Code in the news Nov 2013

From some very flattering award wins to working with the high street’s biggest name in entertainment, there have been plenty of highs for us over the past four months.

Here’s a summary of what we’ve been up to over at Code.


To mark the launch of the Big BUGS! exhibition, we worked with True North to engineer a temporary creepy crawlies takeover of the Chester Zoo website.

Animated illustrations of ladybirds, bumblebees and dragonflies flew and hopped across the home screen as user moved their mouse around in a fun new piece of functionality; both The Drum and Prolific North picked up on the story.


We were chuffed to add another charity client to our roster in August.

We’re working with Sue Ryder to help them deliver greater engagement with supporters, and encourage regular donations through digital channels. News of our appointment made it on to Campaign and Design Week.


The month got off to a great start when we were ranked the top Elite agency outside London — and fourth overall — in a UK-wide Digital census. And we were especially pleased to also be ranked third in the ‘peer’ poll section; it’s great to know that we’re rated highly by our fellow digital agencies as well as our clients.

September saw the launch of our Visit Blackpool campaign, designed to remind traditional family holidaymakers of the seaside town’s appeal. Incorporating an app and microsite, the campaign encourages visitors to upload their ‘best Blackpool moments’ to win competition prizes, and then share their entry via social channels. The story appeared on the Bdaily and Marketing Week sites, amongst others.

We also unveiled the new visual identity and website for Axisweb, an online resource for UK contemporary art — here’s coverage of the rebrand on Prolific North.


October brought one of our highest profile projects of the year: the re-launch of

Our collaborative approach was very much in evidence here, with the user experience, strategy, design, developer, SEO and content writing teams all working hard together to deliver the finished product — a site that reflects HMV’s in-store experience and credibility by providing visitors with quality, easy-to-access editorial content.

None too surprisingly, the all-new was big news and the story appeared all over, from the Manchester Evening News and The Business Desk to Design Week, Econsultancy, and Brand Republic.

We were also very proud to play host the latest Manchester Umbraco Meetup. The founder of Umbraco himself Niels Hartvig travelled from Copenhagen to address a sell-our crowd of keen web developers and digital marketers (and he also had the time to give us a quick interview).

And we rounded off one of our busiest months yet with news that our Refuge ‘Support A Friend’ campaign had secured Silver in the ‘Best Use of Interactive Video’ category of the pan-European Lovie Awards.

With just a few months of 2013 left to go, we’re currently getting stuck in to some brilliant projects to round off the year, and also very much looking forward to celebrating our Christmas Party — we’re heading to Barcelona this time…