The latest from El Mys

Pushkin all the right buttons

| Pushkin Press

El Mysterioso is pleased to announce that we’ve completed the first phase of our redesign of Pushkin Press has a longstanding reputation for publishing the best writing from around the world and owners Stephanie Seegmuller and Adam Freudenheim wanted a website to match their beautiful book designs. The brand new fully responsive site is elegant and bold and has been received extremely well by Pushkin’s burgeoning audience. Keep your eyes peeled for the full site, which will be launching in April.
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Human Resources

94 Elements is a global cross-media filmmaking project exploring the world via the 94 naturally occurring chemical elements. From Argon to Zinc, everything on earth is made up of some combination these elements, and filmmaker Mike Paterson is commissioning short films by award-winning filmmakers, developers, designers and the project’s community, to explore a human story related to each.
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Shipping Code

| Tyneside Cinema

We’re delighted to announce Songs from the Shipyards, a new immersive online project – designed and built by El Mysterioso for Tyneside Cinema. We’ve used the latest HTML5 technologies to create a beautiful and user-friendly full-screen experience.

Telling the story of the North East’s shipbuilding industry from 1900 to present day, the narrative is set by a series of short films arranged and edited by filmmaker Richard Fenwick. Each stage of the journey is complemented with additional content, including films from national and local archives, newly commissioned work, photography and contemporary records. Fenwick’s films are soundtracked by Northumbrian folk group The Unthanks. Continue Reading →

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An Art Question to Answer

| Aspex

Portsmouth’s leading contemporary art gallery Aspex has a new website – proudly built by El Mysterioso in collaboration with studiobaum. has everything you might expect from a thriving gallery: a comprehensive events calendar, a blog and details about the Aspex’s various spaces and projects.

But there are a few surprises too. A new section called Q sees the gallery pose topical questions, from ‘does making things make us human?’ to ‘What’s next for culture in Portsmouth?’. In response, Aspex can post content from the blog and events listings, as well as letting visitors have their say. Continue Reading →


Research Engine

| Legal Services Board

El Mysterioso has just finished work on a new research portal for the Legal Services Board (LSB). The LSB is the independent oversight regulator of the legal profession and sector in England and Wales, and undertake plenty of original research as part of their work.

They came to El Mysterioso with a gigantic 400-slide powerpoint and interactive Excel spreadsheet, and it was our job to turn it into a website that could present and disseminate their valued research more effectively. Both commissioned research and in-house analysis will be shared via the platform, with plenty of reports and datasets available for download. Our research portal sits within the existing architecture of the LSB site, but has its own content management system and a new responsive design.


We’ve Won a Webby!

| Intel

Exciting times at El Mys: Intel’s The Chase Experience has scooped the jury award for best use of online media at the webby awards! We developed this web-based version of viral video ‘The Chase’ last Spring, using HTML5 and JavaScript to play out the fast-paced narrative across 80 dynamic browser windows. Sequencing the separate windows and video files to a single audio timeline, and getting it to work across all major browsers, was a tough challenge – and it’s good to see it all pay off.

We worked with our longstanding client Nexus Productions on the project, which you can read more about here. Out of the thousands of entries, we made it to the final five nominees in the category – alongside some great work from Nike, Perrier, Philips and Reebok. So it was a real honour to be picked out by the jury for their top prize.


Paper View

| Hahnemuhle

Clients don’t come much more venerable than Hahnemühle, a German paper producer founded in 1584 (and featured on Wikipedia’s list of the oldest companies in the world) – so we were thrilled to be invited to provide our digital expertise on their new curatorial project.

Upon Paper celebrates the brand’s ‘close connection with art and form’ via an exhibition space in Berlin, an extra-large format biannual magazine and an online platform. Upon Paper’s remit covers artwork on paper and beyond, from oil painting and illustration to photography and technology, acting as a spotlight for work by a wide range of artists, photographers and designers. We were brought on board by Upon Paper’s Creative and Editorial Director Paul Hetherington, former Creative Director at SHOWstudio and co-founder of Big Active.
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A little help for our friends

It’s been a busy few months at El Mys towers. As well as building the platform for online fashion community The Muse, we’ve been helping out some of our longstanding clients with lots of new work.

We brought in the New Year with Most Contagious, Contagious Magazine’s comprehensive review of the trends and technologies that shaped 2011. Previously released in PDF format, we first helped Contagious turn their retrospective into an accessible website with a touch-enabled mobile version in 2010, and were thrilled to help out again this time round. We’ve also been designing some new sections for, as well as implementing a few site-wide changes to improve existing user experience and functionality.

Meanwhile, we’ve been refining the e-commerce platform we built for Allders last year, building in some new functionality and tweaking the UI. Brinkworth also once again enlisted our help, this time to make their site iPad-friendly and create a fully-integrated video player using the Vimeo API. Finally, there’s AMV Academy: a Facebook microsite that acts as a hub for AMV BBDO’s graduate careers programme.

And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got some amazing new projects lined up for the next few months – so check back soon for more…

Muse of the world


El Mysterioso is super excited to announce the launch of our latest project: The Muse (, an independent online fashion community offering a mix of street fashion, style tips and approachable advice for young women aged 16-24.

Editorial content on The Muse includes fashion news, competitions, curated ‘looks’ and video episodes. Anyone can sign up to be a ‘Muse’, earning points for participating and sharing on the site. All editorial and user content can be shared and the most active members are rewarded with special discounts, exclusive event invitations, additional content and vouchers for their favourite shops.
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Cinematic experience

| Tate Modern

Our latest project is an immersive website for Tacita Dean’s new commission for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. The twelfth work in the high profile Unilever Series, FILM is an 11-minute silent 35mm film projected onto a huge white monolith at a darkened end of the space.

Tate’s new site is a journey through a series of cinematic tableaux, guiding visitors through the analogue film making process. El Mysterioso collaborated with Nexus Interative Arts director Woof Wan-Bau on the project, continuing our long-standing creative relationship with the production company Continue Reading →