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Latest Project: Mutual Fund Website Design for Bandon

Latest Project: Mutual Fund Website Design for Bandon


Bandon Capital Management was acquired by Logan Circle Partners in late 2014. The beautiful website we spent months building was unceremoniously retired as part of the transaction.

Mutual Fund website design made easy

Mutual Fund Website Design for BandonPublicly communicating anything in the investment world is difficult to do (but we know how to do it, more here), and creating a website that is both informative  and visually stimulating the primary objective for our client.  Bandon Capital Management is a pioneer in the investment (absolute return long – short bonds if you are wondering) world and they’ve taken that same approach to their website design. Eschewing stock photos and cliche images of old men in suits, they opted for a design that was fresh, modern, and full of custom graphics and images.

A few details

In addition to good design, they had a few other requirements to make their website compliant with FINRA.  One of those was the ability to make certain content only accessible to financial professionals, but still be easy to use and maintain.  To accomplish this we customized a lightweight membership plugin to keep it simple, yet still do the job. The other was a separate section for that used the same data base, but didn’t run afoul of the regulators (how we accomplished that was a challenge!)

Another interesting add on was a quiz to test visitors knowledge of Long – Short debt.  It’s a fun and clever way to help educate people on what they do without being boring. A nice little add on is the ability to share results with your friends (or not if you didn’t do so well).  Take the Long – Short Challenge.

Great clients make great projects

All in all it was a great project to work on.  The team at Bandon is very knowledgeable, yet they allowed us to use our expertise to help communicate their message.   We look forward to continuing our relationship as we move into an ongoing marketing role where we’ll help create content and continue to broadcast their message with the goal of attracting more investors in the fund.  (If you are worried about the possibility of rising interest rates, give them a call or tell your broker to look at BANIX)

What do you think?

A Fond Farewell

Meet the new Workshed

Greetings, all! It’s been awhile since we’ve communicated with you this way, but we have some exciting news to share with you. Back when I founded Workshed in 1997, I was just a lone freelancer working nights, putting in hours after my day job to earn some extra money. This was before children and many of the other trappings of adulthood that generally make life more, well, complicated.

Fast forward, and we can see how Workshed has been through so much change over the years—from becoming a full-time, home-based business, to being a full-service creative agency with eight employees. Over the last year, Workshed has shifted back to more of a part-time business again, only this time, the trappings of adulthood are telling us that it’s time to pass the business on to new owners, with new energy and new ideas.

Welcome, Joe Graves and Brian Kashas

How does that Hair Club for Men commercial go again? I’m not only the president, but I’m also a client? Well, Joe and Brian were both longtime clients of Worskshed with their business ventures over the years, and their love for Workshed’s creativity, technical knowledge, and brand has compelled them to take the reigns of Workshed and usher it into its next phase of greatness.

It is with great pride and happiness that we pass the Workshed name, client list, hosting services, and everything else that comes with it, to Joe and Brian. We know they will take great care of you: our clients, contractors, and in many cases, friends.

It’s been a long road for Workshed over the years, but we are thrilled to see what Joe and Brian can do with the Workshed name, and we are extremely happy and secure knowing we are handing our clients off to people who will take excellent care of them. You are what made us who we are, and we know that kind of relationship will continue with Joe and Brian.


We know, you have questions. We’re going to address what we think are the most common ones below, but feel free to reply if you have more.

When will this happen?

While we are working hand-in-hand to help make for a smooth transition, Joe and Brian will officially take the reigns effective September 1, 2013.

What will happen to my hosting/Pegmail/ongoing maintenance?

Joe and Brian will continue to offer the same services to you, and in most cases, you won’t notice any significant changes in terms of hosting offerings.

Where are Joe and Brian located?

They have a beautiful office in the growing downtown center of Washougal, WA.

What will happen to all of my data, files, and other information that Workshed has stored?

Everything will be transitioned to Joe and Brian, and we will also maintain an independent backup copy of everything as well.

Are you going to still be available for questions and historical information on my project if/when Joe and Brian need to make updates?

Of course! We will be working with them to complete a knowledge transfer over the next couple of months, during which time we will be available to provide historical information and guidance for questions or technical assistance.

What about my current project?

Don’t worry. If you have an existing project, we will still complete it! We are trying to wrap any existing projects up by the end of September, so if we have not reached out to you already, please let us know and we will work with you to get things taken care of.

A fond farewell, and thank you

With that, we would like to take a moment to thank you—all of you—for everything you have given us over the years. Be it your business, your guidance, your friendship, your trust, or your referrals. Our clients are great people and we’ve enjoyed working with each and every one of you. We know Joe and Brian will do great things with Workshed, and that’s what has made this rather difficult decision easier to make. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us, Joe, or Brian.


Warmest regards,

Bret Van Horn, Founder

Shannon Van Horn, President