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Apparently Pharrell hasn’t had his own official website for a while? Well, problem solved!
Today we launched PharrellWilliams.com, which is just a quick little page with some links and a photo. But hey, it’s a responsive design – for the kids!
Stay tuned, I’m sure this page will evolve into more of a site at some point.
Hot off the presses, today we launched a new homepage for our friends over at the Billionaire Boys Club. We did away with the scrolling lookbook that’s been chuffing by for the past few years. Now highlighting what’s going on in the shop, pulling in content, and other stuff that the kids enjoy these days.
Tune your Web TV over to bbcicecream.com right now, with the quickness!
So there’s this guy who goes by the name of Dolemite, and he puts together a rap mix every two years. It’s passed around to a few friends but rarely makes it outside that circle. But hey, it’s pretty good stuff so why not share it further?
This is Rap Mix 2012, and you can tell from the cover that there’s a strong Beastie Boys presence this year, in remembrance of MCA.
Give it a listen and leave comments below. If there’s interest I’ll share some from previous years. (I mean, if “Dolemite” allows it. That dude is mysterious.)
Happy New Year, people!
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Team Icecream is back! This is a site we’ve been working on at odd hours in September. Pretty clean and minimal, introducing the new incarnation of the Icecream Skate Team. Skate on over (see what I did there?) to teamicecream.com and check it out.
This week we launched the full site for Pharrell’s new company, i am OTHER. This project had a quick turnaround time, and the task was to create a Tumblr-based site and brand the corresponding YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages.
All we had to work with was the logo, so I came up with these different patterns of blocks using colors from the logo. Pharrell was happy with the outcome, and liked how it brought up thoughts of tetris and 8-bit Atari games. (Side note: it’s still a huge honor to be on a call with Pharrell and hear his enthusiasm about something I came up with!)
So hey, take a look!
This photo was taken at the screening of Awesome, I Fuckin’ Shot That (which I fuckin’ shot.) The biggest moment of my Beastie Boys-loving life. Yauch cracked a joke while we paused for the picture, something like “thank you for your vote.”
I wish I could say I knew him or got to spend more than one smiling-like-a-maniac minute with him, but this is all I’ve got. Plus the hundreds (thousands?) of hours of Beastie Boys I’ve listened to over the past twenty-something years.
Ten years ago today, the first Star Trak site launched. The project that basically started my career.
Rewind a few months before that: I was working at a small, sinking design company in Union Square, doing stuff for banks and doomed dot-coms and growing more cynical by the day. A coworker friend said she had this freelance project, and wondered if I’d be interested in working on it. It was a site for a new record label, run by some guys named “The Neptunes” who I had never heard of. (Not many people had!)
I looked them up (googled them? yahooed them? how did people search back then? I don’t remember.) Apparently they had an album coming out, and their group was called N.E.R.D. I asked around at record stores to find out more, but nobody had heard of them. After I spelled the name to a girl at Best Buy, she laughed and said “nerd?” I eventually found a European version of their album at a store on Montague Street. (The US version hadn’t come out yet.)
I set out designing the site, and loved every minute of it. Even though I had a day job, I’d stay up late working on it. I’d brew a pot of coffee around midnight on weekend nights and stay up until 4 or 5am (and only go slightly crazy.) I poured endless hours into it, making this elaborate Flash animation of a spaceship exploding. (I’d later actually learn how to use Flash, and realize in hindsight that I could’ve created those animations in a fraction of the time, if only I knew what I was doing!)
I built the site with Nirav, another friend & coworker at the day job. He built a forum from scratch, (these were the days before you could click an “Install Forum” button with your web host and get one running with your eyes closed.) That forum was quirky and odd and unlike any of the other forums we’d seen. Admittedly it was hard to use and easy to hack, (which the fans helpfully showed us on numerous occasions,) but it was fun.
So yes. Long story short, the site launched ten years ago today. That night I posted on some other sites to say it was up, and watched. I only had to wait a few minutes before the forum started filling up with posts. The quirky little site I’d spent all those nights and weekends on was a success.
Within a year, I parted ways with my employer and set out to work on my own, and the results of the past decade can be seen at a glance over here.
Big thanks go out to Loic, who directed that project (and many more since then)… Heather and Nirav, for all their work on that first site… Pharrell and Chad, and the whole Star Trak family over the years.