© Koen Broos, Danny Willems, David Ruano, Anne Van Aerschot, Anna Van Waeg, Jan Versweyveld, Stef Stessel

A new digital platform for the performing arts in the Netherlands and Flanders

Services

  • Naming
  • Brand design
  • Web design
  • Art direction

The well-known theatre reviewer Pieter T’Jonck came to us with his idea to create a website that offers prospective writers the opportunity to write reviews under the guidance of experienced reviewers. We thought about it, searched for a name, joined forces and built the website pzazz.theater.

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Brand naming

When we were asked to think about a suitable name for this new evaluation platform, many ideas came to mind. We limited the possibilities to one name that is distinctive, that is recognizable, that refers to all performing arts and that is contagious: ‘Pzazz’. Diana Vreeland — fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar — used ‘Pzazz’ in the thirties to express an attractive combination of vitality, glamour and energy.

Typography

Alverata is the font of the house style, a font from the 21st century whose design is inspired by capitals and inscriptions from the Romanesque period (ca. 1000–1200). Alverata, designed by Gerard Unger in 2014, is nicely displayed in both digital and physical applications. The font provides excellent openness and readability in a small text and is also lively and attractive in large formats.

“Without Catapult, it would never have been possible to start up Pzazz. The team assisted us in everything — up to and including the search for a good name for the website. Even after the website was well and truly in use, they were always ready to help or make adjustments where needed.”

Pieter T’Jonck | Architect, writer and founder Pzazz

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Personalized menu

Although you may love the performing arts, chances are that not all genres interest you. That is why we have created a menu showing a personalized category that is stored in your browser. By selecting and deselecting the available categories you can set your preferences. From that moment on, the reviews that do not interest you will be hidden.

Highlighted by the author

Pieter T’Jonck did not want a rating system with stars or points. According to him they are subjective. They reduce a performance to weak, mediocre or strong. Whereas in reality the performance was perhaps mediocre, with the exception of one aspect that was really interesting and made it a performance worth looking at.

Alternatively, we developed ‘Featured by the author’, a system in which authors select five performances that impressed them. These highlights are visualised in the system with animated background colours. A list of these ‘Featured by the author’ is also available on the author pages.

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Day and night

Just like in real life, where lights and moods change from light to dark, we find these emotions on the website. During the day, the site looks bright, but as soon as the night falls, it automatically changes into a dark version. Reading longer texts becomes much more pleasant for the eyes in all circumstances.

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Related to tags

Reviews related to an artist, a subject or a location are linked by tags. These tags can be created by the authors and linked to the reviews. They are visible in the ‘related reviews’ section at the bottom of each review.

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“Helping to start up and expand this start-up was very challenging and inspiring for us.”

What we did

Strategy

  • Survey
  • Content strategy
  • Naming
  • Branding

Design

  • Brand design
  • Logo design
  • Art direction
  • Web design

Development

  • User interface design
  • User experience design
  • Front-end development
  • Back-end development
  • Generation of social media content

Content

  • Sociale media

A plan? A project?
We would like to hear it!

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