The Lilly Awards were created in 2010 by Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman and Theresa Rebeck. After nominations were announced for that year’s awards season, they all noticed a lack of recognition for contributions from women in the theatre. Sure, there were the standard Best Actress awards, but the awards for playwrighting, directing, and design were all heavily dominated by men. They decided to do something about it and formed their own awards ceremony to honor the work of women in the performing arts industry.
After 3 years operating with a site built by an assistant on iWeb, we were happy to oblige when they asked for a new website that would promote the ceremony for years to come. It is built on WordPress, and showcases award recipients and photo galleries from the annual ceremony. We also created a news page to feature clippings from the press about the awards. We can’t wait to see who gets nominated next year, and what the ceremony will look like on their 25th anniversary in 2035.
Noah Weisberg is a talented actor and he has a website that perfectly matches his personality and showmanship. You can tell this website was designed by a marketing/producing firm because it makes you want to buy whatever this guy is selling. He just happens to be selling himself, which too many actors forget to do with their marketing materials. His domain name is even asking for work: CastNoah.com.
The site is really funny and never takes itself too seriously. All of the photography on the site was done by Laura Marie Duncan, one of my favorite New York photographers, and it perfectly embodies every aspect of Noah’s talents. Kudos to Davenport Theatrical for putting together such an awesome showcase for Noah.
This site all started with a great business card design by Stephanie over at Red Scandal Graphics. Whitney Winfield is a recent graduate of the Pace musical theatre program. Stephanie put together this image of Whitney’s name and we expanded it into a full website.
Whitney wanted a site that was simple and elegant, so we used her gorgeous photos and Stephanie’s color scheme to create a refreshing and open feel for the framework. She really wanted to feature the graphic of her name, so we decided to build a splash page that would fade into the rest of the site. Whitney is about to go on tour as Fiona in Shrek the Musical, be sure to see the show when it comes to your town!
Last year I went to Alt Summit in Salt Lake City with my wife. It is a conference for bloggers, and I was probably one of only 10 guys there with what felt like a million ladies. While the focus of the conference is definitely geared towards women with lifestyle, food, or fashion blogs; I learned a ton of great information and made some great connections. Having designed two blogs that would fit right in at Alt this year, and with two more in the pipeline, I would love for the chance to go again and hand out some business cards to all those fashionistas who might need a redesign of their site soon.
Alt has also ramped up their own blog recently with some awesome posts for anyone in the internet business. The great thing about their advice is that it puts beauty and simplicity above all else. The tech jargon of dealing with SEO and updating facebook pages to timeline is put in terms that anyone can understand. For blogging inspiration and business advice check out the new Alt blog. And check out the awesome photo of Chelsea and me at last year’s white party.
Image via Lovely Indeed and Moss and Isaac
William Wade is a good friend of ours and an amazing musician. Nick has had the pleasure to sing a bunch of his music over the past few years and also perform in a few of his shows. We built this site to create a unique online presence for him and to showcase some of his songs.
One of the things we strove for on this site was to keep it fairly simple and to not have it be like every other generic composer website out there. We went for just a few elements of grungy music iconography, and kept the site width on the smaller side. What do you think?