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Aldridge Plastics: A sizeable plastic component manufacturer & global supplier established 1968.

Trivia: Although eventually concentrating on more industrial and technical products, AP were originally the manufacturers behind many memorable classic children's toys of the 1970's, including the 'Action Man' figure, the 'Hungry Hippo' game and the original Star Wars 'Millennium Falcon' model.

Scaled down screen-shot of the site's entry page demonstrating it's custom opening animation

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In this project we were invited to create a custom Web presence that would fittingly showcase the company's capabilities, extensive facilities and their many years of experience. This process included all of the following aspects:

Intelligent content planning: For this project we were given a large amount of potential content in various formats. This included print, disk and even video footage which we judiciously organised, converted, transcribed and edited into easily manageable groups and quantities for prospective use within the site.

Before we begin to even contemplate the design or structure of any Website we carefully address the issue of how the content will be suitably organised and eventually presented online. Good content planning consequently ensures that we design accessible Websites with clear-cut navigation and uncomplicated well laid out structures. As a result visitors are able to find the information they want without any apprehension, delay or frustration.

Original custom design & build: Whilst being sensitive to the companies existing logo and printed material our remit was to design and create a clean and uncluttered site that would also be instantly engaging and user friendly.

As with all of our work, this site was painstakingly custom crafted from the ground up to encompass the company's every requirement.

Custom graphics and artwork: Various original key graphics & images were painstakingly created for this Website.

Photography / image transfer: Various key photographs were expertly taken and skilfully enhanced for inclusion within the site. Various key images were also meticulously gathered from various sources including video and brochure material.

Stock imagery: Where appropriate professional stock imagery was carefully selected then skilfully edited to excellent effect.

Custom scripting & programming: All of our Websites utilise in-house custom written scripting / programming making everything work smoothly behind the scenes. This particular site utilises a custom written enquiry form providing a friendly and effortless way for customers to get in touch with the company...

When the site's enquiry form is used, the contents of the form are immediately sent to the appropriate staff at Aldridge Plastics, whilst an automated "thank you" response is also courteously sent out to the enquirers email address. Our enquiry form feature also incorporates various sophisticated anti-spam filters.

Custom created Flash™ animations: A fast loading Flash animation is used to grab the visitor’s attention on the site's front page. The opening animation mimics the principal operation of a plastic injection moulding machine.

A second custom ‘radar’ style animation was also created to form part of the site's welcome page, highlighting the various countries that AP exports to.

In the "want it now!" world of the Web, few surfers are willing to wait whilst a Flash feature loads. Accordingly we are always mindful to create FAST loading and efficiently designed Flash features, ensuring the greatest experience for all Web surfers.

Accessibility testing: As with all of our Website's, we robustly tested this site at various key development stages making certain that it would be fully compatible with all popular Web browser packages, (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Netscape Navigator for example).

Ensuring the widest available audience: We understand that not all Web surfers use the same Web browser packages, screen resolution or technology, meaning that many poorly written sites cannot be properly viewed by large clusters of Web surfers. With this in mind we take great care to ensure that anything we place on the World Wide Web can be properly accessed and viewed by the widest available audience.

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*AP production has moved to China
...follow the link above to see a local mirror of the site
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