SkyShed Observatories has been in business since 2003 and may possibly be the coolest business ever. The company is owned by Wayne and Lorelei Parker. Fun fact: Wayne is the bassist for Glass Tiger, an iconic Canadian rock band. Wayne isn’t the only star around either. SkyShed Observatories started when they created building Plans for a beautiful roll-off roof shed. They continued their work when they designed the Personal Observatory Dome (POD), a unit comprised of high end polyethylene plastic that is manufactured here in Canada at their factory in Shallow Lake, Ontario. Both of their incredible products can keep astronomy and astrophotography equipment safe and secure. It can take hours to set up and tear down the intense amount of gear to capture the beauty of the universe. That’s where SkyShed Observatories comes to play. With their long lasting, game changing POD or Roll-Off Plans, they give anyone with an interest in space, whether amateur or professional the peace of mind they need to operate their equipment.
Their original websites, loved and visited by many professional and hobbyist astronomers and astrophotographers from all over the world was in need of some updating and OakTree Designs had the pleasure to do so. We had so much fun creating the design for this project and were able to give the SkyShed logo a little facelift too. We kept all the original content of the site and gave it a modern twist. With the inclusion of a slider for each site, we bring a bit of WOW! to the opening of each site and were also to break up the content a bit. Having a content heavy website can easily look cluttered and bogged down but using some fun design techniques, anything is possible. The wealth of information on the SkyShed sites incredible and everything that a customer of theirs needs is probably on it. They have helpful links, product information and more and being able to organize that into a sensible way was challenging but incredibly fun. Overall, this project was a joy to complete and our clients left very happy. Check out what Wayne has to say below.
To check out the site for their Roll-Off building plans, click HERE. To see their POD site, click HERE. The gallery on the POD site is ever growing and currently has over 1,200 photos on it all linked to their SkyShed instagram account. Go check it out!