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We're a local-based web development and graphic design company, combining great design with great technology, to create solutions that match our clients' objectives.

Since 2004, Bricks Without Straw has been helping businesses of all sizes, from small business to trade associations, in the state of West Virginia. We're committed to West Virginia, its people and the community.

Our customers know they can also rely on us for excellent, fairly-priced services, thanks to the beliefs that make us who we are.

We carry out all work in house to ensure each web site and graphic design is created around the client's requirements.

 

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Company Story

What may be a little-known fact is that manufacturing accounts for more jobs in West Virginia than any other industry. Manufacturers in West Virginia are very active statewide, and so is the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA), which has been advocating on behalf of the manufacturing industry’s growth and prosperity for over 100 years.

The WVMA exists to promote manufacturing companies and jobs throughout the state.  Its approximately 200 member companies benefit from the advocacy and research efforts that WVMA performs on their behalf.  Among its many pursuits, the WVMA connects manufacturers through networking opportunities, and the WVMA members who comprise its Governmental Affairs Team of state policy experts represent the best interests of manufacturing in West Virginia.

In March of 2012, the association, in conjunction with the West Virginia Construction and Design Expo and the West Virginia Department of Commerce, hosted the first Marcellus to Manufacturing (M2M) conference in the state.  Bricks Without Straw was suggested to the association by a client of Jamie Summers-Brown. With only three months to organize the conference, Bricks Without Straw contributed to the event’s success by developing a site specifically for conference details, as well as implementing an extremely easy registration process. Patty Barnhart, WVMA’s executive assistant, was impressed with Jamie’s work. “Knowledgeable and personable,” was her immediate response, when asked to list Jamie’s strengths.

The Need to Become User-Friendly and Dynamic

Fast forward to 2017. Saddled with a website that was no longer user-friendly, the WVMA decided it was time to improve. Rebecca McPhail, president of the WVMA, explains,“Our main problem was that after having a website for many years, so much of our information became layered and just got buried over time – to the point where it was difficult to find anything when we needed it. The website just became more and more difficult to navigate. We also needed to make it more dynamic to reflect all the continuous changes in manufacturing statewide.”

The Change Process

When Jamie met with the WVMA staff, they articulated their vision of an improved website. He helped them to gain a better understanding of the site’s functionality and of the various improvements he proposed. Patty recalls, “We sat down with Jamie and talked about the website and he was very knowledgeable.”  The decision was made to task Jamie and Bricks Without Straw with the upgrade; Rebecca clearly remembers her reasons why: “I hired Jamie for his expertise in knowing how we could modify what had become a static site and make it more dynamic.”

Bricks Without Straw basically rebuilt the entire site with marked improvements, such as the posting of industry-related news articles and establishing a more robust membership section, creating the user-friendly site the association desired.  “Jamie looked at what we had, peeled back the layers of information, and made suggestions on how we could present it all in a more user-friendly way,” notes Rebecca. “Ultimately, he gave us more than what I expected,” Rebecca adds. “He turned my concepts into reality in a way that was better than I envisioned.”

What Distinguishes Bricks Without Straw?

As a result of Jamie’s collaboration with the WVMA staff and completing their website upgrade, the association members now have a very informative and useable website. The WVMA staff really appreciates the new efficiency of the website and are thrilled that the members can easily access the information they need when they need it.

What distinguishes Bricks Without Straw from others in the web development field is Jamie’s drive to constantly educate himself about the industries he serves and issues affecting them. “He’s so well-rounded in his thinking, and he learns about the industry, so he knows what’s going on,” says Patty. Rebecca reflects on her ease of working with Jamie and how much of an asset he became in their website improvement process. “I used to tease him and call him our vice president because he became my right hand in terms of communicating our marketing and branding. Since our membership is parceled around the state, a lot of what we do is centered on our ability to share information. So, in addition to helping with the technical aspects, Jamie’s got a creative mind that helped propel some of our initiatives to a different level. He understands our focus and mission and has been a valuable asset to helping us deliver strong member services.”

It’s that extra effort, combined with his genuine friendliness, that enables Jamie and Bricks Without Straw to more effectively meet the needs of organizations like the West Virginia Manufacturers Association.

Web

A full range of web design services from micro-sites to full e-commerce solutions, we can provide a solution to every problem.

Design

Graphic design services to help your business look its best, including logo design, marketing material and exhibition stands.

Print

Superior quality and fast delivery, we offer print products from business cards to posters, linen stock, magnets and vinyl banners.

Bricks Without Straw is a digital agency and design agency based in South Charleston, WV United States and Ota, Tokyo, Japan.

We offer a range of web design services including: web development, e-commerce services and email marketing. We also offer a range of graphic design services including logo design and exhibition stands.

We love working with clients of all sizes in a range of industry sectors, creating and implementing inspiring and hard working concepts and campaigns for business-business and business-consumer clients.

Valicia Leary

Bricks Without Straw has continued to exceed our expectations with their design work, support and attention to detail. We would highly recommend their services. They have a wonderful team and we enjoy our working relationship with them.

Carol Fulks

Bricks Without Straw has continued to exceed our expectations with their design work, support and attention to detail. We would highly recommend their services. They have a wonderful team and we enjoy our working relationship with them.

Patti Hamliton

Bricks Without Straw is bringing our association into the 21st Century! He brings us ideas and innovation for our web site and other tools of technology that help us enhance our image and our message.

Rebecca McPhail

Bricks Without Straw has continued to exceed our expectations with their design work, support and attention to detail. We would highly recommend their services. They have a wonderful team and we enjoy our working relationship with them.

Bill Raney

Jamie is one of the most committed and energetic professionals we have ever worked with over the years. He seems to work all the time with full 24-7 accessibility and immediate response. Bricks Without Straw has raised our collective confidence for maximizing opportunities in today’s world. We simply could not have done it without them.

Jan Vineyard

The demands and responsibilities to our members mandate that the online presence of our associations and our internet capabilities are reliable and seamless. Add creativity to that mix and one gets the complete package with Jamie Summers-Brown and his staff at Bricks without Straw.