Year in Review 2014


Year in Review

View Spotify’s Year in Music. See what everyone was listening to in 2014 and get your own personalized Year in Music to share. In 2014 we couldn’t stop playing. From the bangers that made the world dance, to ballads that captured a moment — let’s look back, celebrate, and then play it forward.



In 2014, Spotify compiled data from over 50 million users to reveal the most popular musical artists of the year. Additionally, the music streaming service captured listeners’ connections between songs from their playlist history and moments experienced throughout the same year.

The result

Spotify Year in Music

Video supplied from award submission

Top Female Artist

Katy Perry

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Top Female Artist

Top 5

  • 1

    Katy Perry

  • 2

    Ariana Grande

  • 3

    Lana Del Ray

  • 4


  • 5




The data and design supplied many types of information for the year in music. Tiles like this were used to show the featured category and flipped to reveal more information.


Scroll Jacking

During the R&D stage of the project, the team wanted to see how the site could behave as single slides. After building out this prototype we discovered it would be best to allow the user control of scrolling.

Launch prototype

The Tech

Loading up the toolbox

There was a wide variety of technology used for this project. Angular was used for the framework, Node.js to compile the user’s sharable content, Handlebars for templating sections.

The Team

Group Creative Director — Alex Bodman
Creative Director — Diego Aguilar
Art Direction, Design & UX — Thomas Dudon
Copywriter — Hunter Simms
Dev — Chad Drobish
UX — Talia Fisher


The One Show
Gold Pencil

The Webby Awards
People’s Voice Winner
Best Visual Design – Aesthetic – Nominee, Honoree

The Clio Awards
Music, Digital/Social – Silver
Music, Innovative – Bronze

Best Global Campaign – Winner

OMMA Awards
Online Advertising Creativity: Viral Campaign
Web Site Excellence: Entertainment

Site of the Day

Site of the Day

CSS Awards
Site of the Day

Creative Review Annual 2015

Race Your Heart Out


Race Your Heart Out

An award-winning digital and social campaign for Acura’s winter sales event.


Razorfish meet Acura

Acura teamed up with Razorfish to reinvent a holiday tradition and launch the first ever, multi-broadcast social event, allowing a new audience to experience the exhilaration of driving an Acura TLX on Periscope.

Tapping into the holiday nostalgia of the Gen X and Millennial demographics, Acura drove awareness of its Winter Sales Event by complementing the “Oh What Fun it is to Drive” TV spot and drawing on the emotional connection to the classic slot cars holiday gift.


Race Your Heart Out — The First-Ever Periscope Powered Race

A socially driven live slot car race powered by Twitter’s Periscope.

Participants of the live event controlled acceleration remotely with their smart phones by pressing the Periscope “heart” button to power the racing Acura TLXs around the track. Ryan Eversley, Acura factory racecar driver, served as part of the event’s commentary team and, in spirit of the holidays, Acura donated race winnings to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.


And how it was done…

With a bit of smoke and mirrors, I created a web app with and an express server that would communicate to the web overlays what should be viewed. For example, should the HUD be on or off for Car A? When a race is over show the leader board on both cars. Update all the HUD display properties: hearts per hour, number of laps made, elapsed time, etc. The web browser would capture the video of the car, and a device would capture the screen (in this case a MBP) and stream that composite to Periscope!

The Tech

Loading up the toolbox

Since there was no need to support multiple browsers, I recommended chrome. was used to communicate to the apps. On the server-side, NodeJS and Express were used. SCSS was used for styling up the huds and HTML5 for grabbing the video from the computer.

Discovery & Pride

One thing the team and I knew we had to account for was the number of hearts being clicked for speed. Creating real-time averages of hearts per X time and then using that as the basis for speed. There were a few times the car went from zero to superspeed resulting in flying of the track! Even planning for this was a challenge when working with real-time data.


One of my all time favorite projects. Short timeline, a few smart folks, a one-off, arduino, helping a charity – A dream project.
This project was very well received.

Increase in engagement


Hearts per hour




The purse for each race was worth a $500 donation to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Two hours and twenty races later, we had generated over 120,000 hearts and raised $10,000. In total, users watched 75 hours worth of races and Acura branded content increasing Acura’s engagement on Periscope by 190%.


2016 Cannes Lions
Silver Lion – Mobile

2016 Smarties Awards
Gold – Gold > Marketing within a Mobile Gaming Environment

2016 National Addy Awards
Gold – Social Media

2016 National Addy Awards
Silver – Online/Interactive

2016 One Show Awards
Merit – Mobile > Branded Games
Merit – Mobile > Durable Goods
Merit – Social Media

2016 Webby Awards
Honoree – Experimental & Innovation
Honoree – Best Use of Mobile Media
Honoree – Best Use of Video

2016 Shorty Awards
Finalist – Emerging Platform