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3 Oct
Posted by Jane

Clever Starfish wins WA Web Awards for both The Seventh Duchess & Perth Theatre Company

Last night was the WA state round of the Australian Web Awards – run in parallel with events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

It was held at SpaceCubed in St Georges Terrace – and was a great chance to catch up with other web nerds in our industry.

After a focus on accessibility, we got into the business of the awards – kicking off with our first of two wins for The Seventh Duchess in the eCommerce category! This followed with another award in the non-profit category for Perth Theatre Company.

There were multiple awards in some of the categories and other winners included The Frontier Group, Humaan, JuiceBox Creative, Bam Creative, 303 Lowe, Red Meets Blue, Michael Bollig and Sumo.

For all the chatter, check out our Twitter or #AWA2013 or follow us on Facebook.

The national round of Australian Web Awards runs in two weeks – Sydney here we come!

23 Apr
Posted by Clever Starfish

Hullabaloo Swings Into Action!

We love supporting like minded people and communities who help Perth grow. Hullabaloo is no exception. This energetic annual swing dance festival draws hundreds of people from around the world to a 5 day festival celebrating  jazz music and dance from the 1930s and 40s. 2013 sees the tenth Hullabaloo Perth Lindy Exchange.




Fellow Clever Starfish and local swing dancing legend Trevor Hutchison has regularly volunteered his time to design and build the annual Hullabaloo website. This year Trevor took things to a new level and designed and built an amazing responsive WordPress website which folds down to suit mobile phone screens without compromising it’s beautiful typographical style.

Like any event based website, ticketing is a crucial component. In order to help Hullabaloo with this year’s ticketing, we were asked to develop a custom ticketing system which could manage the complexities of a dance festival without being difficult to operate and worked with WordPress. The system needed to do the most basic transactions, selling tickets to events BUT it also needed the ability to package groups of events for a discounted cost (passes), manage and balance workshop numbers according to lead and follower dancers, capture accommodation options for out-of-town visitors who need accommodation and sell festival products like a shop. All this wrapped up with one management and reporting console. Sheesh! Luckily we were up to the challenge.

With the aid of our oldest programming Starfish, Dave Ridgway, the result was a custom Tentacle based ticketing system which neatly integrated the WordPress site’s responsive styles.

We’re very proud of this ticketing system and also proud to support the 2013 Hullabaloo Perth Lindy Exchange.





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Launch Cake: Delicious Baked French Vanilla Cheesecake

18 Mar
Posted by Davel

Mondolaunche Quattro!

Last week was high-end lighting supplier Mondoluce’s 18th birthday, and to celebrate they not only threw a party, but launched three new brands and websites plus a dedicated blog.

Mondoluce Metalight Mialuce brand sites

Beautiful and functional—just the way it should be

We worked closely with Mondoluce’s branding partner The Globe, establishing a site architecture and browsing experience that would allow users to find lighting fixtures by usage, brand, product and project type. From the industry audience feedback we’ve received, this functionality—combined with The Globe’s slick design—has made their task of sourcing lighting a whole lot easier!

mialuce-product-listing catalogue preview

Una grande famiglia

Mondoluce now has three distinct brands in their family; Mondoluce, Metalight, and Mialuce. The three brand sites and Illuminati blog are all separate domains, but are conveniently managed together using WordPress Multisite and a custom Tentacle catalogue system.

Tentacle handles brands, products, projects, downloads and filtering options, ensuring content is always displayed neatly and consistently. Everything is managed from the one interface, and can be set to show on any of the three brand sites.



Effortlessly fresh

With the exception of the featured banner images, everything you see on each home page is generated automatically from product, project, news and brand content, meaning minimal effort is required to keep it looking fresh.

LaunchCake is yet to be eaten on this one because we were too busy eating tapas at the LaunchParty to plan it! Watch this space for a followup blog…

30 Apr
Posted by Camille

Media140, a good topic for my first blog.

Hi All, this is my first foray into the blogosphere. Please be nice. Then again…. At Media140 last week I was taught to stick my neck out; put myself on the line. I should say what I’m thinking, even if that leads to repercussions like people disowning me online, apparently that’s okay. It just makes your blogs richer and more insightful.

Highlights of the event for me were:

  • Kristen Vang from Hatchd doing Let’s Get Phygital! This was an engaging presentation on how to be more engaging.
  • Michael Walton from Nielsen was likewise very entertaining and interesting. Who knew stats could be fun. Where were you during my uni days Mike?
  • We also had the pleasure of hearing the Social Media insights of Venessa Paech with her down to earth genius, over both Thursday and Friday.
  • Miles Burke’s 37 hints and tips for the digital entrepreneur was a nice way to cap off the second days presentations.

Over the coming weeks we will be posting a little bit more detail on how we have been able to use some of the interesting things we have learnt at Media140.

4 Sep
Posted by Clever Starfish

Site for a great cause: Kathmandu Kids

When Paul Cummings from long-time Starfish client Phenomenon Event Services approached us about donating a web site to a great cause, we were more than happy to be involved. Through the Sunrise Children’s Charity, the group is trying to raise $15,000, which will be used to send 104 slum kids from Kathmandu to school for a year. Paul and some mates will be travelling to Nepal to deliver around 80kg of clothes for the kids as well.

A fundraising quiz night is being held to aid the cause, on September 14 at Carnegies in Perth. Tickets are available now. The Clever Starfish team will be going along – so why not come too? Are you smarter than a Starfish? There’s only one way to find out…

Kathmandu Kids

29 Sep
Posted by Clever Starfish

Speaking at Web Directions South

This week, Starfishes Kay and Al will be away in Sydney for the Web Directions South conference and workshops.

Web Directions is the biggest web conference in Australia, and has been running in various forms since 2004. This year, Kay will be presenting “Starting and running a successful web development business”, where she’ll share some stories about starting up Clever Starfish.

The outstanding job done by the Web Directions team each year was one of the main inspirations for the Australian Web Industry Association to plan the Edge of the Web conference, which will be held in Perth in November this year.

15 Feb
Posted by Clever Starfish

Perth International Arts Festival launches

Cesaria Evora

The 2008 Perth International Arts Festival is well underway, and we’re really pleased to be involved once more.

Art direction for the 2008 site was provided once again by Block Branding, to fit in with the overall Festival theme. PerthWeb provided hosting and additional support, preparing images and video and creating the MySpace page for Beck’s Music Box, the great new music venue on the Esplanade.

Clever Starfish turned Block’s designs into a functioning web site, and integrated changes to the custom content management system to allow Perth Festival staff to maintain the events on the site. A significant change this year was the increased focus on the My Festival Planner, the online tool to allow people to plan their Festival events. Patrons can now upload a photo to their My Festival profile, and the home page features event lists from selected profiles.

Our feature event this year is diva Cesaria Evora, who sings soulful, bluesy Creole-Portuguese folk tunes to Afro-Cuban rhythms – a real melting pot of amazing sounds and textures. More information about Cesaria’s two performances can be found on the site: Cesaria Evora – Perth International Arts Festival 2008.

Other events that you’ll find Starfish staff at include Black Watch, about the legendary Scottish Black Watch Regiment, The Turning, based on the Tim Winton novel of the same name (and a collaboration with Perth Theatre Company, who we also provide web site services to), and New York rockers Sonic Youth.

The Festival program, under new Artistic Director Shelagh Magadza, includes an amazing array of theatre, dance, music, film, visual arts and free events, so there’s definitely something for everyone.

22 Aug
Posted by Clever Starfish

Clever Starfish site wins WA Web Award

web award We’re extremely proud to announce a Clever Starfish web site, Ken Drake Photographic, has taken home the Best Small Business web site award in the 2007 WA Web Awards.

Held last Friday night at the Duxton Hotel in Perth, the WA Web Awards, put on by the Australian Web Industry Association, is now in it’s third year and has gone from strength to strength each year. Over 180 people attended the awards dinner, where 13 winners were announced from 36 finalists.

Ken Drake is a great photographer and we’re lucky to have had such great source material to work with. We hope that the award will help promote his pet photography business even further.

Congratulations to all the other winners – we’re thrilled to be honoured amongst such outstanding company.

Related Links:
Ken Drake Pet Photography
PerthNow’s Web Awards Coverage (including video from the night)
WA Web Awards 2007
Australian Web Industry Association

24 Jul
Posted by Clever Starfish

Vote for your favourite WA web site

The Sunday Times’ PerthNow is running a poll where you can vote for your favourite site from the finalists in the 2007 WA Web Awards.

PerthNow will be presenting a trophy at the WAWA presentation dinner to the most popular site, so head on over and make your opinion count!

You may like to vote for Ken Drake Photographic or the UWA Perth International Arts Festival – the two Clever Starfish sites in the finals list. But that’s just a suggestion!

17 Jul
Posted by Clever Starfish

Starfish sites in WA Web Awards Finals

We’re pleased to announce that two Clever Starfish web sites are finalists in the WA Web Awards for 2007.

Ken Drake Photographic is one of three finalists in the Small Business category, and the 2007 Perth Festival site is short-listed in the non-profit category.

Congratulations to all the other finalists – there’s some tough competition! The awards will be presented at a black tie dinner at the Duxton Hotel on the 17th of August.

View the full list of finalists on the Web Awards site.

2 Sep
Posted by Clever Starfish

AWISE Passionate Leadership Workshop

AWISE – the Australian Women in IT and Science Entity – is sponsoring a workshop on Passionate Leadership with Dr Catherine Norton, and internationally-recognised authority on leadership, communication, and motivation. In the one-day workshop, Catherine will present a model for effective and passionate leaders. Business owners, managers and administrators who wish to further develop their leadership skills are encouraged to attend this interactive one day event, which will be run in Brisbane, Syndey, Perth and Melbourne during September and October.

AWISE is typical of other non-profit organisations in that the most active members are often those that are busiest with their own businesses, jobs, families and community efforts. In order to reduce the administrative overhead involved with running a workshop such as this, Sonja Bernhardt, chair of AWISE, the innovator behind the IT Screen Goddess Calendar and a busy business person herself as CEO of Thoughtware, contracted Clever Starfish to create an online registration form for the workshop.

The secure registration form integrates with online payment processing service eWay to process credit card details automatically and email registration confirmation to the participant. Removing the need for manual payment processing and follow-up frees up more time for AWISE volunteers to concentrate on what they do best – promoting and supporting IT career opportunities for women.

“Efficient, swift, smartly and economically done,” said Sonja. “We were on a super tight timeframe and you delivered within that.”

With minimal customisation, the registration form can be repurposed for other workshops and events for AWISE in the future.

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