BIG DESIGN FOR LITTLE BUDGETS

Real web design solutions for real business.

I NEED A NEW WEBSITE

Congratulations! That's awesome! I specialise in simple, friendly websites that you can update yourself. Payment plans available.

I DON'T LIKE MY WEBSITE

You're not alone. And you don't have to start over. I fix and remodel where time or your previous designer left you flat.

I NEED HELP BUILDING MY OWN WEBSITE

Get expert advice and assistance to answer your questions and help you to get unstuck and moving forward.

FREELANCE WORDPRESS WEB DESIGN

Barbi Larkins

Design Guru

My name is Barbi Larkins. I design things. I am a Christchurch based freelance WordPress web designer with a penchant for good design and a belief that it doesn’t have to be unaffordable for those who need it.

I’ve spent years in business, just where you are – trying to find the best way to raise my business profile while keeping a close eye on my marketing budget.

I started Be Design as a friendly source for graphic and web design. Let’s be honest – graphic and web design can be expensive and often out of reach for small to mid-sized businesses and non-profit groups. Be Design specialises in solutions. I won’t quote you an exoribant rate and expect you to take it or leave it. Instead, we’ll assess your needs and how they can best be met within your budget. Because, if you’re like me, you would rather spend your hard-earned marketing budget on good design than on someone else’s overhead and fancy office. 

Whoever you want to be, I want to be the one to help.

MY WORK

Life Journey Medical

A fresh outlook for a medical practice.

Arts Canterbury

An online portfolio and membership portal for more than 100 regional artists.

Institute of Business Studies

Online course listings, news and registration for a Papua New Guinea university.

Loft 33

Online bookings that coordinate with AirBNB for an Australian rental property.

Tennis Canterbury

All the action at your fingertips for a regional sporting association.

Patrick Rose Photography

A visual showcase for an emerging local photographer.

WHY BE DESIGN?

CUSTOM WEB DESIGN

I know web design, but you’re the one who knows your business. I partner with my clients, incorporating their ideas and feedback to create a site that perfectly suits their branding and their business objectives.

RESPONSIVE DESIGN

All websites are optimised to get the best results on all screen sizes.

SEO

What good is a website if no one can find you? Basic SEO is included in every web package. Need more? SEO expansions are available.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Let’s be honest – web design can be expensive! If you’re just starting out in business, you may feel like you can’t afford the investment. 

I offer a flat rate pricing on all projects so you will know exactly how much your website will cost. Monthly payment plans are also available.

WEBSITE CARE PLANS

Who wants to rush off to a web designer every time you need to update your site? Once your website is completed, I’ll teach you how to update it yourself. 

If you would rather have someone else keep your website updated for you, I’ve got options for that too!

Featured on Top Reviews NZ

Jonathan S.
Jonathan S.Creative Director, The Creative Offices (Dallas, TX)
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Barbi is incredible. It took me years, but finally I found a designer that meets and exceeds my standards.
David M.
David M.CEO, Assent Consulting (Sydney, AU)
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Barbi is excellent at quickly understanding what we need and then getting exactly the right amount of creativity into the materials she creates for our clients. Can’t recommend her highly enough!
Kate P.
Kate P.Founder, GloriousCo
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An awesome website developer who was so affordable and easy to work with. I appreciate her patience and I love the end result! I am totally recommending her to everyone!
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DIY TROUBLES? ASK AN EXPERT!

There is a lot to learn when setting up your own website. It’s easy to get stuck and feel frustrated. Before you give up and resign yourself to paying for a designer to do it for you, just ask for help.

I offer expert advice and assistance to answer your questions and help you to get unstuck and moving forward. Consultations available over Zoom, phone or live chat, $40 per half hour.

Need help? Just ask!

PHOTO EDITING

Stand back! I have Photoshop and I know how to use it!

Make use of my mad Photoshop skills to bring out the best in your images or to create something entirely new.

Photo Restoration

From vintage photos to lighting and colour tweaks, I can restore and improve your images to their best versions of themselves.

Photo Airbrushing and Glamour Shots

Put your best face forward with photo editing to make you look your best. Who needs cosmetic surgery?

Enhanced Product Images

 Don’t cheapen your business with poor quality product images. Your products, product mock-ups and artwork can look as amazing on the web as they do in real life.

Image Manipulation

From age progression images to whimsical surrealism, reality can stretch as far as your imagination.