about nifty

/ˈniftē/adjectiveINFORMAL1. particularly good, skillful, or effective.2. fashionable; stylish.

website development.graphic design.copywriting.seo.e-commerce.branding.logos.event materials

Founded by Phil Vaive, Nifty Web Design is a Canadian design studio focusing on web design, SEO, graphic design & copywriting. I collaborate with branding agencies, graphic designers, production houses, and photographers & videographers to help you develop your new website.


Design Rush 2024

Top Calgary Web Design Companies

Clever Canadian 2024

Recognized as one of Calgary's top website designers of 2024

Nifty Design Studio was the inevitable outcome for a creative thinker who over-analyses everything, loves design, and craves learning.

After building my first website on a whim in 2017, and partnering with several graphic design firms, I decided to keep doing it as a side gig to make some extra cash. When I realized that I wanted to turn my side gig into my main thing, I quit my job and founded Nifty. Since then, we have been working with brands across North America, from dance studios to authors to florists, and we want to get our hands in everything.

Working for a Calgary, Alberta based non-profit for the past eight years in has molded me into a community minded thinker. Because of PARK, I have developed a focus on creative-entrepreneurship, and Nifty was founded with that same mind-set. Whether you’re based in Calgary, Vancouver, New York or anywhere else, if you’re a small to medium sized business with a community focus, I want to be part of your team.

Here's our process 

First, we meet.

In person, on Zoom, via the astral plane, whatever works for you. We’ll chat, get to know each other, and I’ll learn a bit about your business and what your needs are. I want to know your website development goals, so that we can draw the map of how to get there.

Next, we plan.

Working together, we will plan out the structure of your site, planning what content will go where, how traffic will flow, – the bones of the site. We’ll find our inspiration, choose photos and videos and colours, and moodboard the hell out of it. This is the stage where we check out some key words, and start planning your SEO to get you as high in the search engine rankings as possible. We look at Squarespace, WordPress, Shopify, Woocommerce, and more to decide which platform is best for your business.

Then we design.

This is the fun part. We design full creative mockups (wireframes are so 2017) so that you can get the full look and feel of your new site. We plan out your copy, and see how each of the elements work together, playing around with fonts and tweaking our colours until we have the perfect website development plan.

Now we build.

This is the REALLY fun part. We build out the site. We add motion, incorporate transitions, and play with how the static mockup translates to a real world website. We bring the online portion of your business to life.

Finally, we say hello.

Nifty Web Design isn’t about to say goodbye. The best websites are the ones that are current, up-to-date, and show your customers what your business is like right now. We want to keep working with you to make sure that your site is always exactly what you need it to be. You’re not going to get rid of us that easily.

Let's get to work

If you’re launching a new company, have a website that no longer fits your needs, or just need a refresh on an older site, we want to work with you. Let’s make something amazing together.

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