As chief creative officer for Skyymap, Inc., I was the art
director and user interface designer for International Arista Records recording
artist Usher. This site took over a year to create in two phases. Usherworld
was created in Flash and boasted a radio player, fan only area (Your Usherworld), message board,
chat room (U-Chat) and custom site management tools. All navigation had corresponding sound clips recorded by Usher and really added to the user experience. So no matter where you went you heard Usher's voice.
All of the navigation pieces were created using Adobe Illustrator and site
images were created in Adobe Photoshop. In the fan only area of the site could
be customized to play an Usher track of choice and load a homepage image of
choice each time the user returned to the page.
Most areas of the site could be updated using the site management tool such as Usher’s Journal, Press and Tours. I designed the site tool interface to be very simple and we built in fail safes to keep users from losing their edits or uploading incorrect entries by locking down each department. An “unlock” had to be done to save final edits or to leave one department for another. The site tool was also delivered with a custom step by step user guide with screen shots, so that anyone could learn how to update the Usherworld site.