Web design / development.

Purpose-built digital experiences.

Advent Media, Inc.

Building engaging websites and web apps.

At Advent Media, Inc., our professional web designers and developers build custom corporate websites and web-based products that engage users, optimize workflows, and tell brand stories.

  • Ideation & Discovery
  • Market Research & SEO
  • Information Structure
  • Wireframing & Prototyping
  • Copywriting & Messaging
  • (and more)
  • UI & UX Design
  • Color Schemes & Branding
  • Typography
  • Visual Elements
  • Artwork / Rich Media
  • (and more)
  • Front-End Frameworks
  • CMS Platforms
  • Database Structuring
  • HTML5 / CSS / JS Coding
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • (and more)
  • Content Provisioning
  • Optimization & Testing
  • Privacy & Security
  • Managed Web Hosting
  • Content Management
  • (and more)

Web design portfolio.

A sampling of completed web projects.

Reach your business goals with purpose-built digital experiences.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, we build interactive and engaging websites and web apps that are purpose-built to deliver bespoke, user-centric digital experiences so you can tell your story, bolster brand loyalty, inspire your users, and reach your business goals online.

Designing web solutions for companies in many industries.

With websites and web apps now seen as essential marketing and management tools, having the right partner that can envision and build high-quality web solutions can make all the difference. Our web design and development experience has given us the ability to adapt to each clients unique needs and goals with proven results across many different industries.

  • Construction
  • Home & Garden
  • Media & Film
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate

A different type of web design company.

We're not a typical web design and development company; we're agile, practical, and a trusted partner focused on crafting comprehensive digital solutions.

For over 20 years, our lean, multi-skilled team of creative professionals has been combining innovative design with practical functionality to form aesthetically pleasing, user-centric digital experiences; prioritizing messaging, usability, privacy, and security to deliver cohesive web solutions that companies and users can trust.

We also offer many additional services typically associated with production studios and creative agencies, adding additional value and brand consistency with seamless content integration across multiple different platforms.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do your web services cost?

    Like everything else, “it depends.” We price on a project-by-project basis, which takes into consideration several key factors, such as project scope, complexity, and delivery timeline.

    That said, custom branded corporate promotional or informational sites start around $20k with web portals and web apps starting around $70k. If we can know your budget before starting, we can tailor a site to suit your needs, and we can create a platform for expansion as budget allows and needs change. Just remember the old adage, “Fast, cheap, good – you can only choose two.”

  • Do you accept RFPs for competitive bid?

    No. Our experience with competitive bidding for custom web services has been counterproductive. It prevents open collaboration and proper project planning from the very beginning. Therefore, we only provide proposals after we have personally met with you and have a proper understanding of your budget, needs and goals.

  • What is the difference between Web Design and Web Development?
    • Web design = "Form." It's all about the LOOK and FEEL of a website. It’s the “User Experience” (UX) that visitors see whenever they hit the website. Intuitive design means that users just know what to do when they see your site for the first time, and the design exercise works to minimize frustrations. There is a lot of research about UX, and how things should be standardized to help users have a good experience. We want your users to engage with your content, and not be distracted by confusing design elements.
    • Web development = "Function." It's what makes the design work! It’s the back-end coding that allows the information to be displayed in an intuitive manner, or for data to be collected in a useable (and secure) format. Website development has a lot of components, the CMS (Content Management System), the database structure, forms, libraries, search engine optimization, server configuration and the myriad other details that go onto making it function as designed.
  • What is the difference between Websites, Web Portals, Web Applications, and E-commerce?
    • Websites are publicly available online destinations consisting of a series of webpages under the same domain name. Websites serve as an online presence for businesses, organizations, or individuals and usually have a single mission, to present information to website visitors.
    • Web portals are secure web-based platforms that give authenticated users easy access to various functions and content. They act as a centralized hub, facilitating access to various personalized resources, web applications, and other self serving functions.
    • Web applications are focused interactive software applications that are accessible via a web browser. Like a standalone application, they are designed to serve a specific function but run on web servers and can be accessed by users over the internet or a local intranet.
    • E-commerce platforms are web applications specifically designed to facilitate the buying and selling of goods online.
  • How is a Web App different from a Mobile App?

    Web Apps are designed to be cross-platform, accessible through any web browser (mobile or desktop), and are generally easier to maintain. They also do not require any "app store" approval. Web apps can access some hardware features (the microphone, camera, or GPS for example) but this is all controlled by the web browser.

    Mobile apps are designed to be platform-specific and tend to offer a more tailored experience. They also require "app store" approval. Mobile apps are able to access more of the device’s hardware, and can potentially work offline. That said, most of today's mobile apps are nothing more than packaged wrappers for web apps, enabling them to get around the limitations and protections of modern web browsers (for better or worse).

    While we do not do mobile app development internally, we can manage a mobile app development project with 3rd party vendors.

  • What is your design philosophy?

    Simple: "Form follows function." Unlike many of our competitors, we understand that the content being created should primarily relate to its intended function or purpose. That's why we first and foremost make sure the web content we are designing and developing is user-centric and functions in a manner that meets your needs and goals. Then we can have some fun with the aesthetics.

    We have often been criticized over not being “trendy” or “modern” enough because of our stance on adhering to time-honored user-centered design principles. But that doesn’t mean that we’re against style. We're well aware of many design trends, but we also know the pitfalls behind implementing many of them.

  • Which Content Management Systems do you support?

    While there are many Content Management Systems (CMS) out there, we’ve standardized on developing for the user-centric, extensible, and secure DNN Platform / DNN Evoq CMS. DNN is the #1 open-source CMS based on .NET technology.

  • Do you use AI?

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is invading but we take a balanced approach. While our systems may utilize specialized AI to enhance images or increase security, we typically do not use AI to generate content from scratch. AI can help with human creativity, but it should never be considered as a replacement.

  • What about web hosting?

    When it comes to selecting a hosting provider, many options are available, including our own exclusive and professionally managed hosting environment. We can help you find the right shared, cloud, or dedicated hosting providers to meet your needs, deploy the site, and manage all the minutia to keep the site up and running.

    Beyond hosting we can also provide various levels of content management. This can range from help desk service (for your on-site content manager), to full content management (where we'll make content changes upon your request).