It's actually difficult (for me at least) to understand what the conference actually is all about.
Same. It seems like one of those sites where the designer wanted to design it like that before s/he had heard the brief. Mixed messages yo.
Yep you're right, Laracon is the conference for Laravel, the PHP framework (laravel.com). It sells out every year in about 90 seconds, so to some degree it doesn't matter what it looks like, it's just a resource for those already planning to go (e.g. list of speakers and a schedule). That's why I was able to do something different without worrying it would "work".
Fair enough then.
Worst answer ever! A website like this should not be only for "those who already know"... it should onboard new people (even though they won't have time to buy tickets, which is very sad but another subject), otherwise you are creating a shitty community of people with knowledge, how about students? people learning about Laraval? how are they supposed to grow in this community if you are excluding them?...
Can i ask how old are you guys? Because everybody born in the 80s will love this, so.
I see it that way. There is something to discover, i guess everyone who is interessted in this conference will digg deep into this website, so i like the fact that it got that deepness, resembles point click adventure to me.
Why would everybody born in the 80s love this (btw: the designer says he focused on the early 90s while designing this)? I'm an early 90s child and I grew up with mostly 80s content.. but I'd honestly prefer a site that doesn't require discovering... I also don't see the relationship between the early 90s and Laravel but that might just be me (is it because of the venue?).
It's just for fun. A lot of people love it. A few don't get it at all. The conf will sell out no matter, so there's no harm in doing some different here. That's all there is to it!
It's true art, I love it!
If you want to make art, make art, not a community/useful website!
That's your opinion. I find it very useful, and I'm sure many others do too. This overly sensitive gatekeeping view on design is why all websites look the same now.
Nope. Sorry. Try Again. This site is very successful at both being art and useful.
For some reason I enjoy the footer the most.
Love this, thanks for linking!
I honestly think this is more reminiscent of early 90's graphics in games, moreso than 80's. Especially with the pixelated photos and the NES/SNES style animations... though even the original NES didn't really have many games with graphics as detailed as this.
Still though. I dig it.
Yes, I was very focused on early 90s on this one. Games like Doom, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Space Quest are all part of the inspiration and details from those games are tucked away in the design here and there.
Just needs more leisure suite larry
100%. this is totally SNES/Genesis era.
Yep, this is definitely 16-bit/90s.
I second this comment. Even though it's actually 90's painted in magenta, I like it.
Cool site! And yeah, Laracon really is one of those events where the website doesn't have to have simple navigation or perfectly descriptive copy; the audience are already aware of the event, and people may already get the big details from Twitter/Email newsletter.
Perfect opportunity to have fun with the website IMO. I miss these types of "creative" designs, as the web today feels restricted to "business" designs and CMS templates.
It's nice to see a "fun" site every once in a while.
If you rely on people using other media (twitter, newsletter) instead of the main website, you are doing it wrong, or then why even bother spending so much time on a website? just use eventbrite or any ticketing service and you are done
A website can be fun, but the fun must no go against readability and usability. Here is the perfect example of how to fail on those, even though the fun is cool.
The design for conference sites is usually pretty bland and formulaic.
Really like what Jack McDade did with this one. Super fun. (And, as a child of the 80's, I really dig all the NES references)