About Us

Hi! I'm Dan...

Dan Cotugno-Cregin

Owner, Baltic Web Design

At its core, Baltic Design is all about the personal touch. For me, it's more than just business; it's about forging lasting relationships with my clients. I like to stick around to help you grow your business.

It's not just about crafting pixels and code into a website. It's about weaving them into an experience without making it overcomplicated. I aim for sleek designs that load in the blink of an eye, backed by solid coding that has an easy-to-manage content management system.

Whether you’re a local business or an e-commerce company, I can help you build a great website that provides a return on investment and equip you to make informed decisions so you can run your business online.

Currently, I partner with several established e-commerce ventures, extending support that spans from, maintenance, app development, and speed optimization to hosting solutions.

Working alongside skilled developers and designers for expansive endeavors, and with the unwavering support of my wife, Daria, as my Operations Manager, we're dedicated to ensuring every client’s success, whether you're a new start-up or an industry titan.

If you're pondering a digital collaboration, thanks for thinking of Baltic Design. Let’s embark on this exciting journey together!


Our History

Back in 2000, I kickstarted my journey as a web and print designer with Sage Software Plc. For six transformative years, not only did I delve into design and technology during my work hours, but also committed myself to furthering my skills by attending college courses in the evenings and on weekends.

By 2009, the entrepreneur in me took the wheel, and that’s when Baltic Design was born. Since then, it’s been a whirlwind of innovative projects and amazing clients, including collaborations with industry giants like Ubisoft and Vertu Motors.

Initially, Baltic Design wore the hat of a brand & web design agency with a keen focus on online gaming and the affiliate marketing industry. As the digital landscape evolved, I ventured into the realms of coding intricate web applications, seamlessly connecting APIs to bring to life tools like the Staircase Builder and a personalized Gift Card creator.

In the tech arena, I've gone all-in, mastering the intricacies of Javascript, PHP, and HTML5, mainly tailored for the WordPress and WooCommerce ecosystems. Whether it's a server throwing a tantrum, a piece of code playing hard to get, or refining usability, I've got it covered.

The Process

Introduction Call. In a 30min Phone call or a Zoom meeting, we’ll discuss your goals, where your business is currently, how we can possibly help you, and see if we’re a good fit to work together.

Knowledge of your customer’s needs, what your competitors are up to and what preparation will be needed will help us estimate the time and resources required for the project. If you already have a domain name and content, or an existing website the time required to launch can be significantly quicker.

A simple brochure website or straightforward e-commerce site enquiry may lead to an estimate, followed by a formal proposal. If you have more customisation or functionality in mind, we will first propose a paid project discovery, where we can nail down the requirements and create a blueprint to move forwards.

Estimate. Based on our introduction call, I’ll follow up via email with a rough ballpark on price and timeline for your project based on our experience and what you’re trying to achieve. If your happy to proceed we can provide a formal proposal you can sign off, or for simple sites, just an email specifying your requirements. This will come along with an invoice for a deposit. We usually take a deposit of 25-50% of the project cost (depending on project size) to begin work.

Project Discovery. If you have a great vision, require specific functionality or have a very detailed idea of what you need from us, we can offer a project discovery service to go over all the specifics and details about your project.

This will help us determine the necessary functionalities, scope, structure, assets, legal requirements, and key performance indicators that will make your project successful.

Proposal. With the blueprint for your project outlined from our discovery call, We’ll provide you with a detailed proposal that includes all the deliverables and scope of work, along with a price and timeline till launch.

Project Start. Once your proposal has been signed and/or your deposit is paid, we’ll schedule a follow-up call. In this conversation, we'll outline our mutual roles and duties to ensure the project sails smoothly.

We'll also take stock of all required assets, such as written content and images, paving the way for the upcoming phase.

Design & Development. Unless requested specifically, we will be designing as we build, using your logo, colours and branding as a guide. We provide a development URL so you can review our work as we go, we’ll also keep in contact to provide updates and get feedback along the way.

If you prefer to have some static design mocks signed off before proceeding, we can provide this as a supplementary design service. This can all be agreed upon in our introduction call or project discovery.

Testing & Quality Assurance. Once we’ve addressed all the deliverables, we’ll put your project through our testing and quality assurance procedures, looking at website speed, browser compatibility and how the site looks on all platforms,

We allow for a set number of amendments to ensure the project is complete to your satisfaction. It’s important you collate all, changes and tweaks into a concise document so we can move the site toward completion more efficiently in a timely manner, any errors on our part will be corrected free of charge.

Once you’ve approved all the deliverables, we’ll be set to launch your site.

Launch. When your website is primed and the final payment is settled, it's time for the big reveal on your domain. Following its debut, we'll run another round of quality checks. Plus, over the next 30 days, you're free to request minor tweaks or modifications such as swapping out an image, updating an address etc…

Aftercare. A productive website isn't just about design, but about consistent care, a website requires a watchful eye to monitor traffic and tweak the site to increase user interaction, software updates to avoid malware and bots, and often new content to keep things fresh.

We offer comprehensive website maintenance services to keep things running smoothly. Prefer a hands-on approach? No worries – we can guide you with step-by-step instructions to manage your site's upkeep on your own.

Work with us to improve your presence online

With a special focus on e-commerce, web development, and UX/UI design, we are the go-to choice for businesses not only in Newcastle and the North East but also throughout the UK.

Located in Gateshead, Baltic Design is at the forefront of the digital landscape, offering expert troubleshooting, speed optimisation, and robust hosting solutions.

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