Hello! My name is Christa Albano and I own Albano Design, a graphic and web design company. I'm based in Charlottesville, Virginia, but take on clients from anywhere. I provide graphic design and web design services including website design and redesign, logo design, business cards, print and marketing materials, branding and advertising. I also do product and other types of photography to help my clients with their project graphics.
I love what I do and enjoy every step in the creative process. If you are not sure what you want or what is available to you we can start from the beginning and discuss the best plan for your needs.
Once the project is defined and I start working, I remain closely in touch with my clients to keep them updated and make sure they are happy with the progress along the way.
I work efficiently and thoroughly, and never consider a job finished until both my client and I are satisfied with it. I care deeply about the quality of my work and the results it produces for my clients.
No matter who you are or what your needs are, I would like to discuss your project with you and come up with a great solution. You can rely on me to enthusiastically see the work through to the end and leave you happy with a product that represents you and your business beautifully.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or to discuss your project.
"Dear Christa, I just wanted to let you know how pleased my partners and I have been working with you on our new website. You were tasked with revamping and modernizing a 20 year old site and you were saddled with a crew of technologically challenged neanderthals, all of which you handled beautifully. You answered all of our questions, always had good suggestions and ideas, met every deadline and stayed within the originally established budget. Your calm good humor made all of our meetings a pleasure. Your input and your gentle suggestions always guided us towards a better result. Your ability to resolve any and every technical issue never failed. We have already recommended you to several friends.
"Designing my website and logo with Christa was a pleasure. I am really happy with the outcome. Her creative talent and technical skills are impressive. Christa is a great collaborator, she listens, she is readily available, she has innovative ideas, and the skill to manifest any vision. I would recommend her design services to anyone."
"Christa has always been a delight to work with, both personally and professionally. Professionally speaking, she's responsive, very organized, great at meeting deadlines, efficient, and communicative. She's also extremely creative when coming to the table with new ideas, and very easy to work with personally. Christa's design work for my company has included projects for both print and web, and her work has always been top-notch. She's patiently provided guidance when I have needed it, given constructive feedback and creative options for design, and delivered superior end results every time. We will continue to work with Christa and Albano Design for years to come."
"As I began to develop my logo and website for my new business, Christa played an invaluable role. She asked wonderful questions to help me determine my brand and gently steered me toward style, color and format choices that reflected my vision. She demonstrated both creativity and professionalism throughout the process, always responding to yet another change with good spirits and "can-do" attitude. She acted as a partner fully invested partner in our mutual project , giving me the confidence that we would arrive at solutions together. And we did! Many thanks, Christa."
"Being in the hospitality business I was constantly hearing that having a fresh, motivating, photo centric web presence was essential for driving traffic to the door. That was definitely the case if I wanted to appeal to the millennial audience. There are numerous national web design firms but I wanted a custom design and to work with someone locally. I found all that and more while working with Christa at Albano Design. Christa first developed a creative design concept that caught the viewers attention and then applied her technical skills to make the site intuitive, clean and functional. What was of particular value to me was the continual interaction and guidance Christa provided during the entire process. As you can tell already, I'm a pleased client and fan of Albano Design."
"Christa Albano is wonderful to work with. Christa helped me set up my website from start to finish. In our preliminary meetings, she guided me to a level of service that was appropriate for my business and then helped me with everything from selecting a template, customizing the design, selecting third party vendors and advising me on content. Christa also educated me on how to navigate WordPress so that I make changes to my website quickly and easily going forward. She offers a high level of service and has always been responsive and effective in answering my questions."
"Christa was an absolute pleasure to work with. I wasn't happy with the appearance, functionality or customization of our existing web site- I knew a few basics for what we wanted, but Christa took the reigns with the design and layout, and she introduced a format where we could add and edit content easily. I'm very happy with the site we now have, as well as the price we paid to get there. I would definitely use Christa again in the future, and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone."
"Christa came into a very difficult situation with us. We had an awful website, hardly anything could be reused, and we were on an extremely tight budget. Not only was Christa extremely patient with someone who is technologically challenged she took my design style into consideration when choosing the template. She did an incredible job, even trained my staff to do any updates we wanted to do, within budget and before we expected it to be finished."
"Christa's work on my site was by far the most effective use of my money that I have had the opportunity to appreciate. Once she had completed my site, I had an immense barrage of questions and alterations for her to work on, but where most people have become impatient or less involved she has consistenty come through for me every time without fail. Needless to say, I enthusiastically recommend Christa Albano's services and support."
"Christa Albano walked me through the process of creating a professional website. She educated me about website design, offered me helpful, thoughtful suggestions and has continued to follow through with ongoing review of the website. I highly recommend Christa for website design and consultation."
"Christa Albano has been extremely helpful with new invitation designs for our organization. We are always working with tight deadlines, and she was willing to jump right in and come up with new, creative ideas in a very short amount of time. She's reliable, always meets her deadlines and is willing to do whatever it takes to get us what we need. I am so grateful to have such a great creative resource nearby and look forward to working together on future projects, whatever those might be."
"Christa recently did a complete re-design of my web site for me and I think she did a great job. Her communication throughout the process was excellent and I felt her charges were quite reasonable. I would strongly recommend that you consider her for your web development needs."
"Christa transformed an abstract vision of mine into a wonderful website, with which I could not be more pleased. She communicated clearly and effectively and was creative, resourceful, and thoughtful throughout the process. She took great care in ensuring that I was comfortable not only with the final product, but with every decision made along the way. Christa has happily remained a valuable source of information ever since my project was completed, and for that, I am grateful."
"Once in a blue moon we are lucky to meet that professional who we wish could do everything for us. The lawyer or doctor whom we wish could be our dentist, our plumber and our accountant all in one. Christa is exactly that professional whose service is so complete and full of integrity, you wish you could clone her for all aspects of your life needs! Her efficient use of her time, her thorough approach to the project, her attention to detail and her perceptive understanding of the material make her a one-of-a-kind design professional.
When I came to Christa I was bringing her a germ of an idea. Within one hour it was clear to me that she understood the core concept of my business. She was able to put this into words in a way that anchored me, and has guided me ever since.
It is rare to find a web designer who excels in programming, and the aesthetics of design. Christa is this rare breed who excels in both arenas. Not only does she provide her clients a one-stop experience of concept development, branding, product design, website development and design expertise through each phase of a project, but she has a remarkable gift to be able to organize material and edit text. Anyone who ends up at Christa's door will be fortunate to have found her."