Archive for January, 2011

Sweet Site

January 31, 2011 | Buchanan Design

jan2011_dallmann Today is the official launch of the new Dallmann Confections Website. Isabella Valencia is the owner and chief chocolatier of the San Diego based company. Isabella comes from Austria with a three-generation family history of fine confectioners.

A few months ago, Isabella asked us to update her e-commerce site and give it a “fresh”design look that compliments her unique and artfully crafted chocolates and maintaining a connection to her old-world Austrian family tradition.

We took on the challenge by modernizing her logo and giving it a stronger classic connection to the signage of her family’s shop in Austria. We also incorporated additional design elements in the site based off of architectural and design details from her home town. To add in a modern touch, we developed a new color palette and enlisted the help of Detour Photography to create truly stunning images featuring the star of the site—the chocolate. Check out the site at the link below. And while your at it, be sure to order some of Isabella’s amazing truffles – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!




January 12, 2011 | Buchanan Design


Wow, so much to pack into a day. I woke up to hugs and kisses from my Darcy and the kids. Cassidy painted an amazing orange square frame with the BD logo in silver, what an artist she’s blossoming to be. Ryan walked in with a homemade chocolate cake with the BD logo made out of silver sprinkles, a huge thank you to Jennell Skinner for her delicious treat. Lunch was a first-time place for us called Bud’s Louisiana Cafe and it was absolutely delicious. First time eating catfish and i’m sure we will make it back there many times in the future. During lunch I opened my present from the guys and it was a custom (one-of-a-kind) t-shirt with what else, 111 on the front. We’ll skip the coffee that fell on my head and all over the office kitchen in the afternoon…. I came home to more presents and an original guitar solo by Colby. I was truly impressed with how well he’s learning the guitar and I could not be more proud. And lets not forget the MANY facebook postings and emails from friends and family. Thank you everyone for making this day so special!

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