DISCAIMER: Sophia Press did not ask me to write a review of their site or promote it in any way. I just truly frigging excited about their newest endeavor!
Sophia Institute Press has been bringing us wonderful books and other Catholic content for years. Their sites Catholic Exchange and Crisis Magazine have grown a very respectable following under the management of Michael Lichens. Alongside their growing number of popular titles, though, the site Sophia has used for years was less than exciting. But that’s all changed – you simply must see their new site design:
Pretty great, right?
There’s more at the bottom, too.
But check out the page for individual books. Simple, rich, organized. I love it!
I just want to make a case and point:
I love our many wonderful Catholic publishers, but there is something to be said as an example in this new Sophia site when you study the other sites out there. Take Pauline for example. Here’s their webpage:
It’s pretty, and I realize the Daughters of St. Paul have a lot of different ministries, but you have to go pretty deep, four clicks, just to get to the store front. Here’s that:
That icon and box at the bottom doesn’t even click. I’m actually not to the book store yet and I was really confused at this point. To be honest, I spent another 3 minutes on the site, clicking around, and never found the book store. 🙁
I’m so thrilled for this website and for the apostolate in general. They have very humble beginnings and have worked very hard to get where they have.
So how did they get there?
I did a little digging and their new site was built by the same person who designed Catholic Exchange and Crisis Magazine. Makes sense right? Branding and all that jazz.
Anyways, the site came from Perceptions Studio, and a founding designer by the name of Carolyn McKinney. Check out her site:
If you’re at all into web-building, this is a bookmark you should make right now: www.perceptionsstudio.com.
I had a conversation with her about the site and she does all sorts of services to include fresh websites from scratch, out of the box websites from themes, app building, and general site fix-ups if you’re having trouble getting somewhere with your project.
She was very kind.
I wish I had an image of their old site to make the comparison, but this is a serious upgrade and a well deserved one to a very gifted set of professionals. My hat is off to them. Good job!