Earlier this year I sent an email to the band Faded Paper Figures. Me being a long time fan, I decided to write an email expressing my joy over their music. A few emails later, we got to talking about maybe working together on their new album which wouldn't be released until sometime later in the year. We thought cool, we could work on the album cover together. Yet the album was still very much in production so the cover was really not of prime importance, so we left off at that.
Then not too long after, Kael and John contacted me and asked if I would be able to design their website instead. Since they've thought of a new website for awhile, but couldn't find the right fit for the project, it was in bit of a state of limbo. So I decided to take a crack at it.
Apparently they've had many people approach them asking to redesign their website. The first design did not go over well, it was pretty much scrapped at the get go. But the band really loved my ideas functionality wise and decided to stick with me. We tweaked, redesigned, and scrapped things countless times over until I created something that was the perfect fit.
Their cooperation was astounding and the work that came from it, is as much their work as it is mine. I love it when clients see the importance of their participation in the design process. The band was fully into it and I believe that the work is better when it becomes a shared process.
New & Improved Site
The home page became the new look and feel for the site. It had several different images that consisted of fused art tools, that would change randomly on refresh. The site became sort of the scene of an art project, as if the viewer stumbled upon the work desk of an artist. It was organic and in a state of flux, like the band and its constantly changing sound. The tools reflected the unlikely combinations that can create likable results.
The new site would improve on a lot of things the old site did not have. The lyrics page became much more organized and easier to navigate. The gallery page was made using Galleria with a flickr plugin, so that the band could update via flickr. The news section had a new live twitter feed that would constantly update along with their recent news. And finally the store was a simple page where fans could buy t-shirt and the albums.