Last week we relaunched the website for Birmingham Rep.
We were responsible for the previous version of their site which, going by the number of others that were clearly influenced by it, set a strong standard for theatre websites. That was in 2008 and it was time for a refresh, so we’ve taken the opportunity to add some new functionality and tailor the site more closely to the client’s needs.
As explained on the Rep’s blog:
The new website features more content including blogs and videos, more opportunities for interactivity, it’s mobile friendly and we hope it will encourage site visitors to get involved with the organisation on all levels of engagement.
The biggest functional change is the new, responsive design. The site will recognise the size of the screen you’re using (whether it’s a mobile phone, the massive monitors our designers prefer or anything in between) and alter the layout of the site so you get the optimum experience.
There’s also improved information about cast and creatives, more prominent video, a better comments system and more information in the Get Involved section.
The site has social media integrated into it in various areas. For example, show pages and blog posts can be shared to Facebook and Twitter and comments can be left via social media channels. Most pages also have a Facebook-powered ‘Recommendations’ widget promoting popular content around the site.
Have a look at the site at birmingham-rep.co.uk.
We’re on a run of new site launches at the moment, the latest being for Sheffield Theatres.
The Sheffield Theatres complex is the largest theatre complex outside of London. The Crucible is the main producing venue in Sheffield, as well as the home of the World Snooker Championships, while The Lyceum, is the city’s main receiving venue, playing host to major musicals, drama, dance, comedy and children’s work.
For this website redesign, the client wanted to feature their shows in a more strongly visual style. We’ve allowed them to do that with large homepage banner images and rich media on the production pages.
Something that’s a little out of the ordinary, is the way the site covers more than just the three venues of the Sheffield Theatres complex. Thanks to the way the Sheffield Ticketing Network has been set up, it’s also possible to use the site to buy tickets for shows at other venues such as The Leadmill, Sheffield City Hall and Sheffield Arena.
The site also features Facebook integration, adding social functionality for logged in users, and a mobile-friendly version is on the way.
Carl Timms lead this redevelopment and, during the pitching process, was really keen to win the work. He wasn’t just a visitor to the venues while he was living and studying in Sheffield but also worked the bar there for 18 months. This was his triumphant return!
Check out the site at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.
We’re very proud to launch the website for AngelShares.
To explain the idea:
AngelShares is a new way in which you, as an individual, can help to fund exciting new arts and creative projects. It’s based on the concept of Crowdfunding, which uses online media and social networks to raise support for projects and ideas.
Importantly, Angel Shares is the only arts crowd-funding site that enables registered charities to reclaim Gift Aid on donations, adding an extra 25% to eligible gifts.
The process is simple:
• Browse through the projects and the benefits they offer
• Pick one (or more) that you like
• Register and add credits to your AngelShares account
• Allocate your AngelShares to the project(s) of your choice
As well as people donating to individual projects, we hope that people will come to use that site on a regular basis, supporting the arts by giving regularly and building a portfolio of projects
AngelShares was founded by Sarah Gee from Indigo Ltd. Sarah is an arts marketer and fundraiser with over 20 years of experience who’s already raised over £50million for arts projects. We know she has some ambitious plans for AngelShares and we’re looking forward to seeing the site take off.
It’s already off to a strong start, launching with projects from Belgrade Theatre, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Ikon Gallery, Light House Media Centre and Craftspace. Artists and arts organisations are now able to add their own projects, promote them via project updates and raise the funds they need.
You can also follow Angel Shares on Twitter and on Facebook.