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Mike Slocombe: my work:
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
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.
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