For Idealog’s technology issue, we wanted to find a way to use contemporary technological processes to create a cover that embodied the kinds of technologies that would be covered within its pages. Could we code a cover? Automate the design with an algorithm? Get readers to download an app and make it come to life? Could we make it a hologram?
Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) has launched an interactive tourism campaign to encourage people to visit the city, but they won’t be traveling alone. Visitors to the campaign’s website cab pop the question to their loved ones ‘Will You Welly Me’.
A big chunk of Resn’s business comes from working with international brands, and plenty of that work has ended up winning international web design awards. That trend has continued after the website it built recently to help tell the tale of Subaru of America’s environmental legacy took out two site of the month awards.
As Paul Catmur wrote last year, the marketing bit often seems to be forgotten in the world of digital marketing. But here are a few that combined the two and were deemed worthy of a place in the interactive marketing category at the Best Awards.
For sometime now the general consensus behind website design (and many other kinds of design) is that less is more. Web designers aim to make sites as easy to navigate as possible, rather than assaulting visitors with flashing green neon and trillions of different icons like early websites did in the late 90s. But like many things in life with a cyclical nature (fashion, music and food trends to name a few), perhaps websites are no different. And while we’re not sure if we can call it a trend, we have noticed a few more web designers and developers cramming more into their website designs, creating a retinal overload which is surprisingly pleasing. Digital agency Resn is one of them, making a name for itself by thinking a bit differently and capturing our attention through its creative, animated website designs.
Agencies have many ways of wooing clients. They wine and dine them. They try to win awards. They send out press releases to trade media. They try to destabilise the incumbents. They invest in fancy offices to create the perception of success should they visit. And they also show off their work, their strategy and their talent to online visitors. The agency website is basically a digital shopfront and it’s often seen as an indication of the type of work it might be able to do for clients. Many agencies are guilty of creating boring and/or unfunctional sites and regularly slipping into cliche. But there are some good ones out there. So here are a few of our local favourites.
In the lead up to the official release of his book Private Vegas, James Patterson made available a single edition of the book that would self-destruct after 24 hours. But it came with a pricetag of $300,000, making it exclusive one super rich fan. So, to appease his equally faithful but poorer fans, he commissioned the digital wizards at Resn to develop a website that provided 1,000 electronic copies of the book, each of which also self-destructed after 24 hours.
Last year, the WWF and the Zoological Society of London released a report saying that Earth had lost half its wildlife in the past 40 years. It was a harrowing statistic and there are many more creatures in a perilous state. So, Species in Pieces, a very clever online interactive exhibition, aims to raise awareness about 30 of them.
Since starting out in Wellington in 2004, Resn has risen to being a world-leading digital agency with one office in the capital, one in Amsterdam, and the majority of its clients in the United States. The agency has been recognised time and time again by the Favorite Website Awards, and last week completely cracked it by becoming the distinguished 23rd member of the FWA Hall of Fame. So what does managing director Rik Campbell think of all the hype?
Hitting the big 4-0 is generally met with mixed emotions, with some celebrating the fact that they’ve made it that far and others feeling a sense of impending dread as their elderly body and mind shows signs of falling apart. Resn’s big 4-0 is all positive, but it’s not age-based, it’s the number of times the Wellington digital agency has won the FWA site of the day award.
If you are sick of “having your heart toyed with like a meaningless plaything” in the real world, you now have the opportunity to experience the very same thing in the digital realm, with Wellington/Amsterdam web savants Resn creating an interactive artwork to accompany the song ‘Look Away’ from SBTRKT’s soon to be released album, Wonder Where We Land.
We speak to Resn’s business development director Matt Walsh about servicing the world from Wellington, the importance of self-drive in today’s digital creatives and where the digital agency’s future is.
DraftFCB dominated the analogue section of the One Show Awards with a good haul of metal, and in the interactive section, Clemenger BBDO and Resn were the only Kiwi agencies to get the nod.
Wellington-based digital studio Resn will be one of the first developers in the world to launch on the highly anticipated Leap Motion platform.
With a new office in Amsterdam, a host of awards, some massive international clients, a few stroke-inducing side projects and a cause-based cat telethon to promote internet freedom, Resn has further cemented its well-earned reputation as one of the world’s best—and most experimental—digital agencies in 2012. Kris Hermansson and Steve Le Marquand log on.
We’ve seen Facebook data used effectively to tap in the modern narcissistic streak, especially with Intel’s Museum of Me, but Clemenger BBDO and Resn have flipped that upside down—quite literally—with a brilliant anti-speeding campaign in the form on an online game for the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA).
Wellington/Amsterdam digital agency Resn is renowned for pushing the envelope online, with the likes of Face Arcade, Rhizopods or the world’s first crowd-sourced feed. But it’s not all fun, games and weirdness. There are some serious issues currently bubbling away in the halls of power around internet freedom, so, along with a couple of its fellow digital dab hands rehabstudio and Stinkdigital, it has created a site that aims to get the internet to stand up for itself by threatening to take away the thing it loves most: a kitten.
The interactive smarty-pants at Wellington agency Resn have forged a global reputation for awesomeness with its work for a range of big global clients including Puma, Domino’s and Toyota. And now, as the London Olympics get set for blast off, it is claiming an ‘Olympic first’, with an online experience created with Paris agency CLM BBDO for French energy company EDF that claims to have reinvented the way the humble computer mouse is used for gaming.
The Webby Awards aim to honour general internet awesomeness, and fighting it out for gongs with big global beasts like Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest are local hopes Shift for Tourism New Zealand, Resn for Toyota’s Camry Effect, Xero and DDB/Rapp Tribal for McDonald’s. And they need your votes.
The digital boffins/idiot savants at Resn in Wellington work for one of the rare few Kiwi companies that can claim to be based in New Zealand and do work for big brands all around the world. But now, after what they say was a formal approach from the EU to “help bail them out of their fiscal conundrum”, Resn has decided to go global and set up its first satellite office in Amsterdam.