Tuesday, 11 January 2011

What Is Design For Screen?: Websites.

Danny Brito's updated website.
Danny is an American fine artists/illustrator who creates fantastical, colourful and magical portraits- not to mention rather wonderful website headers.
Danny's web header and logo really reflect both his work and his personality- with rainbow hyperlinks to further information, portfolio work and projects, etc.

I really like the unusual typeface that Danny uses for his logo- and this really effectively communicates the sort of work you can expect- a great example of graphic design, whereupon the audience feel instantly aware of the purpose or style

Richard Talbot- art, drawings, sculpture, writing.

Whilst Richard Talbot's website is clear, and easy to navigate, I sadly cannot find many other redeeming features. Whereas the silvery-grey pallette is surely easy on the eye, and not in any way illegible in terms of font, the page is simply dull and dry- both Richard Talbot and his work are clearly sophisticated, educated and well-established, however, I do not think that this site represents that well, and could certainly benefit from further visual aides and either a higher contrast of monochromatic tones or a splash of colour for vibrancy.
As aforementioned, although it is clear, navigates well, and communicates his portfolio of work, the viewer's interest would undoubtedly be sustained with the help of the points above.

I really love Lissy Elle's website. I originally sourced it through curiosity after following her online photographic blog with my admiration, and loved how expressive the simple yet very effective design- perfectly balancing the technical mastery and modernism, with the child-like fantastical imagery in her work.
Aswell as easy nagivation through hyperlinks in bold reversed-out text at the top of the page, my particular favourite element of the website is the top header bar- which reads 'LISSY ELLE' (see image above) in animated stars- turning from a cream to a yellow ochre tone- a really playful and creative design- i'd love to find out how to do something like this myself!

Pointed in the direction of Tim Burton's website by a friend at University, I have been really inspired by the creativity and characters that Burton uses to interactively guide the audience through his online portfolio.
The viewer acts as 'Stain Boy' (a character from Burton's acclaimed poetry novel 'The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories')- controlling the small super-hero like character around the site using the arrow keys on your keyboard- walking through doors, climbing stairs, trapsing through galleries.

Really fun interaction, and the style is quintessentially Burton- monochromatic, sketchy, eerie and more than a bit out-of-the-ordinary, you would instantly know that this was his work- a sign of a great artist or designer. 

Already a huge fan of Mr Yen (aka, Jonathan Chapman)'s work- his style sucessfully translated through to his website- with clean and crisp lines, in a bold black and white, which reflects his papercrafts work. Although flash animations and bright hyperlinks are, undeniably lively and fun, I always find myself favouring the more subtle impact of monochromatic tones- and I feel that Mr Yen portrays this very well- any more would could potentially take away the impact from his delicately crafted designs.
I love this interactive icon on the homepage of artist kelly thompson's homepage of her website- transforming with subtle curves from 'kelly' to 'hello'. I really like how the flow of her typography reflects her natural and organic lines in her work, with natural feminine colours (as shown by the circle on the vector).

The Australian women's magazine 'Frankie' is another wonderful examples of great visual communication and design translated through both screen and print with great consistency and continuity in styles and layout.
The soft colours and light grey text are really appropraite for the feminine style, and the header bar is co-ordinated in a grid- like pattern, styled enough to be legible, but with enough variation to achieve the homley, hand-made collaged appearance that the magazine, and it's website style themselves upon.

Gemma Correll's illustrative website homepage is full of life, playfullness, and her own quirky style- again, a great example of introducing the viewer to your work before they even have chance to view your online portfolio.
On this page Gemma uses the colour and tone palette that she uses throughout her diary series- a grayscale of white to black, and the occasional burst of red- as a fan prior to viewing her website, i appreciate the link between her work and this homepage, though i feel new viewers may not be as captivated with her work as they could be- with a great deal of her portfolio in bright and pastel tones, using these colours on the introductory page may be more appealing and attention grabbing, tempting viewers to delve further into her work.

I can't believe I haven't seen this site sooner! The Design Agency, Music, in Manchester, reknowned for their innovative, creative and highly-desirable work show no signs of holding back in regards to their promotions and online gallery  (portfolio, awards, etc.). I really love the unconventional layout of the page- the left-aligned text of which you have to scroll down the entire page to see fully, and the negative space around it- really clean, modern design.
The images on the site can be found from scrolling through the webpage both vertically and horizontally- despite their being such a vast collection of work and show, this method of structured layout keeps it looking spacious enough, with all of the wonderful designs they have for the viewer to delight upon!

A really simple, clear website design- easy to read and navigate and consistent tones and colour palette used throughout don't detract any attention away from the bright, exciting design from Mark Howe's online portfolio.
Although a very small feature, I really like the way that grid stock-like paper is used as the web background- a style I've never seen on any design websites before but a really unique touch- adding interest to an otherwise quite neutral and sparse page.

I love Julia Fullerton-Batten's website- a really elegant and simple exhibition of her work online in beautiful photographic imagery- again, like many contemporary websites- good use of colour through hyperlinks- the orange is bold and bright whilst the thin, small point size of the text doesn't detract from her work.

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