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website
home page
tour dates
tv show page
_what
website for comedian, actor + writer, jim gaffigan
_how
we recently gave jim gaffigan's website another overhaul. much of the same functionality remains, but the site is now full responsive and sports a lighter, more elegant skin.
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    responsive design
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jimgaffigan.com
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home page
episode purchase page
ticket page
news page
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website for comedian, actor, director + writer, louis CK.
_how
over the years we've remained the web development team for louis CK, advancing his website's capabilities and aesthetics in small increments with each new release. this felt like as good a moment as any to put a flag in the ground and celebrate that.
_features
    responsive designuser-friendly purchase flowuser accountsone-off + episodic show functionalitytech support backendprintable DVD artworkHTML5 + flash video playersmp3 + FLAC audio filesgifting optionsintegration with independent ticketing solutionpaypal, amazon, dwolla + bitcoin payment systemsapple TV + chromecast compatibility
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louisck.com
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innovation page
ideas page
search page
menu page
_what
website for the online news, analysis and discussion platform, ventures africa.
_how
it was the thirst agency that first put us in touch with uzodinma iweala. uzo was interested in revamping his pan-african news operation, and wanted us to begin that process by taking charge of the website.

after much back and forth on the approach, including how best to improve the flow of information and the advertising model, we began work on the developing the website you see now.

the site launched in time for the inauguration of the new nigerian government and we are continuing to evolve it, so stay tuned for further updates.
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venturesafrica.com
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home page
how this works page
_what
website for the non-profit, climate-change organization, the carbon war room
_how
this is the 4th in a line of websites we've built for richard branson's carbon war room organization. this time the focus is upon improving the efficiency of trucking companies as they haul freight around the world. the site aims to give trucking companies and the general public greater insights into the most efficient trucking technologies.
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  • html 5 / JS driven UI
  • responsive design
_link
truckingefficiency.org
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home page
topics page
press page
teaser site
_what
teaser site for the short film series, we the economy
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continuing our collaborations with braden king and truckstop media, we were asked to create a series of websites for a forthcoming short film project organized by morgan spurlock. the series intends to reignite interest and increase understanding with regards to the ailing US economy. 

the initial teaser site itself pulls posts live from twitter that are related to the economic issues the films. our hope here is to start a conversation – to raise awareness of a very real and current level of confusion about how the fundamentals of the economy work.

the full site hosts a wealth of content including over 20 short films streaming live on the site and in mobile app format. additional to that is a wealth of information about the filmmakers, the economic advisors and the economic implications of the films themselves.
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  • javascript UI
  • webGL backdrop
  • filtered twitter search engine
  • mobile app integration
  • HLS video streaming
_link
wetheeconomy.com
_awards
2015 webby awards honoree for best navigation / structure.
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maintenance and harvesting page
choose your plants page
contact / order form page
_what
website for the los angeles-based gardening company, grow simple
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katharine o'brien's new gardening outfit aims to give los angeles locals the power to grow their own produce. clean, organic and healthy food is proving harder to come by due to the threat of GMOs permanently affecting crops, loosely regulated pesticide use, diminished labeling regulations and a crackdown on farmers markets and co-ops. the grow simple website is katharine's first step toward developing a company that can reframe people's way of thinking about these matters and help them eat more healthily in the future.

we handled both the logo design and website development for this project. the aim was to create a simple, compatible website that communicated the idea swiftly and offered the company a chance to start without a fully developed ecommerce platform in place. the form-based product selection tool built into the site enables grow simple and their clients to communicate more effectively before engaging in a transaction. 
_features
  • responsive design
  • wordpress backend
  • form-based product selection tool
_link
growsimpleLA.com
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home page
store page
calendar page
contact page
_what
website for new york-based book store, posman books
_how
posman books contacted us with a plan to revitalize their online presence. realizing they'd prefer to strip down the books they had available on their site to a shortlist of ones they really liked and knew would sell, we created the new 'book shelf' style storefront you see now. accompanying this with a more responsive, image-heavy aesthetic, the results capture more what it's like to step off the street and into a branch of posman books.
_features
  • responsive design
  • book-shelf storefront
  • wordpress backend
  • customized e-commerce plugin
  • google maps integration
_link
posmanbooks.com
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home page
work page
team page
client page
contact page
_what
website for the international advertising agency, true.
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claude grunitzky wanted to revamp the online presence of his international ad agency and dropped by our studio in new york to talk us through the project. the result is a fully responsive, in-depth presentation of the length and breadth of the work claude and his company have done since originating with trace magazine in the 90s, 
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  • html5 + javascript driven interface
  • responsive design
  • parallax content scrolling
_link
true212.com
_awards
awwwards special mention
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tomorrow night poster
home page
_what
film poster + website update for the comic + filmmaker, louis CK.
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to accompany the online release of his 1998 debut feature film, tomorrow night, louis CK asked us to create a one-sheet poster that fans could download from the site and print themselves. in terms of style he wanted something that echoed the handbills he was passing out when the film first went to festivals back in the 90s. we created around 10 different versions and what you see here is the design he selected.

we also revamped his website's front-end and back-end to a large degree. now fully responsive and capable of taking 10 times the user load of previous incarnations,  louisck.com is all the more future-proof.
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louisck.com
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black
white
webcam feature
draw feature
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website for the new york-based PR firm, kaleidoscope consulting.
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back in 2008 we created a rather simple and elegant flash website for the art and fashion-based PR firm, kaleidoscope consulting. aware now that their site was useless on a range of new platforms but still very much in love with the look and feel of it, they asked us to recreate the site using HTML5 and javascript. in response we proffered that we might add another dimension to the site, and began to scheme this new black + white edition you see before you. the result is a site that's fully iphone and ipad compliant, and features not just a kaleidoscope that can be populated with images from your webcam, but also (thanks again to mr doob) hand drawn sketches too.

you can read more about the making of the site here.
_features
  • html5 / javascript driven interface
  • webcam snapshot technology
  • harmony drawing technology
  • original music
  • wordpress backend
_link
kaleidoscopepr.net
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filmmakers page
reviews page
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website for the paramount pictures feature film, not fade away.
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paramount pictures asked us to put together ideas for a website for a new film by david chase, creator of the sopranos. the film is called not fade away, and is a rock 'n' roll coming-of-age story set in the 1960s.

taken by our suggestions, paramount requested we move forward with a concept we were calling 'living photographs'. this meant we were taking stills from the film and animating them in a unique fashion that embellished the moment, rather than giving away too much of the story.

the site utilizes a relatively new process of animating PNGs as well as GIFs, allowing us more control and a greater level of overall compatibility.
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  • html5 / JS / css driven interface
  • PNG and GIF animation
  • custom soundscapes
  • ipad / iphone compatibility
  • retina display image resizing
  • CMS
  • audio player
  • ticketing system
  • 'remind me' sign-up form
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versionindustries.com/archive/nfa
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home page
_what
website for eric idle's comic stage show, what about dick?
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westbeth entertainment were keen to release their film of eric idle's what about dick?, using the same platform we developed for jim gaffigan and louis CK. expanding on the visual style originally established in the posters they'd created to promote the show, we quickly put together a reskinned platform for them. this we then fine tuned to suit the appropriate marketing approach for this unique, star-studded film.
_features
  • amazon server integration
  • user-friendly purchase flow
  • user accounts
  • tech support backend
  • HTML5 + flash video players
  • gifting options
  • paypal + amazon payment systems
_link
whataboutdick.com
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_what
relaunch site for london-based film company, asylum films
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since our original website work with asylum films, the company has expanded their roster of directors and the scope of their collective works. this meant that they needed a new website to expand dynamically to their growing needs.

we used a custom wordpress CMS as basis of ongoing self-management for their large pool of work & got about redesigning a brand new look for their front-end that was both fun to look at but clear to use. with this came the expanded ability to quickly find and share work.
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  • dynamic color driven work categories
  • animated GIF thumbnails
  • custom wordpress driven CMS
  • 'cinema mode' video playback
  • twitter & facebook integration
_link
asylumfilms.co.uk
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download / stream page
options page
video page
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website for comedian, actor + writer, jim gaffigan
_how
show business journeyman jim gaffigan has done nearly every kind of work a comic can do but he'd never self-produced and released his own show. he knew of us through our work with louis CK and so approached us to build a site of his own. whilst the focus was on a similar model, we designed and built a more refined engine this time around.
_features
  • amazon server integration
  • user-friendly purchase flow
  • user accounts
  • tech support backend
  • printable DVD artwork
  • HTML5 + flash video players
  • gifting options
  • paypal + amazon payment systems
_link
jimgaffigan.com
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home page
agriculture page
_what
website for the non-profit, climate-change organization, the carbon war room
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the carbon war room has been setup by richard branson for the facilitation and realization of investment in the sustainable, minimized-emissions industry. the carbon war room needed a website that reflected the pace and range of their interests. network engagement was chief among their concerns and they required a site that made all relevant channels and information available to all visitors as simply as possible.
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    login integration with linked inhtml5 driven interfacewordpress blog integrationcustom 'sonar' and 'engagement tool' navigation
_link
carbonwarroom.com
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home page
carnegie hall
ticketing
carnegie record cover
beacon theater streaming page
beacon theater home page
dvd cover
_what
website for the new york-based comedian + filmmaker, louis CK
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like most people we've been a fan of louis CK and his work for a while and so when the gregory brothers very kindly recommended us to him and his team a couple of months back, we were stoked. as if that wasn't cool enough, it turns out louis was looking for much more than a website. he was looking to revolutionize his approach to releasing his material to his fans. always up for trying new things, we set about pulling together a small dream team to get the task done.

everyone worked day and night on this from various locations both in the US and europe and its fair to say that the results far exceeded anyone's expectations. louis himself published a report on the whole project on the website, which you can read here.

you can read an in-depth article about our process and everything we learnt from working on this job here.

following the success of the beacon video, louis released audio downloads of the beacon + two additional shows. since then the site underwent further revision as we integrated louis' ticket sales into the site, all the while maintaining the highest standards of security and ease-of-use.
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  • amazon server integration
  • user-friendly purchase flow
  • user accounts
  • tech support backend
  • printable DVD artwork
  • HTML5 + flash video players
  • mp3 + FLAC audio files
  • gifting options
  • integration with independent ticketing solution
  • paypal + amazon payment systems
_link
buy.louisck.net
_awards
2012 webby awards honoree for best practice
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sparkler
traffic
bikers poster
max poster
boat poster
BAM festival poster
vinyl, dvd + poster set
_what
website, posters, typography + packaging for the feature film, pavilion
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we were contacted by film director tim sutton after a series of talks we did on designing websites for films for the IFP. he was interested in us producing a website and possibly some film posters for his new film pavilion. we hit it off very quickly and soon had a series of ideas laid down for online and offline approaches to promoting the film.

the website focusses on a series of animated GIFs that reflect the very calm and subtle visual tone of the film, combined with looped audio from the films soundtrack + score. the posters take a leaf out of robert zemeckis's book to visually represent the very subtle narrative elements within the film.

we also handled the type treatment for the credits within the film, and once the film was purchased for distribution by factory 25, we designed a vinyl, dvd and poster package for the film's physical release.
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  • ipad / iphone compatible
  • html5 / javascript driven UI
  • animated GIFs / cinema graphs
  • scrollwheel / cursor key navigation
_link
pavilionfilm.com
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_what
internal microsite for reader's digest international.
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the brief for this job came from brand communications firm, roth partners, who contacted us about translating their work on the reader's digest brand into an internal microsite. the site would serve to share new strategic work and brand tools with employees of reader's digest around the world. its goal was to deliver new brand materials in print and video formats in ways that would engage the internal brand audience and inspire them to review and learn from the content.

a key part of this site was stewarding viewers through the new work done for reader's digest and to that end we developed an innovative task-based system which broke up the different elements and took viewers through them one-by-one. critical to our design was achieving involvement and participation across disparate audiences. the result was more of an online study course than a classic static brochure-style site.
_features
  • fine-grained access control
  • html5 video
  • intuitive tasked learning flow
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home page
floorplans page
_what
website for the luxury israeli penthouse, crown opera.
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the tavivan sporn group wanted us to design an elegant, luxury website for a sea-side penthouse in israel. they sent us many photographs of the apartment and the surrounding area and briefed us on the general feel they were after for the site. we developed not just the logo and the overall site aesthetic but also composed a soothing atmospheric soundtrack for the site.
_features
  • html + javascript based interface
  • ipad compatible
  • contact form
  • original music
_link
seaopera-ph.com/en
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home page
music page
_what
website for the brooklyn-based band, the gregory brothers
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once again we could not be more grateful to topspin. they have put us in touch with an eclectic range of radical artists with whom we've had the most exciting and rewarding relationships. the gregory brothers, better known as the auto-tune the news guys, are no exception. a month or so ago they walked into our studio and told us they needed a new website. they then hit the road and we sent them our ideas as they criss-crossed the country on the youtube tour. the trick was to combine their already burgeoning aesthetic with a number of new levels of functionality. their old site had been pretty much built entirely by them using dreamweaver and they were understandably into something that would be a little easier to update. needless to say, but the process was a breeze and often funny too.
_features
  • wordpress-driven back-end
  • gig-press plugin
  • contact form 7 plugin
  • custom UI
  • font-replacement
  • twitter / facebook feeds
  • topspin-driven music store
_link
thegregorybrothers.com
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home page
property page
_what
website for the brooklyn-based real estate brokers, BH TAL
_how
BH TAL wanted an affordable, wordpress-based website with an elegant design and seamless integration of the local MLS (multiple listing service). the resulting site is one of our most complex wordpress adaptations to date. 
_features
  • property search with MLS / google maps integration
  • agent-press wordpress theme adaptation
  • live search
  • walkability integration
  • multiple agent functionality
_link
bhtalrealestate.com
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album slash page
offer page
poster page
source code
data capture page
_what
website for the tron legacy soundtrack by daft punk
_how
understanding that we were enormous fans of the original film and the forthcoming sequel, our new collaborators topspin, asked us to create a site gather emails for the forthcoming soundtrack release. given the soundtrack has been created by daft punk, we knew the site would get a vast response online from music geeks to film buffs alike. as such, we took full advantage of some of the latest web technologies (with help from mr. doob) and produced a site that works on iphones, ipads as well as regular machines. the end result is a very streamlined data collection / e-commerce site with many secrets (for those fans that love secrets as much as we do).
_features
  • html5 / javascript UI
  • keyboard input based triggers
  • ascii art source code
  • topspin E4M integration
_link
versionindustries.com/archive/tron
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loader
part 1
part 2
_what
teaser site for the feature film, beyond apollo
_how
michael grodner approached us to produce a teaser site for his forthcoming feature film debut. he wanted a site that would create a buzz but also act as a way of helping him raise funds to get the film made. armed only with a script and some old NASA stock footage we wrote a short 'shooting script' of ideas. we developed four main stages to the site of which michael went with the two he felt were the least revealing and most enticing. the end result is a short but sweet curiosity of a site that gives sneaks script fragments at you and hints at the strange psychology of the film.
_features
  • original music
  • original sound effects
  • original dialogue
  • flash user interface
_link
beyondapollo.com
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home page
_what
revamped website for the nashville-based band, the protomen
_how
the protomen are on the eve of the release of their new album, act 2. recruiting the powerful drawing abilities of john delucca, we created an open-ended flash website that would allow us to introduce as much exciting new content as we liked, during the build-up to the album's release.
_features
  • full-screen flash interface
  • original music by the protomen
  • original hand-drawn graphics by john delucca
  • new protomen logo
  • countdown clock
_link
theprotomen.com
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home page
lead actors page
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informational website for the forthcoming feature film, HERE.
_how
director braden king contacted us with an interest in providing a very straightforward, clean and organized source of information about his forthcoming feature film production. we suggested customizing the wordpress.org source code and the result is a search engine friendly, easy to update, cross-platform compatible website.
_features
  • 'resuming' mp3 player with 'eject' mechanism
  • custom contact form
  • custom javascript menu
_link
herefilm.info
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videos page
karma chameleon
_what
website for the miami-based fashion house, house of jackie brown
_how
jackie & emily wanted a site that would showcase their late 80s / early 90s influenced new swimwear line, electric couture. given carte blanche to do anything we wanted with the site we set about creating a eleven aesthetic variations all based around this iconic time period. we then wrote music and treated our visuals in a way that made them feel as if they had been salvaged from that era - fades, creases, crackles and all.
_features
  • late 80s / early 90s aesthetic
  • full-screen flash interface
  • original music
_link
houseofjackiebrown.com/electric_couture
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band page
discography page
_what
fan-site for the los angeles-based, rock band, deadsy
_how
born out of our enjoyment of deadsy's music, deadsy.tv was a side project of ours that gave us a chance to experiment with some older technologies we'd used for the thomasnewbolt.com website. it was the band's new 'tv test signal' logo that primarily inspired the project and lead us to choose the .tv domain. the idea was basically that your computer was intercepting a fairly weak but yet prevailent pirate signal from the band. the end result was a site that deadsy fans the world round have applauded and that also lead to us helping out with deadsy's own website deadsy.com and the band's myspace pages.
_features
  • full motion video flash intro
  • flash driven navigation system
  • basic, menu based user interface
  • easy to update database-driven site filing system
  • random background music selector
  • full-screen music video playback
_link
deadsy.tv
_awards
'original' DOPE award
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intro
exclusives
_what
site for the new-york-based property broker, michael bolla.
_how
this has been one of our more long-form projects & much like thomasnewbolt.com it has really tested our abilities on a number of new design fronts. the brief was to translate into website form everything that michael bolla & his company luxury lofts & homes have come to stand for during their 15 year existence. michael showed us the kind of sites he was into & we ultimately chose to design the site in flash in order to capture the company's very personal & non-corporate approach. furthermore his passion for yoga, beautiful spaces & subtle, elegant design have all come to the fore on this project in a manner that's translated very well into some satisfying web design. much like the stationery set we designed for him, this site has a lightness, grace & elegance that contrasts well with the world of luxury realty.
_features
  • full screen flash technology
  • flash driven GUI
  • streaming mp3 audio
  • coordinate driven property location mapping system
  • mailing list
  • contact form
  • database driven content with html & php driven backend
  • vector graphics video based introduction
_link
michaelbolla.com
_awards
gold medal in the july 2005 american design awards
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painting view
sketchbook
_what
site for the cambridge-based artist thomas newbolt.
_how
thomas called with some ideas for a site that offered us the opportunity to produce something that would showcase his life's work beyond any typical website limitations. for his online debut he said he didn't care for slow connections or primitive computer technology; the people he wanted to see his work wouldn't have them anyway & they had to be impressed.
_features
  • flash-driven, intuitive site navigation
  • system sound effects & a classical soundtrack
  • site enhancements for faster connections
  • database-driven site filing system
  • still & moving artwork viewing mechanism
  • 'sketchbook' guestbook.
  • video clip pop-ups & 2 full short-films
  • random article quoting mechanism
  • multiple site backdrops
  • contact form
_link
thomasnewbolt.com
_awards
gold medal in the november 2003 american design awards 
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