the site does a great job of showcasing their haircuts.
No examples of work? Not sure if an uber photo shoot will land you clients.
This is a brand new agency. I don't think they have much work to show as an agency. I am excited to see their future work.
A lot of small studios solve for this by showing the individual studio members' work in their initial portfolios. Pretty common.
True - they could've easily thrown in a 'About Us' or 'Previous work' section even with some descriptions of the clients.
I found that photo unsettling. I'm into big portraits of teams but this one is detached and unwelcoming.
It kind of makes me... hate them.
My thoughts, in order, when I went to the site:
1) That photo is super awkward
2) I love that typeface and the typography is really well-done
3) I really dig the color scheme
4) Too many words, not enough (any) work samples
I really like what they did with it (sans creepy picture) and I'm hoping that they get some work samples up soon to round it out.
The photo does fit in with the 'vibe' of the website though. There are a lot of people using portraits to sell themselves as designers (some to great success), so I can understand the motivation behind such a decision.
That typeface is lovely and I've added it to my wish list even though I'm not sure whether it works as body copy.
Dang guys, really nice to see the design community posting some thoughtful critique.
For real though—what is this, high school? Grow up.
Oh, get over it.
Alex go eat rocks
Don't worry. I'm sure someone's working on a Medium article right now.
That's a great yellow.
You can't say stuff like "Our intention is to provide value" and expect to be taken seriously.
You obviously have the design skills to do awesome thing, now just relax a bit and take yourselves a bit less seriously (and hire a copywriter).
My thoughts exactly. "We formulate confident design solutions" is awkward, sounds like the guys are trying too much to be "serious" so that they would attract "serious" business. They're telling instead of showing, and their words create an effect just the opposite of what they were trying to achieve. The copy is too much "me me me" and not enough about the clients.
The photo is kinda cute, I like them (maybe that's because I'm such a fan of the band "Hurts") but my unsolicited advice to the guys from Course would be to work some more on copywriting. Loosen up a bit. Words make a brand as much as visuals do.
Pretty bland, no work and boring colors and type. Would not hire.
That photo is incredibly awkward
This photo gets Kraftwerk stuck in my head ;)
♫ We are the robots ♫
This is a joke right? It's not April 1st, but why not?
reminds me a little of http://bergerfohr.com/profile/
...not the work, mostly the haircuts...
It's easy for everyone here to throw in a few criticisms but an agency site doesn't necessarily have a rule book to follow.
Yes, personally I'd like to see more examples of their craft - like mini dribbble shot-esque images and the 'Teehan+Lax' inspired awkward photo is a little void of personality (but I assume that's the intention).
There's nothing wrong with going for the 'mysterious' approach and not giving too much away - it works for a lot of agencies, but here we see a lot of descriptive 'we do this and that' copy sat alongside a minimal, mysterious visual style. You've got to be prepared to back up what you're preaching.
Remember that us folks in the design community aren't the target audience. We'd need to know more about the clients and work these fellas are shooting for to offer more useful critique.
I'm sure that portfolio images will soon follow and I'd love to see more photography - but what we have here is a lovely, swiss design inspired approach that I'll keep my eye on...
Lack of work puts A LOT of impetus on the copy.
And the copy sucks.
"We want to make really great work for you" — run through the thesaurus engine — "We formulate confident design solutions to help brands develop their vision"
Why don't you link to your own work, I had to grab your names and search dribbble to see your work, will clients do that? You guys are obviously skilled and you've got good work to display. So do that, and stray away from the pishy copy.
It appears to be the same person, only rotated.
They should complete that thought - animate a 360 view of each of them spinning in place. Get the full effect.
Hey Course folks: quick typo:
"In a world satiated with clutter" --- ahh assuming you meant "saturated" right?
Not like: "In a world that has eaten well and is now satisfied with clutter".
My two cents on the site: I think the photo is fine; but if you want to go after the text only approach to explain your ethos (which I think can have some validity) its got to be super short and sharp. If you could capture what you're about in like 35 words; I think you could make a stronger visual impression.
That's my point-oh-two-cents. Good luck with the new studio!
I like it and I can definitely see some content being added as they work with clients. Usability-wise, I expect some sort of music to play because it feels like a band page. In addition and a final note, you'll have no idea what they are about if you don't scroll, but what will make you scroll?
I like the color, typography of the site. The lack of work makes the site not very engaging. I don't know of any client who hires people without seeing their work. Also, that photo is kind of awkward.
Plenty of people will hire you without seeing your work if you know how to communicate. I feel like people are giving it a pretty hard time considering its a 'new' agency and they probably don't have any work to show.
That might be true. I know that when I hire people, I like to see what they've done and who they've worked with. It would be difficult for me to hire someone without seeing what they've done. But, to your point, if they could communicate their ideas to me clearly and concisely, I would probably listen. I think portfolio images are a shortcut that helps facilitate that conversation.
I like it.
A smile and few works would make the difference, at least they tried something.
OH NOES THEY'VE PERFECTED CLONING.
B&F Clone but without the work.
That’s what I thought, too. I would’ve made the connection even if they weren’t from Colorado.
Whoa! Love their photos and their space!
They made a mark that looks similar to the AirBNB logo: http://www.bumsies.org
Really sick work though, I wonder what their space costs for rent...
Did they hide the up scroll nav in iOS? Is that possible?
meta = "minimal-ui" ?