the Hub Of A Vibrant Music Community
This is an ARCHIVED version of this project. Click here to see our most current version MANITOBA MUSIC write-up.
Manitoba Music is a constantly updating organization, with hundreds of members tracking and talking about their news bites, press releases, gig dates, album releases, and much more! Both the Manitoba Music association and its members wanted a simple way to keep up with the data, and make it available to their fans. Working hand-in-hand with the organization and Guppy Graphic Design, we worked from the ground up, building relationship databases, user interfaces, live updating calendars, band profiles, and everything they needed to maintain a steady beat on the local music scene.
Read about the features of this project
Read some items related to this project
Open, clean, solid, focused. Manitoba Music's website was designed to get music information into the hands of the people who want it. Shunning busy backgrounds and fancy buttons, the site layout looks great on your desktop, on your tablet, or on your mobile smartphone. Built on CSS3 and HTML5, the site takes advantage of the capabilities of modern browsers while still being a light, snappy load.
- Free Music Download
Free Music Download
Who doesn't like free stuff? Working with artists and promoters, Manitoba Music helps spread awareness of great local music by offering a free weekly MP3 track. Don't miss out on some great tracks!
- Sliding Features
Any analytic data will tell you that the homepage is where most of a site's traffic is going to end up. By providing a tool that allows administrators to add in any number of well-designed banners and an associated blurb, we made sure Manitoba Music had the best chance to tell fans about promotions, workshops, and upcoming gigs.
Meet The Musicians
Local music isn't just a list of names, its a community. Its about meeting the neighbours, listening to good music, and having a good time doing it. And in Manitoba Music's neighbourhood, public profiles allow artists, bands, promoters, venues, studios, and everyone to shine. Members can feature photos, audio samples, and online videos. They can link in their Twitter and Facebook feeds to keep in touch with their fans. And with the list of upcoming gigs, getting together for that evening of live music is only a matter of time!
- Promotion and Privacy
Promotion and Privacy
Just because an artist wants to stay in touch with their fans doesn't mean they want to post their phone number online! Members' editors are crafted in a way that makes it clear and easy to see what information is going on their public profile and what information is going to Manitoba Music alone.
- Tweet tweet!
By plugging in their social media feeds, Manitoba Music members can have their Twitter and Facebook listings appear right on their profiles. This provides great SEO for the website, keeping content fresh and current, and making it easier for visitors to find their favourite bands online!
Building on Social Media
It's not a fad, it's a revolution. Being able to stay in contact with hundreds of fans, supporters, and followers in near-real-time has changed the way artists and bands promote themselves. Manitoba Music took this idea to heart, incorporating social media into the heart of their new site. Facebook powers their comments on photos, videos, news, and profiles. Flickr powers the photo gallery, Youtube and Vimeo power the video gallery. Twitter and Facebook are featured in the sidebar, and members can add their own feeds on their public profiles. The more the Manitoba Music site is updated, the more it reaches out.
- Encouraging Conversations
By using Facebook's commenting system, Manitoba Music encourages discussions amongst visitors and friends. With threaded posts, avatars optionally included, and cross-posted comments to Facebook itself, everyone commenting on Manitoba Music is helping to promote local music.
Live Music Calendar
- Find What You're Looking For
Find What You're Looking For
Manitoba has a lot of artists, a lot of bands, a lot of venues, and a lot of great live music gigs. To help site visitors get to the show they are looking for, a quick form allows them to filter the lists to exactly their specifications. Any once they have them, they can keep an eye on them thanks to RSS feeds and iCAL subscriptions.
- What's Playing Today?
What's Playing Today?
Every night is a great night to go out and catch a show. Members are encouraged to include their shows and events, with Manitoba Music randomly featuring them throughout the site.
Signups and Renewals
Custom forms are not just a matter of collecting the right information. Working closely with Manitoba Music to determine their requirements and workflow, we took care to build a form that was easy to use and understand. The goal was to have clear fields and labels without weighing everything down with extraneous help text or instructions. From there, Manitoba Music could follow up with a potential member and have them set up with a public profile in a few clicks.