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Mon, 25 Nov 2013 | By Emily Gosling
Ryanair is set to launch the next phase of its redesigned website as part of its drive to overhaul and modernise the platform.
The new Ryanair homepage
The new site (at www.ryanair.com) is being gradually unveiled throughout November, with a homepage ‘clean-up’ and the addition of new functionality.
This includes the removal of the Recaptcha security interface for individual bookings and a 24-hour ‘grace period to fix minor errors in bookings’ since the beginning of the month as part of ‘phase one’ of the redesign. Ryanair says all design work is being carried out in-house.
Dara Brady, Ryanair head of web development, says, ‘Ultimately we wanted a more consistent look and feel. The site was probably a bit dated in terms of the look – it was very loud in appearance with a lot of competing elements alongside the yellow and blue.
‘The clean-up of the homepage removed third-party ads and display advertising to make it cleaner and simpler. We’re moving away from the loud, “fighting for attention” design to a more consistent navigational flow’.
The second phase of the site overhaul will see further tweaks to the site’s look and feel, according to Brady, alongside an ‘aggressive development phase’.
This will see the introduction of features such as a ‘fare finder’ service and ‘My Ryanair’ feature, where users can save booking and contact details.
Other additions include a ‘Share the Fare’ option, launching in March 2014, where users can share their fares through social networks; and mobile boarding passes where customers will be allowed to download passes to their smartphones, rather than printing them out.
Brady says, ‘The appearance [of the site] will change again. We don’t want to go into too much detail but ultimately there will be different aspects of the design, some are currently there and some are not.’
He adds, ’We also announced new service initiatives as part of a full review across the service and digital platform. I’m sure in due course the marketing will follow.’
According to Ryanair, it is hoped that the entire redesign will be completed in May 2014, when an app will also be launched that Brady says will echo the Ryanair.com site in its look and feel.
Ryanair will also release tailored language websites in all its major EU markets starting with a Spanish language and tailored website and an Italian version by the end of June 2014.
Meeting and making art can be fun and always interesting.
The first process is for us to meet and collect information about the type of work you would like, maybe something has inspired you, a moment in your child’s development, a moment of self expression or a passion for real living art.
I normally make portraits using one of the 2 pathways of production set out below.
Portrait of a very peculiar father: He fathered up to 30 children by his coterie of lovers - but artist Lucian Freud left a trail of emotional turmoil in his wake
PUBLISHED: 22:00 GMT, 15 September 2013 | UPDATED: 20:43 GMT, 16 September 2013
He was one of the greatest British artists of the past century - but as a brilliant new biography reveals, Lucian Freud had a personal life as colourful as it was turbulent.
The Portraiture of Nicholas John Garrett
''Portraits are often beautiful yet always mysterious things. No matter who creates them there is an eternal life set free. Through our portraits we 'live' forever....
My own work is founded on a simple principle handed down by my mentor Euan Uglow – It must be a determined search for truth.
But my love of faces goes back to when I was very young.
The Prince Of Wales | Historic Venue In The Heart Of Brixton
The Prince of Wales – POW (not to be mistaken etc!…)
The legendary Prince of Wales is reopening its doors today after a major refurbishment. Marking a new and eventful era for this historical public house, the Brixton venue now includes a restaurant and bar, with two terraces, a large entertainment space and a series of event rooms.
The Prince of Wales Brixton
The Prince of Wales’s remodeling has been the work of hospitality and non Brixtonian events veterans Simon Allen and Wayne Saunders, who conceived the look and style of this Brixton hotspot from their extensive experience in restaurants, clubs and comedy while cutting their teeth in New York.
Added to the project as the executive chef, Brixton resident Arno Maasdorp is probably best known for his Saltoun Supper Club and will lead the Prince of Wales kitchen with a seasonal menu inspired by Brixton’s history and character.
With much of the produce sourced from Brixton market itself, the menu features dishes such as Salt cod cakes with pea guacamole and Oxtail pacchieri with pecorino crumb. The restaurant’s key feature, the large wood fire oven, will be utilized to roast ingredients such as lamb shank, shallots and celery, and beets with horseradish, as well as pizzas, including a classic Margherita with smoked mozzarella.
Weekends at The Prince of Wales will feature traditional brunch with Arno’s adaptation of classics, such as ‘breakfast’ pizza featuring all the classics of a British fry up ( a bit of a mouthfull…). Set to open in Spring 2014, the Deli will also sell homemade pastries and organic local produce.
For those in the mood for more than just a bite to eat, a diverse calendar of live music, comedy shows, salsa nights, graffiti battles, Pongathons and more will be available on their website.
The Prince of Wales
Built in 1936, there has been a public house on the site since the 1800s, making The Prince of Wales one of the oldest pubs in Brixton. Many of the original fittings, such as the stunning art deco staircase leading up from the ground floor, have been retained, in order to respect the venue’s longstanding history. Large French windows, whitewashed walls and striking mirrors, inscribed with the day’s menu all hand written by Nick Garrett and Jack Hollands, combine to create a light and spacious atmosphere in the New York-inspired restaurant. Offset by wooden floors and tables, the décor is lifted by hints of burgundy red and brown windows, mustard and French blue derived from the original terracotta tiles surrounding the bar.
Both Allen and Saunders known the importance of elegance, value and exceptional service, and The Prince of Wales promises nothing less. A beautiful historic venue with a hint of a modern twist, it is a destination for great food and entertainment.
- The Prince Of Wales | Historic Venue In The Heart Of Brixton (ultravie.co.uk)
Focus on contemporary Australian art
16 November 2013 – 5 January 2014
string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art explores innovative approaches to fibre and art in a contemporary context. The exhibition brings together Aboriginal artists who work with expanded notions of textile and craft-based tradition, and will present a range of artworks from sculpture to photography, painting to video. Touring from the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and curated by MCA Senior Curator, Glenn Barkley, it features the work of over 30 artists and artist groups from all over Australia.
‘String theory’ is a scientific principle that posits a theory of everything. In this exhibition it implies expansion and connection across time and space, is porous and open-ended, and diverse approaches to the idea of ‘fibre’ or craft-based disciplines. A highlight of the exhibition is a commission by Yirrkala artist Lipaki Marlaypa who works exclusively with traditional hand-made string. Many of the works in the exhibition have string as an integral material in their making. Others use photography, painting and installation whilst still being grounded in a textile tradition.
Artists: Tony Albert, Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Boolarng Nangamai Aboriginal Art & Culture Studio, Frances Djulibing, Robyn Djunginy, Lola Greeno, Dale Harding, Evelyn McGreen, Lipaki Marlyaapa, Dhundhunga 2 Munungurr, Noongar Doll Makers, Laurie Nilsen, Alison Page, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Jimmy Pike, Vicki West, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Tasmanian Shell Necklace Makers, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, and Yirrkala Printmakers.
An MCA touring exhibition curated by Glenn Barkley.
Regina Wilson, Wargardi/Dilly bag, 2010.
Cherie Abednego, Bush Boy, 2010.
Laurie Nilsen, Just another Black C, 2011.
Niningka Lewi, Minya Punu Kungkarangkalpa (detail) 2013.
Djuwakan 2 (DJ) Marika, Mari 2012.
Tony Albert, Optimism#10, 2008.
string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art has been supported by the City of Perth and PICA’s ART5000 donors. Tjanpi Desert Weavers’ project has been supported by Gandel Philanthropy and the Nelson Meers Foundation.
Images from top: Frances Djulibing, Yukuwa (Feather string yam vine), 2013. Banyan tree bark, cockatoo feathers, beeswax. Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 2013. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Alex Davies; Regina Wilson, Wargardi/Dilly bag, 2010. Image courtesy the artist, Durrmu Arts and Michael Reid Sydney, © the artist; Cherie Abednego, Bush Boy, 2010. Image courtesy the artist and CAN WA, © the artist. Photo: Bo Wong; Laurie Nilsen, Just another Black C, 2011. Powder coated barbwire. Image courtesy the artist, Kick Arts and FireWorks Gallery. © the artist; Niningka Lewi, Minya Punu Kungkarangkalpa (detail) 2013. Mixed media. Image courtesy and © Tjanpi Desert Weavers, NPY Women’s Council. Photograph: Alex Davies; Djuwakan 2 (DJ) Marika,Mari 2012. Screenprint, images courtesy the artist and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, © the artist; Tony Albert, Optimism#10, 2008. Image courtesy the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney © the artist.
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