Portmanteau are a sync-licensing agency based in the UK. They provide music for film, television, advertisements and video games.
I was originally asked by the a founding member of Portmanteau Agency to create a CD sleeve for promotional material, as well as a website for the agency to showcase their work.
I continued to work with the agency from 2010 to 2015 and beyond, keeping their website up to date and creating new CD sampler sleeves as and when required..
As a sync-licensing agency, Portmanteau needed their website to primarily contain their portfolio of work alongside their contact details. What was important was for new potential clients to see their previous music placements and most recent work.
The design continues their pre-existing black and grey branding and features a serif-font for headings and a clean, readable sans-serif for body text. As I knew that portfolio work was to take centre-stage, I wanted to make the website purely exist on one, lightweight PHP page.
Portmanteau Website (2016)
Portmanteau Website – Full (2016)
Promotional CD Series
A selection of Portmanteau CD Sampler Sleeves
I worked with Elements Bound throughout the Summer of 2015 to complete and launch their first official website. Sarah Monument, my contact at Elements Bound, was introduced to me through a friend. Sarah was looking for somebody to help complete their website with the proper integrations in order for it to go live.
The website already partly-existed as a WordPress theme, but it was not yet ready to go public. The team at Elements Bound required integration with AMPsuite, their record-label management software, and WordPress with WooCommerce, their content-management system of choice. I had worked with WordPress and AMPsuite before so was confident I could connect them both together.
Sarah, from Elements Bound, said this about my work:
“I was impressed with Kerri’s efficient timescales and attention to detail. It was clear that Kerri put great important into ensuring the overall quality of the work and the aesthetic design to meet with our objectives. A job well done and highly recommended.”
Although there was already a design and theme in place for the website, it required plenty of tweaking to ensure it operating as my client wanted it to. I styled content into ‘blocks’ which would stack alongside each other. Content blocks are responsive to screen-size, with jQuery containers sliding into place in relation to the maximum screen width.
Each content segment is powered by AMPsuite’s XML feeds, with product pages, listings and label biographies all being drawn from my clients AMPsuite account.
In addition, I also implemented a WooCommerce shop, allowing the Elements Bound team to sell digital and physical products, directly to their fans.
I worked with Brighton-based electro-rocker’s Shoot the Dead for between 2011 and 2012, creating a variety of product artworks and a website for the band.
Shoot The Dead – Lullaby (2012)
Shoot The Dead – Don’t Stop Dancing / Inhuman (2011)
Shoot The Dead – The Rage / Hypnotised (2011)
During 2012, I designed a WordPress theme for the band which was used for their website. Incidentally, this was the first responsive design I had made, intended for band band’s youthful, smartphone-wielding audience. The website featured audio previews and music videos, as well as a regularly updated photo blog.
‘The Rage’ Wordpress Theme Splash Page
Tom Ainscough from the band said about the website:
Everything looks absolutely brilliant!
In August 2012, I was approached by a music-industry contact who wished to launch a new music production business.
I was tasked with designing the logo and branding for the business. The design needed to be big, bold and daring, as well as informative, to entice musicians clients to try their services. Additionally, it was important to be wary of SEO practices to ensure potential clients from in and around the local area may find the website.
It was important that the website described the history of the business and how it came to be.
AM Music Production wanted to sell their music production services to musicians who would recognise the importance of their kit.
The splash page was intended to be big, bold and daring.
Begun as a fresh-take on the Brighton club-scene. New Hero was an innovative experiment in creating a fun and fashionable environment for live bands and club nights in the city.
I was asked by the management to create a slick, modern and clean webspace for the business in 2009, and later in 2010.
I looked at similar lifestyle brands such as Vice Magazine and clothing store American Apparel for inspiration. What resulted was a clean-cut and gorgeously spaced website, regularly updatable by the club’s promoters.
Clear navigation bar and a striking introduction.
A detailed description and rundown of the venue.
Clean Landing Page with opt-in mailing list signup