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Old 12-12-05, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default Your favourite website?

So, who has the best performer websites in your opinion? ( looking for inspiration and things to show my graphics dude )

My favourite:
www.feedingthefish.com

I also like the Raspyni's, though it doesn't work properly on linux firefox. And Owen Reynolds and Spot the Drop.

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http://www.raspynibrothers.com/
http://www.ericcash.com
http://www.passingzone.com
http://www.jugglegood.com/flash
http://www.kkmime.com
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Old 12-12-05, 04:37 PM   #3
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I like the Raspynis where it works. But it really should work on all platforms ...

And I like the look of the Passing Zones, it looks very professionally made, but I hate the "mystery meat" navigation and find it very difficult to quickly find what I'm looking for or move around the site ( I have been told this is A Bad Thing to an agent/producer who is doing six things at once while the phone rings. ) The main thing I like about the Feeding the Fish site is that it is very fast and easy to find anything from anywhere, while still looking very professional. I wish the photos popped open larger versions though. I also like the multiple video format options.

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Thanks for the other links.
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Old 12-12-05, 07:29 PM   #4
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http://www.funeeestuff.com/

http://www.antigravitytheatre.com/
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Old 12-12-05, 08:00 PM   #5
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you forgot: http://www.karlsaliter.com/
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Old 12-12-05, 08:49 PM   #6
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Lurk Why?

I made my site in the late nineties.
It's a rambling mess of content cul de sacs.
Its ego driven rather than market driven and that's its disadvantage and to a small number of weird clients, an advantage. (overall it sucks)
i wouldn't use it as an example of design because as far as I can see it lacks it.
I like the feeding the fish site too because its clean and functional.
The Raspyni Bro's site appears to be cunningly designed to attract its share of the homeland security slush market. Thats effective. Thats showbiz. That's 2 houses in the country.

All the flash intros in the others simply waste my time. I want to know WHAT YOU DO. Show me a vid and show me it fast and if I'm an agent don't throw fluff at me beforehand. Fluff is for the punters.

And as for the Christian mime's I have no idea what they have against epileptics. They seem to presume that a strobe induced fit might just be the door required to let jesus into someones life. The difference between speaking in tongues and flayling around until you bite off the end of it seems to be lost on them.
You can turn the light on and off all you like, its still just two dudes in whiteface.
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Old 12-12-05, 09:37 PM   #7
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Dark sites have their place...I'm making one now. Easy on the eyes, nice contrasting.

Light sites seem to be more oriented towards validating business conducted on the site. Corporate stuff...with sluggish db's.
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They (or it) can always serve as a terrible example!

http://www.stiltwalker.com/

http://www.bubbletower.com/
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Old 12-13-05, 12:43 AM   #9
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Mart,

Your site holds interest primarily through the design virtues of good subject matter for the photos, and writing that sends a clear message. The mix of understated humor, as in the brain graphic at the "consultancy" page, is a good mix of business and comedy.

I'm not a blind fan of the site. I can't stand to scroll sideways, and would diminish the font sizes on the productions page. I'd lose the blues in some of your text, and get more uniform on font choice. Yes, it's an old design, but it's still a solid example, I think, and one of my favorite performer sites.

Scott, yours is way cool, but make the words fit inside the wheel windows: you're asking too much of the reader there. The fish: cool look, but they need to use way less verbage, much bigger font, and choose either a picture or text, not one atop the other. No non fans are reading that, the way it is.

I agree on the flash front, and the KK mimes are just asking for trouble with their name, way, way too cute on the strobing. I'll spare further commentary, but I was reminded of a George Carlin (I think) quote to the effect that he liked Jesus well enough, but couldn't stand the guy's fan club.

Torres' site is a good example of a lot of information without a clutter feeling.
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Old 12-13-05, 10:44 AM   #10
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If you're going to show your graphics dude samples of websites you should look outside of juggler's and magicians websites. Look at the most successful, highest paid performers on the planet for samples. The best sites I've come across, hands down, are designed by Kurt Noble at www.kurtnoble.com. He does Dane Cooks site, probably the best "performers" site, or any other for that matter. That would probably cost you 20 grand though...atleast.

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Old 12-13-05, 02:15 PM   #11
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kurtnoble.com didn't work for me

I really like Jim's webpage. it loads really fast, looks clean, and has a ton of stuff to look at. I think it's great for a street performer because a lot of the web traffic is from fans who probably are curious about the person behind the product, or want to extend the experience of the show they saw. The web page will help people remember the show they saw and who performed it.

I have a new design up. www.globalevan.com . There is very little content up so far, and I don't like my pictures because they don't actually represent my show very well. Jonathan Burns is doing my promo work now.
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ditto kurt bad jim good
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Evan, I do like your new site a lot. Jim's got a great site too but in an effort to be simple and clean and easy to use it's seems to me to be missing a little of the "show" in showbiz. Of course you don't want that at the expense of being useable by a potential client. Finding that balance of course is probably the way to go which maybe he has.

So, what was it about the Kurt's sites you guys didn't like? C'mon, Dane Cook's site is so bad ass.
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Evan,

I do also like the new design much better than your old one.
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Thanks Frisbee, I like it too. As soon as I get new studio shots I'm going to like it a lot more.

Josh, Kurts site just doesn't work. It loads the first page and then there are four squares that don't do anything. Mabey it's a mac compatability issue. if it is it still means a bad design.
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decide whether you are going to use evan(at)globalevan or evan@globalevan in your final design.

Pointers, do not try to impress other jugglers or other performers, the people to impress are the ones who will be hiring you for jobs.

Although some people on p.net do not like my logo or web design, it has gotten a great response from agents and the people who have hired me this past season since its launch in April.
The most positive responses have been that it loads quick, is compatible on all browsers. The video does not require any special plug in. and the information in it is simple and clean and the site is easy to navigate.

The negative is that my logo looks like I have lobster claws for hands and not much like fire, and that is from the p.netters
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Old 12-14-05, 02:33 AM   #18
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Just incorporate some lobster claws in the show, problem solved. I'd stay and watch someone juggle with giant lobster mitts. ; )

Now, that said Greg, the fact that agents say they like it does not mean that it is good. Think about it this way, agents always tell you they like stuff, but the ones who don't will never say so. They're busy talking to the other guy they booked .... ( Not saying it's not good, just that an agent saying so is not necessarily meaningful )

Oh yeah, the problem with Kurts site is actually a link problem. Take the period out of the url and it works. But all the flash zooming around is still too slow in my books. A buddy of mine does that stuff for a living, and he does the same kinda thing, just makes it all happen super fast. Same effect, no bored annoyed clients! I have no idea why people do slow flash animation.

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Lurk They look nothing like crayfish.

They're Tulip-hands.

Or ominously...cloven hooves.

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I can see the tulips and hooves, but I initially saw fish heads.
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