Comedian, actor, traveller
Michael wanted an online platform that would reflect his varied interests, enabling him to publish new material quickly, in a visual and engaging way, on a website that would inspire him, and that he would feel comfortable contributing to.
We needed to create a design that was simple yet allowed the user to navigate a wide range of sections. Working closely with Michael we came up with a design that is clear and easy to navigate, yet immediately displays the huge variety of Michael’s work. In order to accommodat Michael’s ever expanding career we also ensured the design could develop and grow with new areas and content being added regularly. We created an online shop for the website, selling a comprehensive selection of Michael’s books and DVDs, and added a very successful bespoke book/DVD signing service where customers who place orders can get a personal message dedicated and signed by Michael in the books or DVDs they order.
Using our in-house production team we are able to quickly promote any new book or DVD release on the website and through social media. Most recently we filmed a video to help promote the Christmas release of his latest book, A Sackful of Limericks, doing the sound design at Redwood Studios with Andre Jaquemin, one of Monty Python’s most prolific sound producers.
After discussing various social media options with Michael, we decided to concentrate on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Michael has taken a large amount of photos on his travels which we are slowly adding to Instagram with captions and locations, and Facebook has become a major contributor to website views and web sales with regular posts from Michael. Any new videos are hosted on YouTube and embedded on the website.
We are currently working on a new Palin’s Travels section which we will integrate into the main website. Hosting a wealth of information and photos from all of Michael’s travel series we hope to bring a fresh new look to inspire travellers and fans alike.
Web design & development, eCommerce, SEO, Design for print, Social media, Video production, Animation, Product design – including the production and manufacturing of his original travel bag for sale in the online shop.
“Strand Design are very good people to deal with. Inventive, efficient and friendly with it. I’m very happy with the work they’ve done in building and managing my website and giving it a bright, fresh look.” – Michael Palin