If you're a regular reader of our news pages you may remember that back in early 2011 we designed a website for Down at the Social, a startup PR company formed by ex-Brazen Account Director Daisy Whitehouse. Following a very successful year and a half, a number of new client wins and a change in the management structure DatS decided it was time for a brand refresh and a revamp of their site so naturally they came to us. View the 'bigger and better' site here: www.downatthesocial.co.uk
Manchester digital agency Corporation Pop news
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
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
"Quarantine is quite simply a marvel, a company that's right at the forefront of British theatre," says Lyn Gardner in The Guardian.
It's been a pleasure and an honour to work with Quarantine, one of the UK's most innovative theatre companies, for almost a decade now. Back in 2003 the company approached us to deliver a brand identity that would reflect the innovative, sophisticated and radical work that they produce. In response we designed a logo based on the international flag for a ship in 'quarantine', with a bold colour palette and a set of typographic rules that make Quarantine's visual identity instantly recognisable. We think its testament to the strength of the brand that it still looks as fresh today as it did ten years ago.
When the company asked us to design their new website the challenge was to find new ways in which the brand could be expressed in an online environment. Previous websites had failed to do this effectively because they had either tried to reproduce the brand as it has been expressed in print or had strayed too far from the core visual identity. Our solution takes the essence of the brand – the strong combination of black and yellow, the contrasting sans serif and serif typefaces, the bold use of photography and the breaking of typographic conventions – and express this in ways which are ideally suited to the fluidity of online design.
Read more about our work with Quarantine in our case study.
View the website at: www.qtine.com
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!