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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.