A promising young startup with a mission to allow people to preserve their families life stories online came to us for some help. The challenge: what does a lifetime look like? We did research on how people tell these stories today, how they recall events, and what they like about these activites. That research drove the invention of an original user interface to do something that has never been done before on a computer: share entire lifetimes of experience.
After we completed work on the Biblio Commons Social Discovery Engine, we helped them with their company branding and website to help them better promote their service.
The logotype was a gutsy choice from the archive of neglected experiments we showed them in addition to our 3 top contenders. With some tweaking, ended up embodying them the most, the content and the commons completely intertwined. It’s such an experience just reading it that it’s also hard to forget.
The card’s wild multi coloured bar-code matched the diversity of libraries they white-label to. Best of all is that when you scan it, it actually reads their slogan! “Building connections, around the collections.”
Canadian TV Chef Christine Cushing had a product line about to expand and in need of a rebrand. On her show, Christine gives away recipes all the time, so we decided her brand should too. The recipe is on the jar, so you can try your hand at cooking your own sauce and spending some time with the family. There’s hand-written tips about ingredients from Christine written all over the package for a personal touch. We also came up with a naming scheme that allows for brand extension, and focuses on personalities like ’Daring’ for Spicy Garlic, or ’Romantic’ for a sauce with red-wine in it. Best of all, the colours representing those personalities work together to create a shelf-blocking effect that is near impossible to miss on the shelf, resulting in sales set to triple in their first year of printing.
Late Fragment is a film that lets the audience become the director of what they are watching. The producers came to us to help to sustain their online following. We created a website that builds on the connective and immediate nature of the film. Pulling content like event information, video and images from other online networks, the Late Fragment site can sustain the intimacy of a festival QA session or get word out about an upcoming demo or party. Giving the writers/directors, producers and cast the ability to post news, events and respond to questions is a big part of sharing the realness of an emerging film experience like Late Fragment. From the conceptual framework and information architecture, to the design, development, and deployment of the actual site and posting experience, LateFragment.com gets everyone in on the interaction.
After sitting with Jenny and hearing her describe her incredible creations we decided people needed to hear her too, so we created a web experience reflecting this 1 on 1 with the designer. Each of Jenny’s products includes the things that inspired it like swatches, places, magazines, architecture, and iconic women. We pushed one other boundary, the rich interaction of flash vs. dynamic content of many simple blogging platforms. We worked hard with developer Noah Earle to come up with a flexible and completely updatable xml structure to put the client in control of the collection, inspiration, and even music choices as time goes on.
What if your nation was your values, a nation a thought? Perhaps the most interesting thing is to think of a values based economy, and pairing of beneficial trade relationships. Current beneficial trade relationships often come from natural resource surplus. What if a system could generate and identify the most powerful personal relationships. Introduce you to the nations of thought you need to be a better person, or find the group that needs your skills the most? Help you connect to those who share similar values and interests? Remind you of who you're fighting against and keep tabs on their numbers? What if your identity was based on who you knew and what they said about you? What if the money was not currency, but Commoncy that trades tasks and time? This mapping, trading, and identification system is a complete futurecast of the must fundamental infrastructures of our future.