The Composerworks represents composers working in film and television in both the UK and the US. Some of their clients include the BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 5, Princess Productions and Syco Entertainment. Steve, MD at The Composerworks approached us with a brief to update their websites design and functionality and bring it in line with the industry they work. They needed to be able to showcase their productions in both video and audio formats and be able to update and manage content easily.
Being based just down the corridor from us in MediaCityUK it was a natural yes from us when asked to design and develop The Composerworks new website. The concept chosen was a slick black design that makes use of transitions to add a rich user experience when navigating the content.
Having a client base made up of media companies well versed with current technology it was important that the website displayed well on multiple devices such as mobile, tablet and desktop monitors. We naturally opted to build the site on a responsive framework that allowed us to adapt the user experience accordingly. Our team put a lot of effort into experimenting with the content to ensure it was served up in a fast and engaging way on both hover and touch devices.
Choosing the right Content Management System (CMS) was essential for this project. Ease of use was a factor along with the flexibility to display content in multiple formats across the site. An additional requirement was to consider the launch of the second website for the US market meaning a multi-site administration panel was necessary.
Due to the nature of working within the television and film industry, staff needed to be able to promote their roster of composers and their attributed work efficiently. A reliable audio streaming service was required, and Soundcloud was the obvious choice. Integrating a player into both the public-facing site and private demo pages was made possible via Soundcloud's API, adding some custom styling enabled us to present the work of each composer without compromising on design.
The guys at Gather Digital are very clever people. We knew we wanted a website which combines stylishness with formality: they far exceeded our expectations. They’re reliable, extremely professional and went beyond the brief to impress. Gather Digital is without doubt the best supplier we’ve worked with in years.