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Showcase of ’09 Festivals and Conferences

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Some of the best festivals and conferences of the year are gone by now, but if we’d just want to judge them by their online presence we can do it from the comfort of our couch. There was some research involved in this article, you wouldn’t believe it how many of the biggest events in the world have so flat and unexciting websites. However, we’ve finally managed to find quite a few cool ones, so we wish you a pleasant and inspirational journey.

In this post we present some of the beautiful, original and inspirational web designs of festivals and conferences that took place or are going to take place this year. Please feel free to add links to further designs in the comments to this post!

Music Festivals Link

Bumbershoot1
Nice color scheme, trippy background, and a great all-in-one homepage experience with lots of info very well organized.

Bumbershoot2

Bonnaroo3
This one is kinda crowded but has some awesome visual effects that really bring the festival atmosphere to the web, displaying cool features, like a showcase with the best performances, recorded selection to watch online, and a radio station.

Bonnaroo4

Parklife
"A world of its own" seems to be not only the tagline of the festival but of the website too. Creative Flash use and a nifty 3D experience are the best features of this one.

Parklife

Beachdown5
Another innovative project, the Beachdown website has a horizontal style navigation system that scrolls the sticky notes with info, images and video.

Beachdown6

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend7
A small website for a big weekend and a huge event. BBC Radio 1 has quite a nice microsite for this event, based on a dead simple layout and a cool color scheme.

BBC8

Pukkelpop9
This one could hurt your eyes a bit, but I guess festivals like that could hurt your ears as well, so it makes sense. Other features – great community implementation and creative footer.

Pukklepop10

Creamfields11
Another huge fest with a neat online presence. Creamfields has an interesting image scroller synchronized with internal banners and a fresh identity.

Creamfields12

V Festival13
One of the most appreciated rock music festivals in the world, V pumped some interactivity into its website: there’s a strong community component, a Twitter scanning system, and a poll where the fans could decide which onstage collaboration would they like to see.

V Festival14

Flow Festival15
This is the proof that even for a big event you could keep a clean simple website with nothing more than great design.

Flow16

Fremont Oktoberfest
17Simple and effective design for this one. The bright colors and the smooth jQuery menu work very well for a beer outlet.

Fremont Octoberfest18

Mystery Land

Mystery Land

Film & Art Festivals Link

Tati en Fete19
This Flash website is the eye candy of the selection. The beautiful graphics, animation, and music make it a huge browsable universe of Jacques Tati.

Tati en Fete20

Locarno Film Festival21
Slim website with no less than four menus and a few transparent areas where you can see the dominant background.

Locarno Film Festival22

Festival de Cannes23
Very compact multimedia homepage with lots of videos and pictures & a dynamic info scroller. Amazing usability!

Festival de Cannes24

The Animation Show25
A well-organized blog with a proper look and feel for a great animation festival.

The Animation Show26

Edinburgh International Festival27
Another color masterpiece, the Edinburgh International Festival is as reach in website features as in live events. Great usability and innovative multimedia gallery in the Try Before You Buy section.

Edinburgh28

Colophon29
The only minimalist entry in this roundup, the Colophon ’09 website has everything an event for magazine enthusiasts should have: a cool simple look, a huge searchable directory of indie magazines, tons of interviews, and an exclusive social network for mag lovers.

Colophon30

Amsterdam Film Experience
This Flash based website is a fully functional video jukebox with an innovative navigation system. Be sure to double click the flipping buttons.

Amsterdam Film Experience

Darwin Festival
A program focused website organized like a calendar is a great idea for a festival. Plus, there’s a nice community platform well integrated with the website.

Darwin Festival

Ars Electronica31
A crisp webdesign with effective navigation, creative menu solution, and ajaxified sidebar.

Ars Electronica32

The Media Festival
Another fresh design with irregular header, live news updater, popping colors, and lots of badges. Nuff said.

The Media Festival

Arts & Ideas33
Creative integration of the elements is the key factor here, combined with a great color scheme. Nice work!

Arts and Ideas34

Web Conferences & Design Events Link

London Digital Week
Here it’s all about the blurry moving images in the header and the bright colors used for the categories. Awesome effect!

London Digital Week

An Event Apart35

An Event Apart36

Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference37

Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference38

Future of Web Design

Future of Web Design

SXSW39
Big hype means big business and big business means great webdesign; at least in this case. The SXSW sports a clean website with a 16 bits meets Web 2.0 feel.

SXSW40

Next 09
A light website with a clean blog approach and an excellent video gallery.

Next

The 99 Percent41
This is so slick – a webdesign masterpiece with the soul of a blog. The best part? A scrolling sidebar with news from around the web.

The 99 Percent42

Freelance Camp43
Welcome to the army! The freelance army, that is! You have all you need – updates from the Captain, map with the camp location, a volunteering tool, and a community.

Freelance Camp44

Tech Adventure45
Finally a one-page beauty! Great hand-made-eco-green look and awesome Twitter & Facebook integration.

Tech Adventure46

Electrolux Design Lab47
One of the well-known events in the design world, EDL ’09 has a nice landing page with a light graffiti approach crafted in Flash. You should turn off the music :)

Electrolux Design Lab48

Cannes Lions49
The Cannes Festival for advertising is a huge event with over 200 speakers, but with a modest and clean online presence. The best part – a slick login button in the upper right corner.

Cannes Lions50

LDZIGN51
Very nice header with some motion involved, and a dynamic left aligned menu make it very clear and easy to use.

ldzign52

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://bumbershoot.org/
  2. 2 http://bumbershoot.org/
  3. 3 http://www.bonnaroo.com/
  4. 4 http://www.bonnaroo.com/
  5. 5 http://www.beachdownfestival.com
  6. 6 http://www.beachdownfestival.com
  7. 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/bigweekend/
  8. 8 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/bigweekend/
  9. 9 http://www.pukkelpop.be
  10. 10 http://www.pukkelpop.be
  11. 11 http://www.creamfields.com/
  12. 12 http://www.creamfields.com/
  13. 13 http://www.vfestival.com/
  14. 14 http://www.vfestival.com/
  15. 15 http://www.flowfestival.com/en/
  16. 16 http://www.flowfestival.com/en/
  17. 17 http://www.fremontoktoberfest.com/
  18. 18 http://www.fremontoktoberfest.com/
  19. 19 http://www.fremontoktoberfest.com/
  20. 20 http://www.orangecinemaseries.fr/evenement/tati/
  21. 21 http://www.pardo.ch/jahia/Jahia/home/lang/en
  22. 22 http://www.pardo.ch/jahia/Jahia/home/lang/en
  23. 23 http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en.html
  24. 24 http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en.html
  25. 25 http://www.animationshow.com/
  26. 26 http://www.animationshow.com/
  27. 27 http://www.eif.co.uk/
  28. 28 http://www.eif.co.uk/
  29. 29 http://www.colophon2009.com
  30. 30 http://www.colophon2009.com
  31. 31 http://www.aec.at/index_en.php
  32. 32 http://www.aec.at/index_en.php
  33. 33 http://www.artidea.org/
  34. 34 http://www.artidea.org/
  35. 35 http://www.aneventapart.com/
  36. 36 http://www.aneventapart.com/
  37. 37 http://azentrepreneurship.com/
  38. 38 http://azentrepreneurship.com/
  39. 39 http://sxsw.com/
  40. 40 http://sxsw.com/
  41. 41 http://the99percent.com/
  42. 42 http://the99percent.com/
  43. 43 http://www.freelancecamp.org/
  44. 44 http://www.freelancecamp.org/
  45. 45 http://techadventuredc.com/
  46. 46 http://techadventuredc.com/
  47. 47 http://www.electroluxdesignlab.com/
  48. 48 http://www.electroluxdesignlab.com/
  49. 49 http://www.canneslions.com/
  50. 50 http://www.canneslions.com/
  51. 51 http://www.lodzdesign.com/en/index.php
  52. 52 http://www.lodzdesign.com/en/index.php
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  1. 1

    Core Con 2009

    A sci-fi/fantasy/anime/horror convention in – of all places – Fargo, North Dakota.

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    Opened the Fremont Oktoberfest and I do like it’s simplicity and use of color.

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    Some designs are really awesome, but I think that there is a standart template on Freelance Camp. Just something like Groovy Video from WooThemes

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    i think it’s the “Irresistible” theme from WooThemes

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  5. 5

    Great sites.

    The Soundwave Festival website is pretty cool too. Check it out :).

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    Wow…how can you skip An Event Apart – http://www.aneventapart.com

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    Chuck Reynolds

    August 25, 2009 11:25 am

    also have Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference http://azec09.com

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    Quakeulf >:3~

    August 25, 2009 11:25 am

    “Colophon” went OTT with CMYK! 83~

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    Visit Tati en fete

    It will make you laugh how many loading pages they have. They have a loading page for there loading page.

    It is a nice design. My work server is very slow so it makes the loading pages extremely annoying.

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  10. 10

    You should have included the FOWD Tour 2009 page as well:

    http://events.carsonified.com/fowd/2009/tour

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  11. 11

    You’ve missed Exit…
    http://www.exitfest.org/

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    great collection…

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  14. 14

    Rothbury Music Festival:
    http://rothburyfestival.com/

    Cool site design and an AMAZING weekend! They also had a companion iPhone app which carried the same look and feel.

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  15. 15

    World Food Festival

    Another good festival hosted in Des Moines, Iowa every year. Lots of yummy things to eat :)

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  16. 16

    Worth a mention; electric picnic. An Irish music & arts festival with a cool flash design with artists scrolling past.

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  17. 17

    I recently finished this poster for DIT Fest in Ohio

    http://twitpic.com/f98re

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  18. 18

    the style of that beachdown image looks very familiar. Sanna Annukka???

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    I’m surprised F5 was missed.

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  21. 21

    I found this site for an international short film festival pretty sleek and light http://shortmoves.de

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  22. 22

    Great list but I really think The Big Day Out 2009 should be on the list <a href=”http://www.bigdayout.com/home.php”

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  23. 23

    Tks, good list!

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  24. 24

    I made a summer festival site too in WP.
    It’s not on par with these bad boys, but I thought it was pretty good at the time.
    What do you guys think?

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  25. 25

    What of Drupal related events: http://paris2009.drupalcon.org/

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    Andrew Butterworth

    August 26, 2009 7:48 am

    A nice film festival site is Salford Film Festival

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  27. 27

    How could you leave out Roskilde Festival. http://www.roskildefestival.dk.

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  28. 28

    http://www.globalgathering.co.uk/ Is always worth a mention :)

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  30. 30

    Another one… a brand new small festival in Spain, nice ilustration background…
    http://www.duplexstyle.com/festival/

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  31. 31

    And this one?

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    George Campos

    August 26, 2009 4:52 am

    http://www.fcjsp.com.br/2009/ São Paulo Jewish Film Festival – Brazil

    Made with wodrpress.

    Thanks

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    You forgot Lowlands, which has an interface like i’ve never seen before.

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  35. 35

    wowwwwwwwwww..
    really nice article!!

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  36. 36

    i wish i was better at design! look at my website pinksaint dot com, i need some help!

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  37. 37

    nice collection you have here!

    love tati en fete,

    big up

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  38. 38

    is anybody interested in attending An Event Apart? We can get a group discount if we have at least 6 people. If you’re interested, please let me know (awoo23@hotmail.com)

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  39. 39

    This one just went up: Kid Rock Cruise

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  40. 40

    great collection…

    but what is about this:
    link

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