Richard Pryn is a talented media composer based in Swindon who has worked with the likes of Ikea, Evian and Nokia. Richard came to me wanting a website to showcase his portfolio of compositions as well as a showreel of his television and film soundtracks. Due to the large volume of rich media content on the site I decided to build the project in flash and actionscript.
The design is centered around a series of stickman pencil sketches drawn by Richard. I used these images combined with a transformed music score (also from Richard’s sketch book) to generate a mac OS X style global navigation for the site. The testimonials, mp3s and video playlists in the site are all generated with actionscript using external xml files as a data source.
Following it’s launch stompfrog.co.uk was featured on several css galleries including CSS Vault, One Page Love, CSS Clip, Screenalicious, Design Float, Most Inspired, and CSS Walk. More recently Stompfrog was also featured on One Page Love, a brilliant niche gallery dedicated to one page websites.
Due to the nature of these sites I was receiving a lot of traffic from web designers and it wasn’t long before stompfrog rip-offs started popping up. These where easy to find because the code thiefs didn’t have the intelligence to remove my google analytics tracking code!
Several months after the launch of Stompfrog I was contacted by Tim Alper, a journalist who was working for the Korean IT Times. Tim was writing an article entitled “Design At Any Cost?” which was about the importance of design in modern websites and other products.
Tim’s double page article combines some of my own thoughts (sent via an email interview) with those of Park Jung-Yeon a Korean market researcher. As well as it’s online presence the Korean IT Times is also in printed circulation. Many thanks to Tim for sending me a copy via airmail, it is much appreciated.