'Us' means a small group of freelance website designers, living in both Italy and the UK, who work under the umbrella name of BeenDesigned. Until recently used as the home of the Manchester Cattery Directory, this website belongs to the BeenDesigned Group. Already friends, we'd been building websites as a profitable hobby for a couple of years before we decided to set up BeenDesigned in 2010, and we've been working together ever since.
There aren't so many people who can say their hobby is also their job - maybe people who work with animals (such as kennels and catteries), sportspeople and the lucky few. And us - we're lucky enough to get paid for what was our hobby, and we still design websites as much for fun as for anything else. We do our own work too. By that, we mean that we don't accept unlimited orders and then farm them out to random agencies in low-cost centres in Asia, as many people now do. Once your order has been accepted you'll be given the contact details of your designer and you'll be able to contact him or her at any time with any questions you may have. Your website is as personal for us as it is for you.
Every website we create is dealt with by a single designer, from start to finish. We listen to what our clients want and need, and take personal pride in ensuring that we deliver. If we don't think we can deliver, we don't accept the job. In particular, we don't usually accept jobs if they have a very short deadline. Because we do our own work, there's a limit to how much work each designer can accept, and if you need a website for next week, we're not the people to speak to. As an average through the year, there's usually a delay of around two weeks between when you give us all the information and material we need to build your site, and when we actually start working on it. It's very rare that someone is available immediately. That said, if you want a website and you don't want it tomorrow, drop us a line and tell us what you need!