, art directorMatt Bowne
, writerScott Brown
, creative directorBrian Brooker
, executive creative directorBrad Huhmann
, programmersReza Heidari
, developerDustin Jacobsen
, technical leadsDavid Lindsey Wade
, photographerTyler Van Winkle
, Evolution Audio, quality assuranceBarkley
, project design and development/ad agencyFamily Violence Prevention Fund
"I love the utter simplicity of the interaction on this site. As you listen to motivational speeches, show respect by hitting the ! key." —juror Jay Zasa
"A message delivered in an unexpected manner. This site provides an immediate opportunity to join the community and impact the visitor experience; a mapping component brilliantly provides a visual of the online community." —juror Edward J. Heinz Jr.
Overview: This site introduced the Family Violence Prevention Fund's Respect! Campaign. The idea was simple, to end an epidemic of domestic violence by inspiring people to rally for respect; a world full of respect is ultimately a world with less violence. The site has two core features: a loudspeaker that amplifies speeches about respect in three settings (a suburban neighborhood, a school gymnasium and a downtown street corner); and the exclamation key that users are asked to hit if they agree with what a particular speaker is saying. The applause-like exclamation points appear on the site to create a virtual rally of respect.
• The site is a community rally and everyone on it is an active participant. Everyone is listening to the same speech at the same time and able to "applaud" in real time with exclamations attributed to individual users.
• The navigation structure is purposefully minimal and most of the usual navigation items have been eliminated. Beyond hitting the exclamation key (a large visual prompt appears repeatedly during the speeches), users were asked only to donate or speak up about the campaign.
• Average user time on the site was about five minutes.
Comments by Scott Brown:
What was the most challenging aspect of the project? "A good idea has a long road ahead of it. Things get in the way, the clients' objectives shift a bit, there are the inevitable hurdles of execution and people lose sight of the concept. For the Loudspeaker team, the big challenge was caring for the original idea—amplifying the voice of a great cause—as we built the site. It's no small thing when a finished product is true to the original idea, even when that idea was a really good one."
Did you learn anything new during the process? "One of the most creative aspects of the site is the way users hit their exclamation key to applaud for the speeches coming from the loudspeaker. The exclamation point is both a key branding element of the campaign, and the main way a user interacts with the site. What we learned is that interactivity and branding can intersect, and when they do, you don't have to do much else."
Were there any specific demands that made the project easier or harder? "The site is about a complicated issue—domestic violence. Our clients and their partners are intensely close to the subject and intensely passionate about it. Every aspect of the site, from the speeches emanating from the speakers to the color of the sky, was agonized over. The idea of the loudspeaker was inspiring from day one, but using it to present such a difficult subject was challenging. At the end of the day, the passion of the people involved in making this site is evident in the work."