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Do Something Brilliant website

Do Something Brilliant website

Today sees the launch of 'Do Something Brilliant' – a national three year campaign, run by Community Channel and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The campaign champions communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and aims to inspire people to do something brilliant in their own lives that will make a big difference to themselves and the people around them.

We've been commissioned by Community Channel to develop the website, where a whole host of 'little brilliant things' are housed to celebrate what’s on offer locally and provide suggestions for people to get involved. Visitors to the site can upload their own ‘little brilliant thing’ and comment on those submitted by others. They can register their intention to do something similar or note that they’ve done the same thing. An ‘inspiration’ section gives tips and ideas on how to create your own ‘little brilliant thing’ whilst videos from Community Channel feature the best charity and community from around the UK. Content is categorised into one of the four campaign strands (‘active’, ‘creative’, ‘green’ or ‘together’) so that visitors can search for activities by both type and region. Corporation Pop have also built a social media scraper which searches Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for content tagged with the hashtag #somethingbrilliant and then pulls it in to the site where, after moderation, it appears in the appropriate ‘brilliant thing’ category.

Nicola Morris, Head of Online at Community Channel, had this to say, “Partnerships are at the heart of our Do Something Brilliant campaign and the generosity of Corporation Pop in both terms of time and resources has been imperative to ensuring this campaign a success. The interactive nature of the website is what’s core to creating conversations between charities, communities and individuals and it’s this factor which is integral to help to inspire others to do #somethingbrilliant”

We’re honoured to have been asked to work on this important national campaign and we’ll be keeping a close eye on the site as it grows over the next three years.

www.dosomethingbrilliant.co.uk

Media Trust website

Media Trust website

Media Trust is the UK’s leading communications charity, with over 20 years of success creating communications solutions for charities and communities for social good, working in alliance with the UK’s top media and communications companies. Media Trust services include training, film production, new distribution and support for community projects across the UK, as well as a unique ‘media matching’ service that maps a wide range of professional comms skills to charity requests for support.

Following a pitch earlier this year we were tasked with re-designing their site around their existing content management system. The Trust has a complex and diverse offer with many different user types and a mixture of paid-for and free services. Our task was to make each user’s journey to relevant content a simple one whilst also showcasing past initiatives and successes.

Our solution involved a complete restructure of the information architecture reorganising content in to four main areas, each clearly differentiated by the use of colour. New visitors are signposted to relevant content areas via a landing page. Cookies ensure that repeat visitors bypass the landing page and go directly to the information that they’re interested in. Changes to the site design were achieved by re-writing the style sheets and pinning new HTML templates to the CMS. 

You can visit the site at www.mediatrust.org

3hundredand65

3hundredand65

3hundredand65 is an amazing project in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust, conceived on New Years Eve by Dave Kirkwood. ''It is a response to the awful news I had that my good friend's teenager had been diagnosed with cancer and would consequently be facing a year of invasive treatment," explains Dave. That good friend was our MD, Dom Raban, so the project has a very special significance for Corporation Pop.

Taking place over the 365 days of 2012 the project uses Twitter in a unique exercise in collaborative storytelling. Every day a new storyteller contributes no more than 140 characters to the emerging narrative. Though the contributions are finely crafted, for the storytellers it's an easy undertaking. Dave on the other hand has his work cut out providing daily illustrations to accompany each tweet.

"I'm a designer not an illustrator," says Dave, "I've never taken a commercial commission for my drawings. I nearly lost my sight two years ago in a freak accident. Manchester Eye Hospital saved it, but I'm under the continuous threat of it going at any time. I started drawing at the Eye Hospital one day and couldn't stop. It's become a bit of an obsession so it's my channel swim if you like, without all the effort."

We've designed and built the website and will be designing a limited edition book, sponsored by GF Smith Papers and published early next year. We are also hosting the site – not something we'd normally mention but for the fact that on 23rd May twitter supremo Mr. Stephen Fry, who has an astonishing 4.3 million followers, will be contributing to the story so we're preparing for a huge surge in traffic!

www.3hundredand65.co.uk