Famous design firm website whose website is suited for someone (or many someones) that have a large body of work. I really like how the work is tagged and categorized so a potential client can see what they’ve done that could be related to the project they have in mind.
Leila is an old acquaintance of mine and I looked her up recently to see what she was up to. I really liked her very simple website, clean nav, and focus on her work. The reason why I linked directly to her bio was because I like how she organized her experience.
Darren booth is a multimedia illustrator. I love the organized tiles and how they emphasize the precision and lushness of his work. I also like that his logo is his signature (legible, appropriate for an illustrator), and it’s also a nice a simple, clean website. The way the tiles animate when the page first loads is also delightful.
SpaceJunk is a crazy media firm located in Columbus. I only know about them because a good friend of mine is a part of their team, but they have clients like Magic: The Gathering and Jack Daniels. I love how punchy their nav is.. kind of obnoxious, but in a good way because they are kind of obnoxious. I also like the way they organize their work but I wish the content swapped out with the featured content, it would be more intuitive.
Charlie Wagers is a print designer and creates screen printed posters and t-shirts for locally and nationally famous bands. The design of the website mimics the look and feel of his work like Pentagram, I like the way his work is categorized. I wish it was mobile friendly though!
Alice Gao is a photographer and she produces clean, dramatic photos filled with light and shadow for clients. I like her splash with her randomized featured work and categorization. As someone that plans to dabble in web design, illustration and regular ol’ design, categorization is important to me.
Colorful and simple, smooth nav and I like the popups over the work thumbnails with brief descriptions of what it’s about.
Past research for my own personal website.
I really enjoyed these personal/portfolio sites. Some of the elements in a few may not be terribly practical, but I am drawn to sites that incorporate a bit of fun.
So my first site out of Web 1 is completed and is published here. I was up finishing it… a while. But I am satisfied with how it turned out.
I ended up making quite a few minor changes in the layout of some of the information. Dropped all of the text clutter that was in the header down to the footer, and tried to make the site as immediately readable as possible.
The biggest thing that I am at least mildly proud about is getting that dropdown menu to work, which was super tricky. It just did not want to behave for me. And while the dropdown doesn’t look exactly how I imagined in the idealized photoshop mockup, I’m still feeling pretty good about it. And it anchors to the different menu categories, which could be useful for a bigger menu.
I learned a lot. Used a lot of stuff I already knew but tried to integrate some new stuff as well..
…besides how to make an image slider out of pure css/html. Didn’t want to go down that road so it’s a faux slider place holder. Good enough.