I wanted to share links to some interesting websites I discovered through that contest. Videos from these websites were my favorites.
I rather liked One Hundred Jobs since Aimee Davison is rather like Bridget Jones in the flesh. You must check out her blog. There were a few “funny” contest submissions, but this was easily the best of them.
Cow and the Moon Paper Company created another of my favorite videos. The video’s theme was that the website allowed Kelly Linhares to be a stay at home mom This certainly resonated with me having lived it myself. (And it was worth it!) The problem I had with this film was that it didn’t tell me about the home business. I had to go to her website to find out that she creates fun invitations and greeting cards (and she certainly seems to have a better business sense than I do). This video made it into the finals, but she decided to pull out rather than continue the way the contest was being run.
The Cake Lady is another of my favorites because it led to a really good website. I felt that Vanessa Le Page’s film suffered from framing; it would have benefited from tighter editing and close shots of the website. The website is excellent… visually stunning and *gasp* a fluid layout! Woohoo! I gained five pounds just popping in.
Ibsurdities is an excellent website showcasing the talented Lori Watson’s wildlife art, “Scratchboard Prints” and graphic design work. Take a look at some of the exceptional work she’s done.
Studio Diva Lynn Davies is a terrific artist. The website shows off some of her really fine artwork. But it goes a bit further than that, she takes a serious look at the process of creating art. Definitely worth a good look, particularly if you’ want to learning how it’s done.
Bram Timmer’s Beside is a domain name (part of a series of domain names… along with aside and reside…) with a pun I can appreciate. I found the film interesting, but it went on too long for a “talking head” without actually showing any of his websites. This talented guy has a great body of work, but I prefer the fluid aside photo page because the images are available large.
I haven’t been out to Kleinberg in quite a while, but The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is certainly an important Canadian art collection. My bone to pick is that the site only displays teeny images of the artwork in the collection. This is a common failing many people make with websites, only putting thumbnails or inferior images online, or stamping “sample” on their artwork. This comes from the worry that “giving it away free” will compromise the business.
My thinking is more on the line of building an audience. A thumbnail image is not going to make a fan out of me. Looking at paintings on a website is not the same thing as looking at them in reality. I suspect the website would bring the gallery much more business if it was opened up. The only way people become fans of art is through exposure.
In the old days of radio that was understood by the music companies: giving it away for free was how the fan base was built. I don’t listen to the radio anymore, so the internet is where I tend to go to find new music.
Which leads to Jane Paddy‘s beautiful folk music. This is another good website that cleverly allows visitors to listen to the music, which allows people the opportunity to experience the music so that they may become fans. This is crucial to building a fan base. Nobody is going to but a song without having first heard it.
I discovered more music on Nathan Michael Marcuzzi’s site. You can hear portions of his music for his new album billed as being “about materialism, religion & politics” here. Personally, I’d prefer to hear a few full songs rather than many partial songs. Like a story, a song has a beginning a middle and an end, so partials are clearly unsatisfying. Although I like some of his beginnings, I have no idea if I’d like how any of his songs end.
Radio stations play entire songs– that’s how brands are made and audiences are found.
Another music site I found was Roland Karl Bryce: Whistler Suite. This modern classical music seems to have been written as a musical score for the environment, kind of like Beethoven’s “Pastoral”. One of the best things about the internet is the way you can find the right audience for your creation.
As an environmentalist I really liked the Sustainable You website, which offers useful information that can help us all make the world a better place.