Simon Day Comedian & Actor
LWDA were over the moon to be asked to design & build the new Simon Day website by the man himself.
Simon’s old website was a bit of a mess. The navigation was challenging, file sizes caused the site to lag, and updates were infrequent due to access issues.
It was time for a new site!
Simon needed a website that was easy to manage, colourful, characterful and fun. Delivering content that satisfied old fans of The Fast Show, but enabled Simon to promote his newer material.
The website also needed to form a solid base for future growth. Laying the foundation for possible eCommerce functionality and blogging.
Our aim was to create a hub for all of Simon’s content.
Working directly with Simon, we identified the types of content that should populate the site and devised a simple way to manage updates.
Embedded YouTube Videos
With a big focus on The Fast Show turning 25, we built a section that can be populated with videos directly from YouTube. Simon can simply log in to the site, add a link and hit update. Job done.
Comedy and acting are primarily visual forms of entertaining, so video was always going to be key to the success of the site.
Video continues to feature heavily within the Character Profiles and Personal Messages section.
Tour & Merch Promotion
As the world returns to normal after the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s hoped that artists & performers will be able to get back to touring. So we created the Appearances section to help Simon promote his on-and-off-stage work.
Simon Day has also released a range of books, CDs and DVDs, so we wanted to give him the chance to showcase these on the site. Eventually, we see this section evolving to use on-site eCommerce with character-branded goods.
A blog is also in the works, but for now, fans can follow Simon on Twitter for regular musings.
It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Simon and we look forward to helping him expand the site in future.
Also, a special thanks to Justin Mason (@drivelsieve) who created the cartoon versions of Simon’s characters for the site.