Viacom’s MTV Artists platform connects a massive artist database with a variety of applications built for global brands including MTV, VH1, CMT, and BET, as well as event brands like the VMAs. The data that lives in the Artists platform represents the latest releases, music videos, live performances, photos, and artist-specific content. The tool houses data from everyone from your favorite recently-signed local band to Beyoncé.
Happy Cog’s charge was to redesign the application user experience ensuring that a variety of users can update their artist information easily, from any device at any time. This means an indie band manager needs to be able to record a performance at a bar on her iPhone, then painlessly upload that clip to her band’s MTV Artists profile on the same small screen, likely from the road on spotty connection speeds. This also means that Viacom’s premium record label partners need to be able to manage hundreds of signed artists frictionlessly.