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Souped-up: Scott Libby Heming is getting a taste of the high life with the current fad for soup in the capital. The London design group has designed a website, built by Web consultancy Axford, for soup restaurant Soup Works which enables users to order liquid lunches on-line. Site designer Sarah Perry says: ‘It came about because we’d done the logo and graphics work for the company. As the first website we’d done, the main challenge was working outside the boundaries of colour and picture usage and still being able to come out with something creative at the end of it.’ See the results at www.soupworks.co.uk

Talking about a revolution: AMX Studios has been shortlisted for a Best Use of CD-ROM award in this year’s Revolution Awards for its work on the Spice Girls enhanced CD, while Hyperlink reaps a nomination in the Best Use of Interactive kiosks for its Waterstone’s customer kiosk (DW 22 January). Neither will have to wait too long for results, which will be announced on Tuesday. Meanwhile, AMX Studios has developed the new Britvic-owned Pepsi site (www.pepsi.co.uk) which is being marketed as a music portal, with content including music, a news service and a music Web search facility through its portal provider Lycos.

Jazz on the Web: Stephen Donald Architects, designer of Subterania, the London and Dublin Mean Fiddlers and central London’s Point 101, has unveiled a new site for Mean Fiddler group venue The Jazz Café. The site has a direct link to Ticketmaster, enabling users to listen to sound clips of featured artists before booking tickets on-line. SDA, which last year designed the websites for the Reading and Phoenix festivals, won a two-way pitch against Cog Design, which designs flyers for the music promoter. Stephen Donald says of the site: ‘Because the real Jazz Café (also designed by the practice) plays to close-to-capacity audiences every night, we’re hoping the site might develop to a point where we can webcast sold-out shows to a subscription-audience on-line.’

Setting a new precedent: Boots has launched a new corporate site designed by Wolff Olins multimedia offshoot Precedent, which won the job in a four-way pitch. Since its inception in 1989, Precedent has worked on projects for British Steel, London’s Science Museum and the British Red Cross, and last year redesigned the Abbey National website. The Boots site (www.boots-plc.co.uk) is targeted at investors and shareholders in the firm’s various companies, including Halfords and Boots the Chemists, whose own commercial site was designed by Online Magic.

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