Did you know that Blackthorn Design actually designed the first official Usain Bolt website?
After we had done a range of promotional products around the GAA in the lead up to the 2008 All Ireland Final, including downloadable caricature masks of various Tyrone County Footballers, an interactive online game and popular website called takeyourpoints.com, we contacted sporting PR companies across Ireland and the UK with all the statistics on the site plus all the publicity that it had generated.
We got a wide range of design work for professional Rugby players, for professional Golfers and then we received a call from a Donegal native, who was based in London and was agent for an up and coming athlete called Usain Bolt.
We undertook the job and launched the website! The rest is history!
During Usains meteoric rise to fame however it was decided that it would be better for a Jamaican team to manage his web presence, therefore we handed over all web files later that year.
Not before we received a few autographed postcards and an actual baseball hat that Usain had worn and had also autographed- (which we later donated this to a local fundraising run as a prize).
Blackthorns Claim to fame!
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