Whatsonstage.com Awards 2012
The Whatsonstage.com Awards, the “Theatregoers’ Choice”, are the only major theatre awards in which the audience are the judges across all 20+ awards categories. Last year 46,000 people voted for their favourites in the awards, but this year, Whatsonstage.com decided their branding was worth an upgraded.
I was in charge of this upgrade, which involved making a new website using their existing CMS, advertising material, and various newsletters/invites that were sent out to theatregoers, invited guests and performers.
Many celebrities attend the awards and use social media to gain votes, giving an extremely large number of page hits. It was vital to create a website that was easy to navigate, nominate/vote, and access the needed information with ease.
Melody was my major project at University and it is an interactive floor that will teaches children about various musical instruments and how to play them. Using a Kinect, the bodies are tracked, allowing the children to immerse themselves within the music and their movements will create melodies. This new method of teaching was created following the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum.
The system was created in Flash using the TuioKinect application to communicate with the Kinect. As it was designed for children, it was important to create aesthetics that are bright and colourful to suit their needs and make an enjoyable experience for them.
The website was very simple as it was only a medium to explain what it is and to show the trailer, but it was vital to use the same images and style that the rest of the project has used. HTML5 was used for the trailer, making it easy to view it on multiple devices, including the iPhone and iPad where Flash can't be viewed.
COWs is a face-paced, side-scrolling puzzle game for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, combining puzzle-solving skills and steady hand skills. The player takes control of spherical Cow characters in the aim to guide them to the end of the level over pitfalls and by attacking enemies by tilting their mobile device. The player can attack enemies by flicking the character, making it bounce around the screen at high speeds. The game will be time based, as well as score based for defeating enemies and collecting pickups.
I created the COWs website as part of a collaboration for a final major project at University. I was given the logo and colours used and had to continue the same branding that the game used. I had to work to a tight deadline to ensure that everything was completed in time.
Route Design Technology
Route Design Technology is a small web design company based in New York City, where they focus on helping your business grow and evolve, whatever the task may be. They can provide clients with a solution to any needs they may have, including: redefining their brand, building and designing an e-commerce website or developing strategies to increase the ROI.
I worked with Route Design Technology to design a new website for their big relaunch. They wanted to move away from Flash with a focus on using the latest web techniques to help clients "Elevate your brand online." I used the company's themes and colours to maintain their branding.
Celia Mei Rubin
Celia is a Broadway and West End performer and needed a website to showcase her talent. She wanted her website to have a "pieces" theme, which included having different names for the links than normally expected, for example her images page was titled "A Million Little Pieces". I created the design to fit in with this theme and to suit her personality. Celia also wanted to be able to update her blog and latest news herself, so the site was created in such a way to allow her to do this.
"Working with Peter on creating my website was easy and inspiring, and I couldn't be happier with the final site, on which I have gotten many compliments from friends and colleagues. Peter is incredibly efficient, and has a solid understanding of what his client is looking for, which takes a lot of pressure off of the client. He even brought new and exciting ideas to my original vision. I would recommend Peter in a flash to anyone who is considering creating their own website." - Celia
The Station is an online media showcase of work created by media students at Bournemouth University. It was created in PHP and through the use of MySQL, users are able to register on the website and submit their own creations, and comment/rate on other students work, creating a virtual community. It is currently in a prototype stage where it only supports images, videos, scripts and audio files, but this can expand in the future to allow other formats. Users are also able to create a profile page where they can add their details, such as a picture, location and a brief bio about themselves.
The website needed to have an emphasis on location, so I made use of the Bournemouth Eye, an iconic feature in Bournemouth, in the logo and used gradients to make it stand out.
As part of a unit on my University course, we had to create an interactive game using either Flash or Unity in small groups. My group created a game made in Unity called "Flux", which involved a small heroic character on a one-man mission to restore light back into his world, Nebula, that had been stolen by the evil Kreig. Restoring the light meant restoring the peace and harmony in Nebula. As the user collects more light, called Orcus, the game increasing in brightness.
My role in the group was the project manager, which involved overseeing everything and ensuring the group was going to finish by the deadline, but I was also in charge of the website. It was vital that the aesthetics of the game are extended onto the website.
Users were able to register and log in on both the website and the game as they were connected to the same database. Once logged into the website, they were able to view their score and medals, and compare them against user players. The website also increased in brightness as the score grew, just like the game, as seen in tthe screen shots to the right.
The Nap Is Back!
We had to create a campaign on a topic of our choice as part of my University course in conjunction with Battlefront, a campaigns website for Channel 4. My group decided upon promoting power naps in schools and work places, like they used to do, resulting in "The Nap Is Back!".Working with TV production and scriptwriting students, the website had to have the same ideas and themes running throughout the entire campaign. It also needed to include the videos we created for the campaign, our latest twitter feed, and made the use of the YouTube API, allowing users to submit their own videos of them announcing that "The Nap Is Back" in their country, which are then shown on the website.
The feedback from Channel 4 (a nation UK TV channel) was fantastic and we were all pleased with how much they loved our campaign. They especially loved how the website was in keeping with the other content and thought it was one of the best they had seen.
Food & Flowers
Food & Flowers is a catering company specializing in South African cuisine who wanted to expand their business. Therefore, they required a website to promote their services online.
They had a specific design in mind with strict instructions on what content needed to be on each page. I sat down with them and created exactly what they wanted. The website was simple, but contained all the relevant information to help expand their business online.