Chai Studios is a Muskoka Web Design agency.

Our Story
The Chai Design Principles.

Web design for real people.
Traditionally, writing for the web compared to how you actually talk to your customers is like night and day – Let’s fix that. We’ll breathe some life into your design and copy, while building an intuitive user experience for visitors. We design and write honestly. There are so few truths in advertising – when your customers see one, they’ll know it.

Research Thoroughly.
Your business is special. There are similarities to other businesses, but as a whole you are unique. We spend as much time researching your business and interviewing you as we do actually building your website. This allows us to custom-fit a solution for you. Sales are made and lost online – Do you really want a cookie-cutter product?

Tell a Story.
Our main objective is to capture your customers imagination, embrace their ambitions and inspire them. Sure, talking about your products, services and hours are great, but we can take it a whole lot further than that. We’ll talk about their aspirations and tell your customers exactly what you can do for them, which creates a one-of-a-kind bond.

Be Open To Suggestions.
This isn’t a what-we-say-goes operation. We’ll explore all opinions and input, then determine what’s best. Nobody knows your business better than you do. Nobody knows what you like better than you do. No lie, we’re incredibly good at doing what we do, but we’re here to embrace your suggestions, expose your creativity and respect your vision.

Keep In Touch.
So, the site is up and running – Now what? We take after sales service seriously. That means one-on-one training on how to edit and adjust the website, screen-casts, and how-to manuals. We provide you with ongoing weekly traffic reports and maintenance, as well keeping in touch with you directly via phone and e-mail to make sure we can evolve your web presence as your business evolves.

Do Brilliant Work.
Perfectionism, plain and simple – It’s what we’re known for. We love what we do, we cut no corners, we leave no stone un-turned and we never, ever leave a teapot unfinished. We live to design, and that reflects in what we do. We constantly evolve to develop with the latest web standards and practices. This is our legacy, this is how we are making our mark on the world.

These Handsome Folks Make Rain.

Daniel Maloney as “Design Director”

Daniel MaloneyDaniel is a founding partner at Chai. Minimalist, focused and passionate, Daniel combines his entrepreneurial spirit with world class design skills to build websites and interfaces that are simply beautiful. Lives on Maté Chai.
Daniel's Signature

Gerard Racicot as “Design Engineer”

Gerard RacicotGerard is a founding partner at Chai. Coming from a software engineering background, Gerard took those skills and philosophies to the web with modern standards such as HTML5 and CSS3. Lives on Milk Oolong.
Gerard's Signature

Sachin Kerama as “Lead Developer”

Sachin KeramaSachin is a founding partner at Chai. A hacker in the true sense of the word, Sachin lives to solve problems with technology. While we focus on PHP and C#, Sachin is fluent in Java and Ruby on Rails to boot. Lives on Masala Chai.
Sachin's Signature

Samantha Ferrier as “Junior Designer”

Samantha FerrierSamantha joined Chai Studios in 2010. An industrial designer turned web artist, Samantha loves to build depth, integrating textures and bold details into everything she creates. A Photoshop savant. Lives on Sencha Shokai.
Sam's Signature

Justin Stow as “Search Engine Guy”

Justin StowJustin joined Chai Studios in 2010. Nobody really knows what he does. Even if he explained it (he’s tried) we would never comprehend it, but he’s really good at it – a search engine optimization extraordinaire. Lives on Lady Earl Grey.
Justin's Signature

Hannah Cranwell as “Coordinator”

Hannah CranwellHannah joined Chai Studios in 2011. Hannah keeps projects on-time and everyone in-line. She is also awesome. She is also the one writing these biographies. Did she mention awesome? Just sayin’. Lives on Strawberry Cream.
Hannah's Signature

Portfolio

HillTop Logo

A quaint retail store in the stunning little town of Rosseau, Ontario, HillTop Interiors has set the standard as Muskoka’s premier home decor resource.

We did: Web design and development, content strategy, mobile web development, search engine optimization.

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David's Logo

Based in the heart of Muskoka, Davids Muskoka Audio Video Unlimited is a world class Audio/Video store with over 5000 square feet of best in class products at affordable prices.

We did: Web design and development, social media design, content strategy, search engine optimization, ecommerce.

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Three Square Feet Logo

Three Square Feet sells jewellery that serves as a simple reminder to make small differences every day, and needed an online presence to extend their good vibes.

We did: Web design, logo design, print design, ecommerce integration, social media & one awesome ad campaign.

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DavidByDesign Logo

DavidByDesign is a custom Audio/Video installer located in stunning Muskoka, Canada. Owner David Johann brings over 40 years of experience to help clients build world-class systems.

We did: Web design, logo design, social media design, print design and sales collateral.

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Carolyn Plus Camera Logo

Carolyn + Camera is a full service professional photographer. The moment where light is perfect, or emotion is raw and you capture a little piece of what is real and genuine and true.

We did: Web design, branding, social media design/integration and search engine optimization.

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YourTechie Logo

YourTechie is an on-site computer service franchise in Canada. We created a cute, comfortable brand reflecting their high quality of service and professionalism.

We did: Web design and development, logo design, print design, social media marketing & strategy.

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Angel Pendant Logo

The Angel Pendant by Stan W. Tait is a beautiful jewellery collection for your special someone, and they needed a design to compliment the power of the pieces.

We did: Web design and development, graphic design, print design, social media design, Facebook application.

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MLC Logo

Muskoka Lakes Contracting is a custom home builder with a passion for maintaining the traditional Muskoka look and feel while building stunning modern homes.

We did: Web design and development, content management, copywriting, search engine optimization.

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Backyard Logo

Backyard.it gives at-a-glance news and information for 100+ regions across Canada, and needed a beautiful user interface to display their up to the minute stories.

We did: Web and logo design, user accessibility, backend development, mobile web development, social media design.

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Services
Advertising Services
Web and Mobile Services

Contact

Let's share some Chai.

Bracebridge: (705) 645-0728
Gravenhurst: (705) 640-0116
Huntsville: (705) 224-0040
Parry Sound: (705) 751-0081
Port Carling: (705) 640-0124
Toll Free: 1 (866) 289-0181

E-mail: hello@chaistudios.ca

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 10AM-5PM

Blog

Why I stand (mostly)

Caught an interesting discussion on Hacker News today on the merits (or not) of using a standing desk daily. I have a standing desk. I took a photo of it just the other day. I can’t hide my feelings for it, I love it.

While the debate between sitting and standing rages on, I firmly believe both sides are right.
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We’re booking new clients for July 2012

Let’s build something great!

We’re booking new clients for work beginning July 1st, 2012. Are you looking to create a website, mobile app, or advertising campaign? We can help!.
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What the Muskoka design community needs now.

There is an ever increasing number of designers and developers in Muskoka that are not only truly passionate about what they do, but are also pushing the boundaries of innovation.

We have a lot of water in the pot, but no one has turned on the burner yet.
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Living among my heroes

Three Square Feet on Shopify

Our work for Three Square Feet is currently featured on Shopify’s homepage as an example, and on numerous design blogs, among work from some of my favourite designers of all time.

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Get more done by working less – The Pomodoro Technique

I’m often asked what techniques we use to focus throughout the day. Most of our team lives in different cities, some different continents. So how do we stay on task when there’s no-one watching?

I was introduced to The Pomodoro Technique a couple of years ago. It permanently changed the way I work.
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