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Finishing Season, 2.1: PinDrop Audiobook Theatre!

PinDrop Audiobook Theatre Company
I haven't done this in a while, and a whole frickin' bunch of projects are now wrapping up, so I thought I'd make a couple more Finishing Season posts this week.

First up is The PinDrop Audiobook Theatre Company, a new group here in Chicago that's aiming to bring a new level of drama to audiobooks, sort of like old radio plays. This is cool. At the moment, the only samples up there are for children's works, but there are some new pieces in the making which could be insanely great, coin a phrase. More on that as it develops.

Anyway, the site that I built for PinDrop is, like its logo, razor-thin and super-elegant. My initial plan was to do something that played off of the idea of theatre, and do something with imagery of an actual 1920s theatre, but after meeting with the client we selected a much more refined feel, so I went back to the drawing boards. What emerged is a very streamlined design, very cool, very minimalist. I'm digging it.

More announcements soon!


My feelings about audio books have always been pretty much along the line of "I can read books myself, I don't need someone to read them to me." However, I also have fond memories of radio in the 50's, with Arthur Godfrey, Fibber McGee and Molly, Amos 'n Andy, the Lone Ranger and Tonto and, best of all, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? THE SHADOW KNOWS!"

With that in mind, the idea behind PinDrop may very well make me change my mind about what audio books have to offer. It sounds very much like the old radio shows, where the actors had the real talent of being able, with only their voices and a few sound effects, to stimulate my imagination and bring the stories to life in my own mind. The products of my own imagination were much more entertaining than having everything shoved up in my face as someone else's idea of what a story should look like, which is what movies and TV do for us.

More power to them, I wish them a lot of success.

And by the way, the Web site is a cool job, as well.

excellent work! One of the designs I had laid out for my site re-design looks similar to this. Especially with the cicles and the line moving vertically along the side.

You know what they say about smart minds...

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