Welcome to Merlo Design

affordable web & graphic design solutions


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MerloDesign is a San Francisco Bay Area web & graphic design company devoted to meeting your personal needs.

We offer small business web design/development & graphic solutions at affordable, competitive prices.

Is your website outstanding? Does it attract and hold a viewer’s attention? Is navigation easy? Or is your competitor’s website more interesting?

I design custom web sites that are attractive, easy to navigate, and that contain all relevant information. If you are a small-business owner who wants your website to grab and keep the attention of potential clients, encouraging them to make a YES decision to do business with you, contact me. We will create a plan to create the affordable professional web site that meets your goals and has your look.

Outstanding websites attract outstanding customers.

Merlo Design creates your website so that it adapts to the different screen sizes used today. Whether someone accesses your website from a horizontal laptop, vertical or horizontal tablet or phone, it works perfectly, allowing the user to explore your website on various devices and screen sizes. Your site looks great and works perfectly all the time.

Mobile-Friendly - If your website is not mobile friendly, Google will penalize it. When your site is mobile friendly, Google raises its rating. This makes it essential for your site to look and function correctly on the smart phone and tablet.

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About Us

To catch the attention of potential clients, it is important to have images such as an eye catching logo and design, color, and content plus words that hold potential customers in your site, that represent what you want to communicate about your business.

John Merlo has 10 years experience designing brochures, cards, flyers and web sites. Clients include Ohlone College in Fremont, CA; Pacific Telesis Technology Center (now ATT) in Walnut Creek, CA; American President Lines, Oakland, CA, and numerous small businesses.

I work closely with business to create a look that is persuasive.

Color and images catch the attention of a potential client, but how do you old their attention long enough to present your offer? The answer is clear, concise writing that presents the features and benefits of you products and services.

Sandra Merlo has more than 25 years experience writing the copy for brochures, flyers, and reports. As a magazine and newspaper columnist and writer, Sandra became skilled at presenting the essentials with minimal, readable writing. She is an expert at pulling the essential points from printed material you provide and turning it into sentences that are easy to read and understand.

She works with you to crate the verbal image you wish to present to your clients. Matching language to graphics, John and Sandra together create web sites, brochures, and flyers with impact and insight.

Former clients include: PG&E, San Francisco CA; SBC Houston, TX (now AT&T); American President Lines, Oakland, CA; Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, CA); PEA Consulting

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60% of internet users research products and services online

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Web Design

  • Website redesigns
  • Small business websites
  • Mobile-responsive websites (tablet/phone)
  • WordPress Sites/Blogs
  • Website maintenance
  • Content creation, editing and insertion

Basic Website - starting at $500.00

  • Home page plus 4 sub-pages; any additional pages cost extra prices vary.
  • Customized banner
  • Custom design
  • Feedback form
  • Mobile-responsive
  • Search engine friendly (optimized)
  • Phone or e-mail conferences during setup

Midrange Website - Prices Vary Contact Us

This includes all of the above but up to 7 sub-pages and a special banner (slider). Additional pages cost extra prices vary.

Full Website - Prices Vary Contact Us

This includes all of the above but up to 10 sub-pages (any additional pages cost extra prices vary) 2 hrs. content writing and editing, special banner (slider).

If needed, we will assist you (at no additional charge) with domain name registration and / or a hosting account setup. You pay the cost of these services directly to the host.

The more unclear your requests or the more changes you make to your website, the more time it will take and the more it will cost to finish the project. It will help if you have a basic idea of what you want your site to look like and what kinds of graphics you'd like. It can help to point to existing samples. It will also help if you've already written the text you want on your website.

More complex functionality, such as additional artwork and logos, simple database functionality or more complicated shopping functionality can cost more.

Complex websites can cost much more, especially if they require advanced functionality or sophisticated or original artwork.

Content writing or editing $45.00 an hr.

Extra requests $35.00 to $55.00 an hr.

Ask about a WordPress site. Contact us about pricing.

Graphic Design

  • Business Card Design
  • Flyer or Poster Design
  • Brochure Design
  • Letterhead & Envelope Design
  • Logo Design
  • Advertisements
  • Photo Manipulation

Base Pricing for Design

  • Business Card Design - starting at $60.00
  • Flyer or Poster Design - starting at $200.00
  • Brochure Design - $300-$600
  • Business Stationery - $150-$250
  • Logo Design - $150-$450
  • Advertisements - varies
  • Photo Manipulation - $55.00 hr.

Additional costs:

  • Extensive revisions after the initial concept is approved are considered "author's alterations" and are usually an extra charge. The cost will depend entirely on the designer's standard hourly rate and the type and scope of the revisions. Extremely extensive revisions that change the nature of the project may require a new contract.
  • Printing costs are typically not included in graphic design fees, and will vary depending on the type of project, the number of colors used and the total number of printed pieces.

Content writing or editing $45.00 an hr.

Extra requests $35.00 to $55.00 an hr.

Our Customers

Ed DiazEd Diaz
Sr. Loan Officer at Movement Mortgage, LLC NMLS# 249808
A warm hello to you John! Wanted to take the time to commend you for doing such an amazing job with my social media links and banners. WOW! You were so easy to work with and so FAST. I was honestly amazed at the speed and quality of your work. Believe me, I will absolutely make sure to refer you to my vast network. Keep up the great work! Ed Diaz/Movement Mortgage

Evan PalmerEvan Palmer
Owner, Expense Management Group
John completed our project on-time and on-budget. He brought excellent, creative ideas to the table, and is extremely easy to work with. I feel very fortunate to have been recommended to him and would not hesitate to call on him again. Evan Palmer, Expense Management Group

Dr. Dan Smith, ChiropractorDr. Dan Smith
General Chiropractic, Sports Chiropractic, D.C.
John has helped me with my graphic art and web site design. He is prompt, creative and I will use his professional skills again. I can highly recommend John for his graphic arts and web site design work.
Thank you,
Dr. Dan Smith

Andrew BozemanAndrew Bozeman
Coach/Speaker/Trainer: Stop hanging onto past mistakes, step aside and let your dreams bloom into reality (415) 306-4695
I recently worked with John as a subcontractor to create a website for one of my clients. I found him to be highly responsive to our needs while at the same time making significant contributions to our project. His ideas filled in spots we weren’t even aware of. And his ability to adjust as the project proceeded made working with him a true pleasure. We highly recommend John as a web designer/developer.

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John Merlo
PO Box 2329, Novato CA

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