I was on Facebook or Google Plus about a week ago and I meant to write a post about what I saw, but you know how it is… things are busy and things get pushed back. Today, I finally got around to doing it. So my friend had posted a picture of himself at a wedding he went to in Vancouver somewhere. He was wearing some crazy looking hat, ginormous glasses and a paper moustache. hahah… what?!
Well, he had good reason to—he was in one of those new fandangled photo booth thingies that are so popular these days at weddings, birthdays, grads and stuff. I’ve been in a couple myself, once at a work event and another at my buddy’s birthday party. They’re a lot of fun!
Naturally, I was intrigued so I took a look at some more of the photos and then checked out which company was behind it all.
The guys, or should I say “guy”, behind it all was Vancouver’s That Photo Booth Guy. I only talk about branding, design, and websites that I’m impressed by on this blog… so here’s what impressed me about this photo booth rental company:
1 – EPIC LOGO
- boring plain text
- “fancy” text logo that’s almost always poorly done and makes me cringe
- a super cheesy graphic of something to do with either a lens, camera or photo booth (again, always poorly done and looks dated) OR
- an attempt at a graphic logo but always looks like awful clipart from the 90s…
So, finding this happy little guy was a real treat for me. The logo is not only well done, he’s cute, has good character, tasteful, and he’s wearing some fun looking props that sort of makes you want to get into a photo booth yourself.
Again, unique, very original and not some lame cookie cutter thing that looks like everyone else’s logo.
2 – WEBSITE DESIGN
- Fixed Navigation and Sidebar
When you scroll up and down, only the centre part moves. The navigation on the left and the quote form on the right stay in place. I think this is really neat because it’s always handy to have the navigation visible so you can click to another page without needing to scroll up and down. Having the navigation on the left hand side is quite unique. The fixed sidebar is also a neat way to keep the call to action conveniently accessible.
Everything is responsive and it’s quite the feat when you have tricky features like the fixed navigation and sidebar. Go onto their site and try it out. The first thing to shift is the sidebar, which gets sent to the bottom of the page. This is a little bit of a bummer because the call to action is no longer nudging the user to act, but the little link at the very top is a nice touch to make it easy for people to get a quote.Once you shrink things down a little more, the navigation pops up to the top and it rearranges itself to what you see in the image to the right. A little nice touch here is that the menu button actually says “menu” instead of the typical “three lines” icon.
- Simple and Classy
Overall, the website is really simple and classy, yet has that charming quaint character to it. The simple monochromatic color scheme lets the photographs really shine, which is a really smart play and does the job well. The only other color you really see there is the eye-catching green. The green is only used for the call to action—textbook awesomeness.
I took a look at their other social media outlets like Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter, and there doesn’t seem to be much action there—something they can definitely improve on… They do have some consistent cover graphics going on though, which is great.
Really cool, “That Photo Booth Guy”…. really cool…
I’m impressed by your branding and I hope I get to try out your photo booth service in person sometime in the near future. I’d like to see the product behind this cool branding and see if it lives up to the reputation ;).