Photo Restoration: Was fantastic! The first clear image of my father who died before I was born. Your work with a grainy, old, faded photo was incredible. Many tears when your image arrived. Thank you so very much. Your work meant the world to me.
Roche de Lacy, Rangiora
Vinyl to CD (with art): It is clear that Briar is not only good at what she does, but that she takes pride in meeting the wishes of the client with good quality results. She took very good care of an old and rare LP that I provided her, and in a short time created digital copies of very high quality that had no discernible ‘hiss’ at all. She even gave me suggestions on which audio settings would be best to bring out the best quality during playback.
Photo Restoration and Video editing: The quality of the end product I received was exceptional. Briar
provides a professional and reliable service and at reasonable prices. I am sure I will be seeking her help on future projects and I have no hesitation in recommending Words & Design. Briar digitally modifed and enlarged a photograph of my mother and turned my segmented wedding video into a seamless movie that she saved out to DVD and USB stick.
Photo Restoration Briar of Words and Design lovingly restored 3 baby photos of my children. Her expertise and precision were clearly evident in the results. The originals were badly discoloured and the results were fantastic. I couldn't have been more delighted with the finished products. I would highly recommend Briar.
Book: Briar gave me wonderful support & encouragement while I was writing my first book. She helped me enormously with the editing process by patiently guiding me but not overriding me. She was excellent at helping me eliminate unnecessary words. She has an excellent eye for a great look & together we produced a great looking book. When I decided I also wanted to sell my book as a kindle version on Amazon, Briar had the book formatted and loaded in a couple of days. I loved working with Briar and I will definitely have her work with me on my next book.
Linda Renouf, author of Gems for Your Journey
Home videos to digital formats: We had 25 mini digital videos containing 10 years of our most precious memories converted to digital video formats and found Briar extremely friendly and professional and would recommend her to everyone.
Rex and Christine Moller
Photo restoration: Briar did a fantastic job on my grandparents' photos. She worked her magic and brought them back to life. We were pushing for time and needed the photos done in a tight timeframe, but Briar was very accommodating, she went out of her way to make sure they were done on time. I highly recommend her services, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Book design: Briar has the gift of grasping and harmonising with an author or editors' intentions. Her design for the taste of nashi picked up well the elegantly understated essence of the haiku genre.
Karen Peterson Butterworth, Writer, editor, haiku poet.
Photo restoration: Briar did a magnificent job of restoring a photograph of my much loved late father. It was a difficult task because the original photo had poor colour and the contrast was harsh. The Outcome? A studio-quality portrait that now takes pride of place in our family home. Briar's a joy to work with and her commitment to obtaining quality results impressed me greatly.
Book | Website | videos: The English language website Briar created to showcase my late husband's academic career is wonderful. She also edited and did all layout and design of his English book Earthquakes and Animals, and I was amazed at the uniqueness of the cover design. After my husband's death, it would have been impossible to create the online English version of his children's picture book without her. She also taught me how to create many small web-ready movies from his collection of Japanese research videos, while she produced the English versions. She takes her work seriously but is fun to work with and has a great sense of humour.
Yoshiko Ikeya, widow of Motoji Ikeya, Professor of Earth Sciences at Osaka University, Japan
Graphics, website and video editing: I have used Words&Design for my graphics, video, and website work over the last 10 years or so with very pleasing results. Great little innovations from time to time, but, more to the point, total satisfaction with the work done, her rapid delivery and efficiency. Service with a smile and a capital S, coupled with sensible pricing.
Chris Cambourn, M.D. New Generation Liquorice
Book: I can recommend Briar's services. I loved the way she designed the cover and wrote a great introduction for it. She also edited my book, and found the best printing business. I found Briar easy to talk with, if needed she is a great source of advice. She also went the extra mile. I would give her 91/2
out of a possible 10. I couldn't give her the other 1/2 because she forgot to put my name on the cover. I am sure this will never happen again.
Margaret Bradfield, Central Otago
Website: For many years Briar has guided us and designed our website. In all that time we have been thrilled with every aspect of her prompt, quality work
Photo restoration: Recently I asked Briar to work on my wedding photos. I was absolutely impressed by her consultation & attention to detail. I have received so many compliments on them. The work was quite complex on one photo especially and it turned out better than I imagined. We love the result! She is very talented and very, very reasonable.
Website: Great helpful service, and it made a huge difference when she made our old site mobile-friendly. Would recommend to other businesses looking to upgrade their website or create a new one
Jonathan Irving Irving Tooling solutions Ltd, Christchurch
Photo restoration Briar beautifully restored 45-year-old portrait photos of each of my siblings. I learned that there is a real art to bringing vibrant and genuine colour and skin tone back to the old photos. Briar sent proofs and cared 100% about the final product. I highly recommend Briar’s service.
Book: Briar oversaw the publishing of an artistically-designed family history book of 327 pages with end notes, a bibliography and an index. This included full book design, chapter motifs, and detailed maps and complex genealogy charts which she redrew from rough sketches. Interspersed throughout the text were about 200 photos, some of which were very old and needed enhancing. A superb, colourful cover, designed from composite photos, completed the book. We were all very happy with the finished product. Briar consulted us at every stage of the production and we were glad to take her helpful advice from her years of experience. We would heartily recommend her for any book production or photographic work. We have a book to be proud of and everyone admires the cover.
Carol McKay, Palmerston North, author of Four Sons of Skye
Photo restoration: A precious family photograph had been badly water-damaged and mildewed and I was certain it was beyond salvation. In desperation I took it to Briar. She worked her magic and restored it to its former clarity and colour. I will be forever grateful.
Alan Seay, Wellington.
Poetry book design: Briar's skills and creativity, warmth and humour have served me well for three publications. the taste of nashi is a much-admired work not only for the haiku but also for its original and tasteful layout. waking echoes, a collection of haiku and haibun with photos (including some by Briar), is also very well-received. And I could not have managed the layout of TAKE BACK OUR SKY (selected poetry and haiku from the NZPS's 2014 International Competition, edited by me) without Briar's skills as designer (cover and motifs), polisher of printer-ready files, and rescuer from difficulties.
Nola Borrell, editor and poet
Website:The setup and layout which she did for us, and the subsequent management of all aspects of our website, have been excellent under Briar's care.
She is business-like, effective, artistic, fast and knowledgeable on electronic matters. She is an accomplished editor. We have adopted pretty much all of the suggestions that she has made over the last three years.
Our website is a little unusual in that it is non-commercial with a high proportion of text and a quantity of historic photographs. She appreciated our non-standard requirements and adroitly adapted to them.
Since then she has kept up with, and advised us of, the necessary international payments necessitated by the providers. We are entirely happy with her service and recommend her highly to others.
Valda and Ewen McCann
Website: Briar did my website for me and it made a huge difference to my business. I have had comments on how professionally it was done and I would recommend her services. Nice and bright and refreshing!!
Children's books and Website: In the last year, Briar has put together for me two children's books and an associated website. She has a professional eye for detail and presentation, and works to a high standard. This and her creative ideas have brought my books to life. As a client and also a friend, I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who is thinking of putting together a book or a website.
Lynette Love, Hastings
Website: I wanted a website created for a project called God in DNA. It presented awkward problems because there was substantial use of Hebrew characters mixed with English. The Hebrew characters are written right to left unlike English, and having them in close proximity was about ten times as difficult as normal. In addition individual Hebrew letters had to be coded for different colours inside long streams of Hebrew characters. Very messy. Briar achieved this and improved greatly the clarity and setting out of the website in other ways as well. Exceptional value for money.
Book: I was most appreciative of the skills Briar bought to the table, when assisting me with my book. Her expertise in several areas was priceless for me. I found her advice sensible and constructive in all areas she helped me with (cover, layout, printing etc) and for those reasons, plus being very pleasant to deal with, I have no problem recommending her to any person wanting efficient, professional service.
Mike Trainer, Auckland
Booklet|sticker|logo: Briar did a number of jobs for me: creating a logo, designing and editing a little book on prayer, creating a sticker… Always with great attention to detail, excellent colours, and good ideas. I found her helpful and very professional and would recommend her to anyone.
Book: I highly recommend Briar for all first-time authors. She took the stress and strain out of putting my book together and made it easy on me. Briar is diligent, professional, trustworthy and understanding of all the needs of the writer. I am one satisfied author.
Bunty Bunce, author of The Greatest Adventure