Ownbeat are very pleased to announce that we’ll be designing the new site for Jessie’s Fund, a major charity based in York.
Since 1995, Jessie’s Fund has been using music to help improve the lives of disabled and seriously ill children. They’ve been very sucessful at this. Notably, Jessie’s Fund has supplied musical instruments to all 40 children’s hospices in the UK. Thanks to them, 28 hospices also have music therapists on the staff. Their “Soundtracks” workshops give children in special-needs schools the chance to create and record their own music.
We plan to make their website more exciting, to reflect the great work Jessie’s Fund is doing. Visually, there will be a mix of photography and hand-drawn illustration. There’ll be more multimedia content, and social media will be integrated to make the best of Jessie’s Fund’s strong Twitter and Facebook following.
The new site will have more case studies: we want to put across the personal experience of some of the children who’ve been helped by Jessie’s Fund. We’ll also expand and improve the on-line resources section for teachers and music therapists.
We’re proud to have been chosen for this project, and can’t wait to get started!
It’s been an exciting couple of weeks at Ownbeat, with the launch of two major projects. Both were complete re-designs, bigger and better replacements for already substantial sites. We’ve put a lot into these two websites, so it’s very satisfying to see them up and running.
The first is a website for the high-profile arts and culture magazine Aesthetica. It features both lavishly illustrated teasers for magazine articles, and free reviews and interviews in the Aesthetica blog. Frequent links to the shopping cart system make it easy for customers to purchase current issues, subscriptions and back issues, or even individual articles.
A market town in Northamptonshire, Brackley may be small, but there’s plenty going on there. Building the new website for Brackley Town Council, our priority was to make important information as accessible as possible. We’ve created an attractive, uncluttered interface that should do exactly that!
We have also been hard at work on numerous smaller projects, including a website for Beware of the Bull. They’re a consultancy who, amoung other things, help charities to make more successful funding bids. We’re proud to be associated with them.
Our latest major client is Brackley Town Council, who have picked us to re-design their website. Brackley is a market town in Northamptonshire with a population of some thirteen thousand. This is an exciting chance for us to show what we can do.
For a local government site, user-friendliness is even more important than usual. This come into play at all levels. As well as incorporating tools for visually impaired users, we’ll be considering everything from an accesibility point of view: navigation, visuals and content.
Everthing needs to be robustly designed and easy to interact with- both for the public and for council employees. An internal search engine is vital- some 40% of users prefer to navigate local government sites this way.
There’s a whole host of other interactive features: enquiry forms, feedback forms, surveys, social media…. Add to this a file-sharing system for council employees, and you have a pretty substantial website. We’re looking forwards to building it all.
As well as our work on the Project Chance website, we’ve been collaborating on another project with Inspired Youth. This one is a poster campaign, called “You Tell Me”
“You Tell Me” is about improving the image, and raising the aspirations, of young people who are parents. Challenging all the nasty stereotypes about “single mums”, and encoraging young parents to take control of their own lives …. this is work we’re proud to be involved with.
The project is linked to Future Prospects‘ work helping young parents to get back into work or education. It is backed financially by City of York Council as part of their Risk and Resilience Strategy. Future Prospects are York’s free employment and education advice service.
Like all Inspired Youth campaigns, “You Tell Me” is rooted in the experience of the people it’s talking about. Young parents (and their children) were involved all the way through, starting with extensive consultations to decide what the basic issues are. They modelled for a photo shoot with Jim Poyner, and will appear in a campaign film made by Spinning Top Films.
For a sneak preview of some of our posters (built around Jim Poyner’s stunning images), check out our portfolio here. We’re very pleased with how they’ve turned out, and hope they’ll go on to do some good in the world.
Ownbeat are very proud to announce that we have been chosen as Aesthetica magazine’s new web team. Aesthetica is a high-profile arts and culture magazine, based in our home city of York, so this is a super exciting job for us.
Aesthetica are known for well-written, in-depth articles covering a huge range of contemporary arts: from Cuban dance to installations, from the music industry to DIY film-making. They are very active in promoting the arts in the UK and internationally, running the annual Aesthetica Art Prize and Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition. November 2011 saw the first Aesthetica Short Film Festival, showing 150 films in 14 venues around York.
Our aim with the rebuild is to improve functionality whilst retaining the strong editorial design values that the magazine is renowned for. Another important part of the work is in the creation a full digital archive of the magazine’s back issues. We can’t wait to get started!
Yorcoustic is a secret gig with a big, big heart. Taking place in York next year, it’s set to be the most talked about event of 2012.
The event has almost 30 artists involved and will raise money for women’s charities across the city.
Ownbeat have been chosen as the marketing company who will brand Yorcoustic and co-ordinate the marketing campaign.
We’ve been beavering away on the initial artwork, which looks a little something like this…
Last week, we blogged about meeting the Bright Sparks as part of our ongoing collaboration with Inspired Youth on Project Chance.
Here are some of the initial designs to come out of the consultation.
Don’t sleep! Chance is coming…
Ordeeo provide cutting-edge audio production to companies accross the UK.
Ownbeat are helping to rebrand the company and develop a web presence that is contemporary and creative. Here is a sneak peek at some of our initial artwork.
We’re proud to announce the launch of our latest project – a new look website for Midlands based training orgainsation ‘The Big Training Company’.
Their old website didn’t capture their dynamic fresh approach, so we built them one that did!
Ever wondered what a website consulation with 15 teenagers might look like?
Well, wonder no more. Here, for your viewing pleasure: when Ownbeat met the Bright Sparks - the photo diaries.
WARNING! Contains an alarming amount of chocolate!