Five J Design Blog

How to Catch a Leprechaun: finding the pot of gold from your website.

Posted by Sawyer Vanden Heuvel on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 13:03 PM

On St. Patrick's Day, I'm sure your day is full of green: green clothes, green rivers, green clovers, and green beer. Do you know what else is green? Cash. In a business we're always trying to find more of that green. More leads. More sales. More customers. How do we find the green we are looking for?

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Tags: Web Design

The Best Resources for Small Business Owners

Posted by Sawyer Vanden Heuvel on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 @ 15:03 PM

Owning a small business has enough challenges. 

If you're a small business owner, you know the energy it takes just to operate. You're the bookkeeper, the "IT guy", sales, and marketing all wrapped into one person! So how do you get everything done in a day? Fortunately, there are many tools that can make your jobs easier so you can focus on what matters most in your business. 

We've compiled a list of resources that are mostly free for you to use and ones we recommend to our clients almost daily. Why? Because most of these tools are ones that we use here at Five J Design. After all, we're a small business just like you. 


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Tags: Startup, Graphic Design, Web Design, Online Marketing

What grade does your website get?

Posted by Zach Bauer on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 @ 13:02 PM

We all remember the dreaded day our school report cards were sent out. I know I always personally hated that week! I never knew what I would find when I opened that letter, or worse when my parents saw the report. I always hoped I had done well enough to pass the class but I was never confident. So many times we approach our websites with the same unsettled feelings. Is my website good enough? How does my website stack up against the competition? What can I do to make it better? 

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Tags: Web Design

5 Cringe-worthy website design mistakes!

Posted by Zach Bauer on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 @ 10:02 AM

How many times have you stumbled upon a website and been frustrated with how to navigate through it or been turned off because the graphics are outdated? You would think in today's world that most websites would be up-to-date and relevant. Unfortunately, that's not the case.

Let's take a look at some of the most common cringe worthy website design mistakes we all make:

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Tags: Sioux Falls, New Business, Brand, Web Design, design

Top 4 Ways to Keep your Website Relevant in 2016

Posted by Lacey Wright on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 @ 13:02 PM

Having a website that is relevant and fresh is just as important as having a website at all. The main way to do this is to keep your content fresh. Below are a few ways you can you can do this. 

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Tags: Web Design

[FEATURED] Table of Grace Website Design

Posted by Sawyer Vanden Heuvel on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 @ 07:02 AM

 Here at 5j Design we take pride in the work we are able to do for our clients as well as the impact that many of them are having on our community. Recently we finished a website design for Table of Grace, a mission start church in the Harrisburg, SD area. You can check out the work they are doing as well as their new website at

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Tags: Web Design, design

Web Design: Looks Vs Brains. You can have both!

Posted by Jake Peterson on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

Everyone wants a functional, beautiful website that takes their visitors breath away!

"Wow look at that! Did you see that graphic, amazing! ohhh ahhhh!"

As a designer we love "oohhhs" and "ahhs" with our designs. As marketers, if we really boil down what this website should be doing, we might need to rethink the "ohhs' for a more to-the-point message that ends up with results. Results being new business directly from your website.

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Tags: Web Design, Inbound Marketing, design

Responsive Web Design - What is it? Why is it essential?

Posted by Sawyer Vanden Heuvel on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 @ 13:01 PM

It seems like we're a broken record when it comes to talking about responsive design, but the matter of fact is that many websites we come across here at 5j Design are not built with responsive web design. 

So, let's take a step back and talk about the essentials of responsive web design and why it matters to you.

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Tags: Web Design, Digital Strategy

2016 Web Design Trends

Posted by Lacey Wright on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 @ 09:01 AM

Design trends are constantly changing and it takes time and energy to keep up with these changes, so we have compiled a list of some trends to keep a look out for in 2016. 

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Tags: Insider, Web Design, Online Marketing, 2016 Trends

Outsourcing Graphic Design to Benefit Your Bottom Line

Posted by Sawyer Vanden Heuvel on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 15:11 PM

Let's say you are a business owner or maybe a marketing manager for your company. You have few choices when it comes to your marketing:

  1. Do I hire a graphic designer to work for my company?
  2. Do I skip hiring a designer and try to do it myself?
  3. Do I outsource my marketing efforts to a marketing agency or firm?

Each of these options has its pros and cons, but the real question to ask yourself is: "how much time am I willing to give towards my marketing and will it be effective in the end?" For this article, we are going to focus in on the benefits of outsourcing graphic design work for your next marketing campaign or web site design project. 

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Tags: Branding, Graphic Design, Brand, Web Design