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Damson Audio website

Damson Audio website

When we were contacted by Damson Audio to develop a new website for them we jumped at the chance – not least because we loved their product range of high quality bluetooth speakers aimed at smartphone owners who want top quality audio output.

We've developed a full e-commerce site with some cool design features, like the expandable footer bar which hugs the bottom of your browser window. The site is currently available in five language variants with more expected to be added soon.

We can thoroughly recommend the speakers too – we've got a pair in our pool room!

You can visit the site at: www.damsonaudio.com

Freedom Festival website

Freedom Festival website

Since winning a three-way pitch back in February we've been keen to tell you about our work developing a new website for Hull's annual celebration of arts and music, Freedom Festival. The festival, now in its fifth year, takes place over the weekend of 6th - 9th September and features a diverse programme of arts events as well as an eclectic musical lineup which includes Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Spiritualized and Kid British.

Our site features a responsive design which uses CSS to reflow the site layout according to the device on which the site is viewed. This creates an optimal viewing experience for the user, presenting device specific designs for desktop, mobile and tablet.

STOP PRESS: we've just heard (9th September) that the festival enjoyed its best year ever with over 75,000 visitors and a number of sell-out shows!

You can visit the site at: www.freedomfestival.co.uk

Channel 4 prototypes

Over the last year we've been working with Channel 4 to develop interactive prototypes for connected TVs.

Connected TVs (or 'smart TVs' as they are also known) are televisions which have an internet connection, allowing multimedia content to be delivered directly to your TV. They are becoming more and more common in homes worldwide – nearly 40% of TVs sold this year will be Internet enabled and that's predicted to rise to 80% by 2016.

We’re very excited to be working closely with the UK’s most innovative broadcaster to deliver these experimental prototypes, which are designed to explore the creative and technological possibilities that this exciting new platform holds. The prototypes are not available to view publicly but you can read more about them below:

Channel 4 'Grand Designs' application

Channel 4 'Grand Designs' application

This prototype Connected TV application is designed to support the popular home-building series ‘Grand Designs’. The application provides a user-navigable realistic 3D virtual environment that recreates the buildings shown in the TV programmes.

Pressing the red button on the TV remote gives access to the environment, which can be investigated at will whilst simultaneously watching the TV show. Viewers can enter rooms, look at building details and explore the construction site. Interactive ‘hotspots’ allow the viewer to find out more information about products and materials used in the building.

A map indicates the viewer’s current location within the model whilst a video window shows the broadcast stream. These interface elements can be hidden to create a fully immersive full-screen experience.

Traditional broadcast output often uses 3D models to show environments or objects. However these simulations provide a pre-determined point-of-view and even in a 360º fly-through the perspective is fixed by the render of the model and not the will of the viewer. Also the constraints of the programme format often mean that the model will only appear on screen briefly. Our project creates an immersive and engaging experience by enabling the viewer to explore the 3D environment at will at any point during the course of the programme.

Read more about this project in our case study.

 

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