Looking for a great, affordable website?

By Dave Carew

Do you remember the movie Jerry Maguire? In the film, Tom Cruise’s character wrestles successfully with ethical and moral issues, finally adapting the philosophy “Fewer clients, less money, and MORE personal attention!”

That’s the guiding idea behind Just Ducky Designs, the website company run by local good guys Kelly and Eric Normand. In this exclusive interview, Underground Nashville talked with the Normands about their breath-of-fresh-air website-creation company.

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: What does Just Ducky Designs do, exactly?

KELLY AND ERIC NORMAND: We design, maintain, and host websites; provide search engine optimization; design logos and online flyers; write content; and build e-commerce websites with online payment systems. We also redesign existing websites, pretty much all aspects of web design.

UN: What is the most important benefit you offer your customers?

THE NORMANDS: At this point in time, a lot of small-to-midsize businesses are implementing their first professional website, a process which can be daunting and often extremely expensive. We believe this process can and should be relatively easy and affordable. We make sure that every website we build reflects the unique personality that is at the heart of every business, product, or person.

UN: How long have you been in business?

THE NORMANDS: We built our first professional website in 2004 for Nashville touring and session drummer, Jack Gavin. Since then, we’ve built over 100 websites for a wide variety of businesses and clients all over the country.

UN: Why did you start promoting the business more actively in the past few months?

THE NORMANDS: Over the past couple of years, Eric has been slowly transitioning from being a full-time musician to someone who actually lives in the real world. And web design seems to be a natural fit . . . [laughs]. In all honesty, we love what we do and we’re good at it. We believe in karma, and that we can only succeed if we help others to succeed.

UN: Why do you believe musicians and others should come to you rather than to one of your competitors?

THE NORMANDS: As a husband and wife website design team, we have a unique background: Kelly is a computer whiz and has been working with computers since the early 80s. [Eric] has been a professional musician since 1989 and also has delved into writing and photography, authoring his first book in 2011. So you could say our company is one part computer geek and one part artist, the perfect combination for building creative platforms on the web.

We believe in honesty and integrity and post active links to the websites we build, as well as our rates, right on our company site. We consider ourselves “the Jerry Maguire of web companies,” placing an emphasis on personal attention.

For more information, please visit:
http://justduckydesigns.com

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit and “like” the page on Facebook:
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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

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