embracing strange

New Zealand Fringe Festival

Who we worked with:
New Zealand Fringe Festival
What we did:

Strategy UX Design Build Improve

Check it out:
fringe.co.nz

NZ Fringe Festival digital platform

Working with clients whose teams include contortionists, rock gods, massage therapists, superheroes & Mexican wrestlers isn’t something that happens every day - unless you work in the strange & wonderful world of Fringe.

The New Zealand Fringe Festival has become a vital & enthralling part of Wellington’s artistic landscape, while simultaneously a rite of passage for artists and audiences alike.

Festivals are often seen as the glamorous star of the creative arts sector but are notoriously underfunded. This creates a self-perpetuating cycle of underperformance.

Operated by not for profits, they are heavily reliant on ticket revenue to meet operating costs in a global climate of reduced arts sector funding. This means they often do not have the funds to secure a professional digital platform, necessary to achieving a critical mass of sales, often leading to sub-standard ad hoc online platforms.

Further to this, Fringe is a distinct sub-genre within the Festivals sector, with a focus on early stage or experimental performances. It means more shows, more venues & smaller audiences & a donation based mentality that was contrary to the budgetary needs of the Fringe team.

Through our decade long involvement in the sector, we have developed both a deep understanding of the unique challenges facing arts festival organisations & a technical platform that allows us to deliver experiential, flexible yet effective sites.

Working with the bold new brand developed by the fine folk at Inject Design, we were able to bring this experience to bear on the Fringe 2017 digital platform, helping it to become the most successful festival yet!

Featuring over 140 shows from in excess of 1,000 artists, the new Fringe website & digital platform delivered a whopping 63% increase in online ticket sales over previous years & the largest total audience yet.

Bring on Fringe 2018!

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Crazy home page

By embracing a truly design led process we have been able to create a visually impactful, beautiful, fun and indelible digital experience, building on the broader Fringe brand. The festival is a colourful affair and this sentiment has literally informed the site design.

Modular is the new black

Clutter has been avoided & clean modular page designs have been created. Single minded illustrations on bright festival colours, clean structured layouts & curated behaviours create a unique festival digital experience.

Happy grid, happy life

The individual show assets are varied in appearance & quality, and have previously diluted the Fringe brand through inconsiderate application. In this design evolution, the Fringe brand remains strong at all site touchpoints, including the individual show pages. Simultaneously the design presents the shows in a visually appealing way and has had buy in from all festival participants.

Like a Rocket

The New Zealand Fringe Festival 2017 was the most successful edition in 27 years, with the new Fringe site generated a whopping 63% increase in online sales & 240% increase in online merchandise sales.

“NV created a website that captures the brand & essence of NZ Fringe. The new site has been an outstanding success & we’ve had compliments from Fringe Festivals across the globe!”

Hannah Clarke NZ Fringe Festival Director
Percentage increase in online sales from 2016

63%