Forced Entertainment 20 years on

Forced Entertainment 20 years on

The year is 1994 and 'The Internet' is a world whispered about, populated with MUDs, newsgroups and chat rooms. There is a new kid on the block called the World Wide Web and some 2500 or so brave pioneers have taken the publishing plunge and launched their own websites.

In that year we were commissioned to design the publicity for 'Speak Bitterness', a new show by Forced Entertainment, one of the UK's most exciting experimental theatre companies. That was the start of a close relationship with the company that continued for the rest of that decade as we delivered design services that, in their own way, were as ground breaking as the company's theatre practice.

Now, 20 years and over a billion websites later, we're delighted to be working with Forced Entertainment once again. This time round we've re-designed their website; a responsive site, which changes colour palette and image library on every visit. You can view the fruits of our labour at www.forcedentertainment.com

Date : 14.10.14

Type : Website

Sector : Arts

Record year brings 3 new team members

Record year brings 3 new team members

It’s been a record year at Corporation Pop. We doubled our turnover by year-end 31 August 2014, marking this year the company’s best year of trading since forming in 1991. We've secured a raft of new client wins over the last 12-months too including the BBC, Study Group, Hivehaus, Flint Plus Flint, Sutherland Global and NCUK. Growth has also continued across existing accounts with Channel 4, The Cream Group and ProReal. This success has driven demand for more hands on deck so we’re very happy to announce the appointment of three new recruits to the team.

Chris Baker has just been appointed from Uniform in Liverpool to take up the role of Senior Developer. He will be working closely with our existing Senior Developer, Oisín Wood on online projects, particularly focusing on application development. Rich Jones also joins this team. He was previously working at Virtek, a specialist music industry e-commerce agency.

New to the creative team is Mike Stanley. He was previously working at Evolutia and has been appointed as a Senior Digital Designer. We are also currently recruiting for a middleweight Digital Designer, who we hope to appoint within the next few weeks.

It’s great to welcome three new faces to the team. All have strong online skills honed over many years, so they will strengthen our existing specialism of mixing strong design with technology expertise to provide digital solutions that not only work, but look good too.

Date : 20.09.14

Type : Company news

Poppy app to commemorate World War 1

Poppy app to commemorate World War 1

Few people can have failed to realise that 2014 marks the centenary of the start of World War 1. As part of the commemorations we have been commissioned by Lets Go Global to create a responsive web app that showcases work produced by the Poppy project. Poppy is running in libraries across Greater Manchester throughout 2014. Artists and members of the community work together to create poems, illustrations, music, video and audio based artwork that reflects their contemporary and conceptual view of the Great War.

When a piece of content is uploaded through the content management system a red or white poppy is created in the app. A red poppy represents stories about war whilst white ones reflect more peaceful themes. Clicking on a poppy reveals the content and a number of share options – each time a poppy is shared on social networks it grows in size. The movement of the poppies across the screen is controlled by an algorithm which ensures that the motion is fluid and organic, much like poppies moving in the wind. Ease of use was central to the development of the app and the responsive design works across all digital devices without the need to download. The app is built using javascript and the HTML5 canvas element.

Karen Shannon, Director, Lets Go Global had this to say: "Corporation Pop has been a pleasure to work with. We came to them with a vision of a creative app that exhibits people's artwork, with poppies that flourish and grow as they're viewed. We're really excited by the finished app, and the website. They're a fantastic way to explore the Poppy project, and a beautiful tribute to the First World War."

Have a play with the Poppy app and share content with your friends.

Earlier this year we developed the Poppy website where you can find more information about the project.

Date : 09.09.14

Type : Web app | Website

Sector : Arts

Secrets of the Vatican video stings

Secrets of the Vatican video stings

Secrets of the Vatican is an hour long documentary commissioned by Channel 4 which, to quote the Channel's own publicity 'is the epic story of the collapse of the Benedict papacy'. 

To support the programme we have been commissioned to produce 4 short videos which will be available on YouTube and shared on Twitter and Facebook. Each video takes a quote from the programme and uses animated typography to cleverly illustrate the themes expressed in the quote. VoiceOver was provided by Channel 4.

Each video is available to view on our Vimeo page. The programme airs at 11pm on 25th March on Channel 4. 

 

Date : 24.03.14

Type : Motion

Sector : Broadcast

Do Something Brilliant website

Do Something Brilliant website

Today sees the launch of 'Do Something Brilliant' – a national three year campaign, run by Community Channel and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The campaign champions communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and aims to inspire people to do something brilliant in their own lives that will make a big difference to themselves and the people around them.

We've been commissioned by Community Channel to develop the website, where a whole host of 'little brilliant things' are housed to celebrate what’s on offer locally and provide suggestions for people to get involved. Visitors to the site can upload their own ‘little brilliant thing’ and comment on those submitted by others. They can register their intention to do something similar or note that they’ve done the same thing. An ‘inspiration’ section gives tips and ideas on how to create your own ‘little brilliant thing’ whilst videos from Community Channel feature the best charity and community from around the UK. Content is categorised into one of the four campaign strands (‘active’, ‘creative’, ‘green’ or ‘together’) so that visitors can search for activities by both type and region. Corporation Pop have also built a social media scraper which searches Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for content tagged with the hashtag #somethingbrilliant and then pulls it in to the site where, after moderation, it appears in the appropriate ‘brilliant thing’ category.

Nicola Morris, Head of Online at Community Channel, had this to say, “Partnerships are at the heart of our Do Something Brilliant campaign and the generosity of Corporation Pop in both terms of time and resources has been imperative to ensuring this campaign a success. The interactive nature of the website is what’s core to creating conversations between charities, communities and individuals and it’s this factor which is integral to help to inspire others to do #somethingbrilliant”

We’re honoured to have been asked to work on this important national campaign and we’ll be keeping a close eye on the site as it grows over the next three years.

www.dosomethingbrilliant.co.uk

Date : 25.02.14

Type : Website

Sector : Charity

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