logo and the business cards! Best of luck though I doubt that you guys need it:)

Dave Marks said on September 22, 2005 1:05 PM

Very Nice - I echo all the comments here… must kick my designers butt and get our website built.

One thing though… Are you sure your 0845 number is internationaly routeable? ie +44 only I have one and I’m pretty sure its not - may depend where you got it from I suppose.

Steve Ganz said on September 22, 2005 3:32 PM

A squeaky clean and beautiful design coupled with a nice flexible layout. Lifting up the hood reveals perfect document structure and the finest use of semantic markup all served up in the name of true accessibility.

Outstanding.

Congratulations and best wishes!

Brett said on September 22, 2005 6:38 PM

Great looking site. My only complaint is that the left menu shifts according to the length of the testimonial.

Best of luck!

Matthew Steiner said on September 22, 2005 11:59 PM

I love your logo! Design of the site is pretty plain jane though.

Tbone said on September 23, 2005 4:49 AM

That’s a nifty idea to put your firm description on your business card. I’m gonna do that myself if you don’t mind :)

Simon R Jones said on September 23, 2005 8:07 AM

excellent site - like the card too, i picked one up at @media

good luck with it all

Sadish said on September 23, 2005 2:15 PM

Yeah, It is a great looking website.

It definitely shows how much efforts have been put into that.

but as David mentioned, I also would like you to have a contact form, and I dont think anyone will download and fill up a rtf document, before talking to you.

Good luck !

Marc said on September 24, 2005 7:22 AM

Very clean and fresh Andy and the content explains your business well.
One reservation…. for me, the peeling Elastoplast is a turn-off.
I’m so glad that the proposal to call the business’table:draw’ was thrown out early in the concept stage ;-)

C Montoya said on September 25, 2005 2:16 AM

The launch of this site came just a few days before I finished my latest project, which just so happened to be a gallery of attractive liquid designs. I like clearleft.com so much I put it there.

I think clearleft.com sets a great example for web designers. I just wish there were more sites like it.

I look forward to seeing a redesign of this blog too. Impress us!

Collin Allen said on September 25, 2005 8:05 AM

I love the logo, as well as the vertical business cards! Good luck!

Tim Uruski said on September 25, 2005 6:00 PM

Wow! Great logo design. Green has been my favourite colour for a good long time and it’s suddenly starting to catch on. Best of luck to all involved!

Rob said on September 30, 2005 1:01 PM

Best of luck Andy. You have a great looking ID there, I look forward to seeing the clear left output. Very exciting.