This is just a brief note to help announce the Happy Cog redesign of the website for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, an organization promoting traditional Irish music and culture around the world. I’ve written before about our two wonderful trips to Ireland to meet and work face-to-face with the people of Comhaltas, specifically our astute contact Breandán Knowlton. I’m not responsible for the design of the site (I did a comp, but it wasn’t chosen); that task fell on Rob Weychert. Dan Mall handily picked up the coding duties and Mark Huot customized an Expression Engine install to do cartwheels around the content. Last Thursday saw us marking the site launch with an open house in Philadelphia, joining the Comhaltas headquarters in Dublin and other regional centers to celebrate with some music and good company. There are a handful of photos on Flickr from the event for your viewing pleasure.
The website beautifully reflects where Comhaltas is heading, shunning clichéd Irish symbols and colors in favor of a more classic and historically inspired visual design. We did this to help the movement of Comhaltas into a more digitally advanced state, but also to preserve their strong link to the past and vital history of Irish culture (the site is served up in both English and Gaelic versions). We were pleased to be selected to work on this project, and very proud of the finished website. Since I’m not responsible for the final site, join the discussion on Rob’s and Dan’s posts about the Comhaltas redesign if you’d like to comment about the work, or read a more in-depth look at the efforts behind it on the Happy Cog site.