home - about me - folio - contact     urban75 DESIGN
Pic: Mike Slocombe

[ about me ] - [ my work ]

Mike Slocombe: my work:

Creative director/designer:
Creating websites from concept through to planning, design, implementation and promotion.

Clients include the BBC, British Council, Zoggle (NYC), Leading Edge UK, TFiFriday, Virgin Radio, Direct Connection, Capital Radio, NCR, XFM Radio, Zenith Films, YouthNet and, of course, urban75. My current project for the British Council, Football Culture won Yahoo's Sports Site of the Year award

Internet consultant
Working on information architecture/user interface, usability and accessibility, planning, promotion and building online communities. I also specialise in search engine promotion.

I have worked with the BBC, British Council, Empire Magazine, firstlook (LA), Royal Society of Arts, New Woman magazine, Bliss magazine, IHaveMoved, 4i, Morgan Stanley, Clickmusic, theSite, etc.

Presented BBC web education programs (Learning Zone, Click Online) and am regular on Radio/TV, talking about web-related matters. Occasional lecturer at Brighton and London Southbank Universities.

Judged several international design awards including BBC2 Awards, London International Advertising Awards and D&AD.

Have been guest speaker at the Royal Society of Art, NUJ, Association of International Broadcasters, British Council, ICA, Institute of Ideas and Ananova Alert (with Will Self).

I wrote for the UK's biggest Net magazine, Internet Magazine (as their resident 'Web Expert' and software reviewer) for six years and have contributed to mainstream publications such as the New Statesman, Daily Telegraph, Guardian and Independent.

I'm currently running for the online technology website, Wirefresh.com.

My first book, 'Max Hits: building and promoting successful websites' was published by RotoVision, with Design Week describing it as 'delivering its message in one of the most stylish, accessible and no-nonsense ways they'd yet seen'.

The urban75 website is my own personal non-profit project which has been on-line for seven years. In 2000 it was listed by top9.com as the most popular lifestyle/culture website on the web, and the independent 'popularity ranking' site, Marketleap ranks urban75 higher than the likes of BBC Radio 1, thesimpsons.com and ministryofsound.com.

Staunchly advert-free, it has gained a strong sense of online community, attracting over a quarter of a million page impressions a day, with the site receiving a huge amount of both national and international press.

urban75 has won many on-line and magazine awards and has been described as "one of the best sites in the world" by Dazed & Confused magazine and " one of best 100 websites in the world" by FHM Magazine.

I also host a hugely popular monthly club in Brixton, Offline, which features live acts, poets, stand up, book readings, bands, DJs and performers.

« Back to 'about me'

» See my portfolio

[ backslaps! ]

"urban75... one of best 100 websites in the world"
FHM Magazine

"urban75... combines technical expertise and design excellence with real, focussed energy, great writing and a wonderful sense of humour"
Time Out

urban75 is "one of the best websites in the world"
Dazed & Confused magazine

"Urban75.com is one of the most influential underground web sites in the UK"
ITV web review

"probably the finest and best-designed independent site in Britain"
Daily Telegraph

"urban75 burns with urgency and passion"
Wired Magazine

"has an energy and care over design that is sadly lacking elsewhere on the 'Net"
Melody Maker

"the most relevant, innovative site of the nineties"
Internet Magazine

"one of the sites that has come to embody the fact that cutting edge culture and satire is far more likely to be found on the internet than between the pages of a glossy monthly magazine"
The Guardian

  « home page « back - next »