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Kristen White, art director
Jim Terry/Dennie Wendt, writers
Seth Neilsen/Bruce Yan, lead designers
Tim Klauda, creative director
Jon McVey, executive creative director
Graeme Asher/Erik Falat/Cole Peterson, programmers
Andy Hancock/Adam Wolf, developers
David Emmite/Jim Kemper/Swanson Studio, photographers
Beth Nouguier, executive director
Todd McIlhenny/Liz Valentine/Kortni Whittle, project managers
Brad Lambert, quality assurance
ZAAZ, project design and development
Converse, client

"A great mix of content that keeps you engaged." —juror Keith Anderson

"This site is really something! A complex usage of color, navigation and product makes it one of the most unique sites I’ve seen to date. In the end, the seemingly unrelated cacophony of conjoined styles, construction and IA conventions meet in a way that is bold and unusual." —juror Robin Naughton

Overview: Building on Converse's 100 year reputation for non-conformity, this site's interface draws its inspiration from MP3 players and video controllers. Check boxes allow users to search according to traditional options like colors, textures and styles, while rich lifestyle content is almost always a single click away.

• Proprietary CMS system
• User-customizable footwear
• Viewer-submitted films

Comments by John McVey:
"Converse has a reputation and a nearly-100-year history of being non-conformist. Converse also has some great stories to tell but we couldn't forget that the product is still the heart of the brand. When we set out to define the navigation system for Converse.com we wanted to create something different from the traditional Web conventions of top nav/left nav. We wanted to look beyond other sites for our points of inspiration but still wanted to make something usable and intuitive.

"The Converse.com interface owes more to iPods, video game controllers and great product design than traditional Web conventions. Why shouldn't there be a little play when you explore products? Why shouldn't you sort through your films and shoes in the same way?

"We also did our homework (Web analytics), which told us that people wanted a less traditional approach to searching for products. So we created something that's closer to the way people find products in a retail environment where you browse by color, texture and style. Now that red, suede, slip-on Chuck is just a couple of check-boxes away. The site tested well with our target audience."


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