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Jamie over at Southern Fried Records recently submitted our Fatboy Slim site to We Love WordPress, and they have now added it to their ‘Gallery of Outstanding WordPress sites’. They also had this to say…
“After careful consideration of www.fatboyslim.net, the WordPress powered site that you submitted to welovewp.com, we are happy to notify you that it has been approved and it is now listed in our gallery of outstanding WordPress websites.
The fact that we approve only about 1 out of 10 submissions that we receive, means that this is quite an achievement and yet another reason for you to be proud of your work. Congratulations!”
So big thanks to Jamie, and well done team FBS!
No.2 in a very occasional series of Frank’s Ephemeral Findings
As the summer holiday season draws to a close, I thought this amazing retro postcard was quite an appropriate find. It shows the epic Table Tennis room at Butlins Holiday Camp, Minehead and was actually sent to me many years ago by my now long-departed grandparents Fred and Edie. Personally, I think it’s worthy of inclusion in Martin Parr’s fab collection of Joh Hinde’s Butlins photo, Our True Intent is all for Your Delight
Madness are back on the road this Winter. So as a pre-tour teaser, we added this nutty little fella onto their website. You would not believe how debate raged as we auditioned various nuts for the role. Totally Mad!
Frank has recently created the new identity and website for ISAN (formerly known as the Independent Street Arts Network). ISAN is an independent group of producers, promoters and artists who work in the field of outdoor arts. As well as providing useful downloads and an events calendar, the site also allows members to network and share information.
From the Frank side, a big shout has to go out to “no problem” for leading the site build and getting to grips with all the database malarky.
Frank recently collaborated with old buddy Matt Hill on a website project for the Kaplan Business School Student Union (KBSU). With its punky, stickered stylings, the site is intended to communicate the frenetic buzz of the University’s riverside location in London’s trendy and eclectic Southwark. The site was built so that the Union themselves are able to upload news, events, run polls and to regularly provide students with up-to-date info on courses, finances, travel, accommodation etc.
This Summer has seen Frank involved with three separate festival websites. A Baishakhi Mela and Paradise Gardens for the Arts and Events team at Tower Hamlets Council, and the O2 London Mela for the guys over at Remarkable Productions. This bulletin is probably a bit late, as two of the festivals have already happened (oops), but it’s not too late to check out the Mela in Gunnersbury, West London on the 8th August.
Long time friend Nick Livesey popped in a few days ago. We’re currently helping him out with some typography for a short film, and he was only a few days away from embarking on an extra special extended Fireflies bicycle ride. The ride – now in its 10th year – raises money for Leuka, the Leukaemia research unit at Hammersmith Hospital, and consists of over 80 riders who’ll traverse a route from Geneva to Cannes via the Alps! However, this year Nick and a few of the original riders were setting off from London, so aiming to complete 600 miles before the actual official start! As you can see, he was putting his latest machine through its paces when he dropped in; a special edition Fireflies bike made by the legendary Colnago. This model was one of the ultra rare carbon versions and had us all salivating at its lovely contours (removing the water bottle seemed to half the weight, so all the bike-nerds out there probably get the idea!). Good luck to ‘Lives’ and all the other Fireflies!
… SLASH DOT DASH DOT SLASH DOTCOM!
Frank has just designed the new website for multi-talented musician, DJ, remixer and producer Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim. Inspired by a visit to Norm’s own studio in Brighton, the site references a lot of his own personal collection of sampler gizmos, musical gadgets, floppy disks(!), and scrapbooks of stickers and ephemera. As well as looking cool, and the usual historical stuff, the site allows lots of user interaction… you can Ask Norm a question, kick back and watch videos in the TV room or listen to tracks on Norm’s music player. There’s also info about upcoming tours, image galleries and if you subscribe to Norm’s news feed, you’ll receive regular updates on what great stuff is coming up in the future.
Finally, some tributes (in the style of a Club DJ of course), “Big shout goes out to Katy and Jamie from Southern Fried Records for getting us involved, for Norm and family for being such nice hosts, and also to our boy ‘No Problem’ Nigel for all his efforts with the design and build, now let’s make some f**king noise!”
Frank was sad to hear of Dennis Hopper’s passing on Saturday. Everyone is well aware of Dennis’ acting / directing talents, but he was also a highly accomplished painter and photographer.
Why FRANK? Way back in mid 2003, we were struggling to name our fledgling graphic design business. After yet another week of fruitless name-storming passed… our salvation finally came late one night as David Lynch’s Blue Velvet came on the box. Dennis Hopper’s character, Frank Booth – surely one of the most disturbing screen villains ever depicted – appeared, and something clicked… “Frank”, oh yeah – that kinda works…
The above photo is credited to Douglas Kirkland (link to print shop).
Frank recently helped out with some album graphics for long-term bluesinlondon contributor and all-round good egg, Mr Mark Harrison. It was definitely back to the old art school days as we lovingly ‘scooped’ out a linocut cityscape illustration for Mark’s excellent new recording: Watching the Parade. Even though sharp implements were employed, no major cuts or bruises ensued and all our fingers are still intact! Anyway, we also really like the record and not just because he’s a mate! You can find out more about Mark at his myspace page.