Posts by Barbara Schendel

Charley, Woodland Hills Church

We recently completed a major site overhaul that Barbara led, and she was (and continues to be) a joy to work with. She is excellent on the technology end, understands the nuances and complexity of user interactions, and has an eye for design – all of which are critical on web site projects. But she’s…

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Featured web project: Woodland Hills Church

Featured Case Study: Woodland Hills Church How do you organize and present thousands of sermons and hundreds of classes, events & volunteer opportunities in a simple, easy-to-navigate interface?  A new look for a large churchCompleted last fall, this large church reachers around 3000 in-person members and tens of thousands of podrishioners each week. Their previous…

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Scheduling WooCommerce sale dates

I was surprised by how hard it was to find this seemingly fundamental piece of information: when you schedule a product to be on sale to and from specified dates, does the sale go THROUGH the last day listed, or UP UNTIL the last day listed? I submitted a ticket and even he had to…

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Sheila, Jumpn Gymnastics

“I appreciated Barbara’s design style, professionalism, and responsiveness. Working with Barbara was a 10. She is wonderful.” JumpnGymnastics.com

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Ross, Kramers Music

“Working with Barbara was a pleasant experience. She was always receptive to my calls. She never made me feel like I was wasting her time with my questions. This was all new to me, and sometimes it’s difficult to put something graphical that is in your mind into words. She was able to make it…

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Karen, Access 2 Tanzania

“The redesign has been a great relief to the business. Barbara was able to work with us and was always extremely responsive and helpful. The personalized service and care is what we were seeking, has been wonderful and we truly appreciate that. I’m especially thankful that the site doesn’t crash. No glitches! Any issues we…

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Dan, Step PT

“Barbara, I just wanted to let you know about how many wonderful compliments we have received about our website! Thank you for the millionth time for doing such great work, being patient with me, helping me and, in the end, improving our clinic and business! Keep up the awesome work! You rock!!” http://www.steppt.com/

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Ted L, ellul.org

Thanks, Barbara, for helping us up the steep mountainside and over the summit of our web-building project. We appreciated the way you worked with our own design preferences and content. We are also glad for the ongoing partnership and support system. Again, many thanks! International Jacques Ellul Society

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Como Park Lutheran

We have had the pleasure of working with Barbara at Wizzy Wig Design for a few years now and she has continually been a joy. She has always responded to our requests for help in a timely manner and she has kept our website up to date — which hasn’t always been easy. When we…

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Chad Larson, AM950 Radio

Barbara has been great to work with for many years. Because she is not a large firm she has been easier to work with on our projects. She is always responsive and comes with great ideas. Working with a smaller independent business has also let to less expenses while getting hands on advice. Throughout our…

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Jesus Kitchen

This logo is for a small nonprofit ministry which serves a population of diverse “nomads”.

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ReKnew

As part of our website redesign completed in 2015, we also refreshed ReKnew’s logo. Secondary “favicon” version of the logo:

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Perc Works

We created this logo (and the website) for a small online seller who makes percussion mallets and accessories.

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Woodland Hills Church

This large church in Minnesota draws thousands of visitors from around the country either in person or through the podcast, partly due to the notoriety of their senior pastor Greg Boyd. The website has lots of custom-coded functionality, including the ability to search and filter sermons, classes, volunteer opportunities, and events. The theme was custom-coded…

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AM950 Radio

I’ve been working with this Twin Cities radio station since 2003, back when Al Franken was just first starting his radio show. We have gone through a few iterations of their website, the most recent having been launched in September of 2017. There is a dynamic show schedule which assembles a responsive table of showtimes…

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How to tell if an email is a scam or phishing

I often get emails from clients asking me about the legitimacy of messages they get, and here are a couple of common ones that I wanted to bring to your attention: 1) Fake Domain Expirations: A common scam is from companies warning you that your domain is about to expire, and trying to get you…

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TribeNet.org

Created for ReKnew, this site was created to help visitors find people and churches (which share a similar theology) near them. It uses a custom post type (for the churches) with custom fields (using ACF), which are populated by Gravity Forms, and geolocated by a geomashup plugin. It also has a membership feature (using Ultimate…

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Give Us Wings

GiveUsWings.org is a nonprofit dedicated to Rebuilding Villages and Restoring Hope in Kenya and Uganda. They wanted a website that demonstrated their unique approach and showcased the positive achievements they have had, and also made it easy for people to participate. To that end, we modernized their logo, created a website running a custom theme…

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Create a Stripe customer without capturing a charge

A small but important difference between the Gravity Forms +Stripe plugin from Gravity+ vs the “official” Stripe addon by Gravity forms, is that the latter does not automatically create a Stripe customer on Products/Services charges. This means you do not have access to customer payment info, for example if your form charges a deposit and…

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Treks 2 Rwanda

Treks 2 Rwanda provides expertly guided tours and safaris to Rwanda. The website treks2rwanda.com is a sister site to access2tanzania.com which offers tours and safaris in neighboring Tanzania.

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Minneapolis Grain Exchange

For three years running we have created the annual report for the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. Since its inception in 1881, MGEX has been the principal market for Hard Red Spring Wheat (HRSW) – first as a cash market, then futures and options. They have three buildings located in downtown Minneapolis, including the historic main building…

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ReKnew.org

A large blog for well-known theologian Greg Boyd, ReKnew.org features thousands of posts which are categorized using multiple custom taxonomies (category, topic and bible verse). The design was created with usability and distraction-free reading as the most important goal. It resulted in a crisp, clean site with minimal navigation and shortcuts back to the topic…

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Prosthodontic Associates

Prosthodontics is a type of dentistry related to cosmetic dentistry… they do dental implants, dentures, that sort of thing. Since they perform medical services, using a regular simple contact form was out of the question because of HIPAA rules (which protect patient information, so you can’t just send them over a regular web connection). So…

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Sencha Tea Bar – Tea Catalog

Formerly the Tea Garden/Steepery Tea Bar, Sencha Tea Bar has recently undergone an ownership and rebranding as Sencha Tea Bar. They have over 100 kinds of loose leaf tea in their stores, all beautifully detailed in this richly detailed image-heavy catalog.

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International Jacques Ellul Society

The International Jacques Ellul Society connects scholars and friends who share a common interest in the legacy of philosopher and theologian Jacques Ellul (1912–94). This site 40 pages of mobile-friendly content about Jacques Ellul, his writings and his major themes. “Thanks, Barbara, for helping us up the steep mountainside and over the summit of our…

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Wingspan Life

Wingspan Life Resources is a non-profit organization that offers residential care in group homes and in-home programs to adults with developmental disabilities. We gave them a modern site that was crisp, clean and simple, with a very clear call to action — this in turn has resulted in an increase in much-needed donations. You can…

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Jumpn Gymnastics

Sheila runs a successful gymnastics school called jumpngymnastics.com. “We teach gymnastics to boys and girls ages 3 to 6th grade. Our goal is that kids will learn to be fit, learn to use their muscles, and learn how to be positive in either success or failure. The main thing is for them to have fun…

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VOSH Minnesota

VOSH Minnesota is a nonprofit dedicated to providing vision care services for people around the world who cannot afford or do not have access to vision care. The site features automated/scheduled post updates (from “upcoming” missions to “past” missions) and customized display of past missions so that only ones with photos or sufficient content show up as clickable.…

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Access Financial Services

This website was created in partnership with Kazoo Branding of Minneapolis. Much of what this site features is on the back end, unseen by the user: redundant backups, activity stream for admins to track changes, easy adding/removal of staff members, etc. You can see it at accessafs.com.

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Kramers School of Music

Ross Fishman runs a successful music school in Minnesota called Kramers Music. “We can accommodate 400-500 students,” he says, and “at any given time we could be hosting over a hundred classes.” Having so many classes leads to major design challenges. Specifically, from a customer perspective, registering for a class requires sifting through a great…

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Step Physical Therapy

When Step Physical Therapy first contact us, they had an old outdated website which they were embarrassed to show people. We refreshed the logo and the site (and moved to the WordPress platform). Since making this change, their SEO scores have gone way up — and so have their sales! “Barbara, I just wanted to…

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Access 2 Tanzania

Karen and Brian run a successful business called Access 2 Tanzania. After living in Tanzania for 2 years, Brian Singer now helps people go on the adventure of a lifetime with the help of his wonderful guides and all of his local connections there. Their travel services have always been amazing. Their website has not…

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Play Tap Go

Play Tap Go teaches music lessons for young children. They are unique in that rather than having a single brick-and-mortar location, they travel to daycares. This allows them to teach kids all around the metro area. The site features a class registration system. You can see their site at http://playtapgo.com.

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BVocal

BVocal came to me with a very outdated site — we brought it up to date, and greatly expanded it. The site now features an integrated class registration system, an appointment-scheduler, audio and video samples.

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Cyndi Dale

Cyndi Dale is a well-known teacher, author and spiritual counselor with a following around the country. Her site has a online store with a large selection of her books, audio programs, videos, as well as the ability to sign up for one-on-one coaching. You can see her site at http://cyndidale.com/.

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Perc-Works

This is an e-commerce site (the client sells custom-made percussion mallets) running WooCommerce.

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