Patrick Dobbin

Patrick Dobbin

I was fortunate to have found my calling in high school. English class had been primarily Shakespeare up to that point so the visit to a working tv studio where we got to play became a revelation. I was accepted into the 3 year Television Broadcasting Program at Mohawk College - even after they had a chance to interview me. In our third year we were given the opportunity to work on a weekly series which would air Saturdays on CHCH-TV. I was asked to lead the production team and together we created "Series 13".
After graduation, I spent a summer at CBC learning videotape and a winter, in Pembroke ON, learning about Master Control before I followed fellow classmates to relative newcomer, Global Television (1974).

Global was an extremely busy place in those early years. I would 'double' my income because of the many hours either on location or in studio. With the help of my extended family at Global I worked my way through many departments: mobile, studio, news, sports, on-air, packaging and finally editing.

I like photography. I still have the first camera I purchased in high school. While in college I went back to my high school to teach an after-school photography course with a friend of mine. (This, by the way, is where I met my wife; she took the course.) In the fall of 2011 I taught at Durham College for the school of Media, Art and Design.

Blue Phoenix Studio

Our strong supporting team of web, media and print professionals are always ready to accept any task.
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We Are…

... a company that offers web and print design services. A company with many years of print and media experience that enriches communication proficiency. When you choose Blue Phoenix Studio, you are working with a dedicated internet marketing company and website design group that provides expertise and reliability.
Our team consists of a growing number of professionals including web programmers, designers, web strategists, and writers. We believe in customer service and our qualified staff is ready to serve you at all times.

Blue Phoenix Studio provides our clients with a reasonable range of affordable e-business solutions. Our experienced web professionals design websites and develop successful internet and print marketing strategies for small businesses.
Let Blue Phoenix Studio help you rise above the clutter and get noticed.

He said... She said...

"I am thrilled with the logo design, fliers and the business card.
I am especially impressed you were able to print the flyer on such short notice and with such great results! Very professional, outstanding, high quality work. The logo and flyer and cards look inspiring and empowering. They will surely help in my efforts to promote and advance Handy Home Repair."

Andrew Nichol
Handy Home Repair


"The number of people coming to our website continues to climb every month. We wanted to thank Blue Phoenix personally for the wonderful logo that captures what we stand for so well. Great, high quality work."

PFD Communications


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Durham Sweat Clinic


Ok, I have my own site: Are there certain things that I can do myself?

There’s always a chance that you will spend a lot of time doing something that your web designer can do in only a few minutes. Or, worse, that you create a problem that will take the designer a lot of time to correct. Whether that’s a risk you should take depends on how much you value your time and who is paying for your designer’s time

Domain registration

This is an easy thing to do. If your designer is charging you a lot for domain registration, leave him. A lot of designers have a preferred service, and they may do it pretty quickly for you. The advantage to doing it yourself is that you’ll always get those helpful renewal notices.

Content development

If you have good in-house writers, or a marketing department that insists on a particular focus, you’ll probably do a lot of the content development in-house. If there is a lot of content on the website, especially if it involves area expertise, you’ll probably want to do it yourself. Some firms have good writers on staff, and writing for the web is a somewhat specialized skill, of course. Blue Phoenix has expertise in both areas. Other design firms don’t really understand English, however. If the design firm’s site is poorly written, you certainly should not trust them with yours.

Hosting

At Blue Phoenix, we prefer you host through us. However, many of our clients already have hosting arrangements, some are required to use servers in their facility. We can certainly work within these arrangements. If your web design firm offers hosting, it may be convenient to use them, as they are probably more familiar with the features, problems, compatibilities, and idiosyncrasies of their system.

Logo, images, and graphic design

Perhaps you have something in mind, or maybe you have a well developed corporate identity. It’s your website, it should be something that makes you happy. On the other hand, you are paying the design firm because of their expertise. Many things that look cool to the untrained eye will come across as amateurish to someone who isn’t already acquainted with your company. Consistency is important, though. If you have an image, your designer should work to ensure that website works with that image.

Website Maintenance

Once your site is done, it’s tempting to do the updating yourself. Actually, this can be set up pretty easily by your website developer. What you want to avoid doing, unless you are a developer, is making modifications to the html yourself. Simple mistakes can cause very strange consequences that may not be easy to fix.