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Dunia Frontier Consultants

A business website for the 21st century

Project Type: Web

Launched: June 2012

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A Business Website for the 21st Century

Dunia Frontier Consultants is a unique company. With offices on three continents, Dunia provides consulting services to companies operating on the frontiers of the developing world (and we’re not just talkin’ about the Bronx). They provide reporting, market analysis, and business development services to clients throughout the Middle East, and have been featured in USA Today, Bloomberg, and CNBC–not too shabby. Spruce handled design, layout, and development on their original website, and recently pushed an update to re-vamp their e-Commerce capabilities.

The Dunia homepage features a content slider up top with side by side modules for a scrolling research blog and news updates. The whole site’s powered by a single WordPress installation, so everything’s dynamically pulled into the homepage by assigning each post to specific categories. The site design is optimized to be navigable and readable while remaining visually attractive. We’re not afraid of white space, and we know how to use it. Each static page has an accompanying image beneath the sub-navigation menu to provide just a splash of color.

Dunia Single Page

A large part of Dunia’s appeal is its international flavor. In an effort to show their locations in a creative way, we cooked up an interactive map using the tools at ammap.com. Though it uses Flash, we forgive it (this time), because it’s just so darn cool.

Dunia Frontier map

In our most recent update we increased the e-Commerce capabilities of the Dunia Frontier website using our good friend WP-eCommerce (see our blog for some tips & tricks). We added a variable price subscription newsletter, and a private archive (with its own searchable database) containing past issues, available only to premium subscribers. The store accepts credit cards through authorize.net, as well as PayPal and manual payments.

Dunia Frontier store

If you’re a small to medium size business looking for a well-designed website that speaks to your customers or clients, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We also love helping out with all manner of design work, from business cards and letterhead to annual reports and office decor.

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Wise men have said, "All good things must come to an end", and so it was with Spruce. We began our first project in 2006, and completed our last in Fall 2013. It's been a wonderful experience, but now it's time to begin the next adventure.

Though...we wouldn't want to leave you hanging, now would we? Here are our top recommendations for world-class branding, design, and web development:

  • Kristina (KJ) Parish and Beam Collective:
    KJ provided the artistic vision that allowed Spruce to succeed, and we still think she's the greatest designer in the entire world. She's started a new collective with some talented developers, and is covering much the same territory as Spruce--design and development all under one roof, with a caliber of service and professionalism seldom seen in this business or any other. If you like what you see on the Spruce site, then definitely get in touch with KJ at kj@beamcollective.com
  • Permanent Art & Design
    Permanent is a nationally recognized design & branding firm out of Minneapolis, MN. They've been a long term collaborator and strategic partner over the past couple years, and we'd recommend them for medium to large sized businesses/organizations who are serious about putting their best foot forward. In addition to design, Permanent offers strategy and marketing services, plus in-house and networked developers. For more information contact Joseph Belk joseph@permanentadg.com
  • Nate Thompson
    A freelancer, Nate reminds us of ourselves back in the day. Smart, communicative, and skilled, Nate is our recommendation for small to medium sized businesses/organizations who have sites built on Wordpress or other open source content management solutions. With a background in both design and development, he's a one-stop shop for most web-related tasks. You can get in touch at nate.a.thompson@gmail.com
  • Kevin DeBernardi
    Designer turned developer, Kevin is embarking on a freelance web career after working as the in-house designer at the Museum of the City of New York. He's adept at translating his design ideas into custom PHP code, and is constantly expanding his technical palette. Kevin's a good choice for projects that don't quite fit into the Wordpress mold, and that would benefit from a consistency of presence and vision from design through execution. Kevin can be reached at kevin@analoglifestyle.com