Missy’s website now live!!!

Missy

Missy wanted to be Cynthia Rhodes when she grew up. Life not always throwing the right kind of lemons, she instead trained in ballet, gymnastics and dance (as well as a good healthy dose of Fine Art Theory and History thrown in) – and has become one of the Southern Hemisphere’s top cabaret pole dancers.

It was clear early on that Missy is definitely not in the tacky plastic shoes, flat alcopops and bad r n b school of pole dance. It was clear we going to have some fun creating a look that instantly shows this distinction.

The site feel takes a lot from the silent movie era. It is hard to say exactly how this came about, but we talked a lot and had a common love of Weimar era styling. In fact, her formidable Art History knowledge, insight and sense of aesthetic set the tone and benchmark for this project. Whilst we didn’t want to directly copy a particular vintage design, the sense of romance and drama and magic of was definitely high on the list for the new website look.

The site homepage sets the stage for what Missy is about. Instantly distinctive, with an elegant image of her effortlessly posed on the pole. It is one of the most minimal homepages I have produced, with hardly any text – letting the imagery speak. On pressing Enter, the homepage flickers and fades away in almost the blink of an eye to show the new page. It is

The site details are based on 1920s ornamentation. The thumbnail images on the news page are small porthole pictures in Black and White. They softly saturate to full colour when you roll over them.

The menu bar takes cues from early movie theatres, and the calendar and gallery are styled in a panelled ‘leather’ upholstery.

Technically and artistically, this has been an extremely challenging site to make. The lack of text on the homepage is anathema to modern SEO compliant sites. I took a cue from live performance and theatre to get around this. The homepage is actually a ‘curtain’. When you enter the site, the homepage magically fades away to reveal the news page. The site, and search text is, essentially in waiting behind this curtain.

This site is the first one I have produced with the new WordPress TwentyTwelve as the parent theme. This particular theme is actually so new, I had to search around to find a download link for it. TwentyTwelve proved to be a perfect partner to the project for its own elegant and lean coding.

The calendar uses schema.org coding for perfect visibility on Google’s event searches.

Back to Missy, she is an extremely enigmatic person and performer. Her work on the pole is distinctive and quite unlike other performers. Go and see her in a show (check out the calendar page!), or if you are a promoter, hire her now, you need her in your show!

See the Artballs portfolio for Missy here

misssapphira.com now live!!!

Sapphira - Tease

So, hot on the heels of the recent design we made for australianburlesquefest.com, we continue the burlesque theme, we are delighted to present Sapphira’s new website!

Sapphira wanted a distinct site to replace the site she’d made in iWeb. She’d done a great job with it, but anyone who has used iWeb knows that beyond a few basic design tweaks, it really is the Fisher Price toy of web design, so…

We looked at a lot of sites together. Well, over Skype as Sapphira is in Melbourne and I am in London – and narrowed down a list of site features that she wanted.

Sapphira wanted razzmatazz, red curtains, butterflies, (Callithea Sapphira, of course!).

So, with the operative word being razzmatazz, I decided to see if I could put all those elements together, and still keep the look showy, but elegant and easy to navigate.

We came up with the ‘postcard header’ idea. Sapphira has some really great photos that show off her personality. Each page features a different photograph and a different aspect of her persona.

We also put in the butterflies AND covered them in glitter!

The site features some lovely if subtly and slightly geeky other features, but the main points are that it is easy to manage and update. Homepage news can be updated in moments, there is a form builder for Sapphira’s showgirl classes, so she can make her own online enrolment forms.

Sapphira runs her own burlesque academy called Sapphira’s Showgirls. She also co-promotes the Australian Burlesque Festival (27th May–12th June, see australianburlesquefest.com for details)… She is also a damn fine singer. You can see and hear more of her on the new website:

misssapphira.com

 

 

Do it Momma website now live!!!

Lizzie Haines is a prolific blogger and maker of stuff. She wanted a website that reflects her hand made items, and somewhere to blog news, stories and delicious recipes. Artballs have created a scrapbook look for the site. The latest posts feature in Polaroid style panels on the home page and the site features text that looks like it was made on an old Remington typewriter. Nearly all of the graphics are hand drawn especially for the site, including custom doodles for each category header.

The site has full SEO, is fully updateable, including the shop, where you can buy items that can be personalised with names and messages.

Check out Do it Momma here: www.doitmomma.co.uk

Anil Desai site now live!!

Anil Desai is a stand up impressionist. His work can be seen on the BBC website and he has recently toured the Edinburgh Fringe, Australia and India.

A key aspect of his show is a deck of cards with the name of a well-known personality on it. The audience chooses cards and Anil improvises a sketch based on these characters.

I wanted the site design to reflect those playing cards. All of the panels feature well thumbed playing card backgrounds. The home page posts look like the are scattered like cards laid on a table.

The site features a homepage featured slideshow, easy to update gig listing, with links to iCal or Google Calendars, a video jukebox and gallery.

The site is easy to update with news and latest gigs.

You can see the site here: www.anildesai.com