I have a hard time with these designs that just toss a bunch of content into a sort of "random stream" grid.
"Here's a portfolio piece, then an instagram post, then that article we were in, now another portfolio piece, and how about an event." And as if having it all jumbled together wasn't difficult enough, there isn't any reliable way to tell what each piece is without clicking on it. Everything is perfectly out of context.
I'm all for being different and weird, but this feels negligent. Like there wasn't any effort put into establishing a hierarchy and content structure. "We have all of this different content that we want to show and we can't bear to prioritize it, so let's just toss it all into a weird looking grid and call it a day."
In all fairness, the Project Archive does help to solve for this, though "archive" implies old and I probably wouldn't click on it.
I had a similar experience. you never really know what to click on first... and same with the archive. Until you mentioned it I thought it was just older posts
I like it a lot also -- pushes back against the regimented scientific data-driven corridor, requires a bit of curiosity and some sense of joy when confronted with the unusual. Many many sites like this could actually make the internet interesting once again.
Many many sites like this could actually make the internet interesting once again.
With that, perhaps we could justify resurrecting the WaSP as well. I'm all for creativity and interesting designs, but I also remember when the web had no standards and decisions were based purely off of opinion or what "looked cool", as opposed to what was usable or desirable. The web wasn't a very open or accessible place and a lot of smart people fought to change that.
For all of the flack that usability and design standards get around here, it's honestly people like us that benefit from them the most. It's what has allowed the web to be opened up to the world and used by anyone, regardless of age, nationality, etc. We should remember that some standards do exist for good reason and not just to limit our personal creativity.
All cars have doors and steering wheels, but I don't see many industrial designers complaining about sameness because of that.
And personally, I found the introduction of data informed design to be more refreshing and empowering than anything else. It cut out the political bullshit and misguided opinion wars, and gave a collective voice to the user.
If the only way we can make the web interesting again is to also render it unusable, then I don't know if we're very good at what we do.
I think that having standards is fundamental. Without standards it would be very hard to spot innovative designers in the crowd.
Let's go crazy.
It's a very nice portfolio site that showcases the studio's work in an artful and quirky presentation. Important to bear in mind when talking about "standards"etc. — this is the internet, not Soviet Russia. :) Just because you have a differing opinion doesn't mean this is bad at all. For being so minimal in presentation it has a ton of voice and some very nice interactions that give it that extra quirk you'd expect from an accomplished design firm. Well done.
My favourite part was how the images still hadn't loaded after several seconds, letting me know it was okay to close the tab.
Absolutely love this. However if there was some sort of structure to the content, it would make so much more sense. "Work" "Articles" etc.
This is really, really cool... literally one of the best studio/agency sites I've seen in the last year. Worth noting/sharing Mono Mono as well.
Really? "literally one of the best studio/agency sites"
This is up there with one of the worst in my opinion - so unintuitive and bland.
All subjective I suppose eh? :) ...but yes, seriously, I would honestly say the opposite. Feels organic and interesting. Tons of personality too.
I really don't like that font...
Bizarre. I was in D'mongos a few hours ago and looked over to see that Grand Circus cover with Larry on it. Now here I am...
I like it, mostly, but what I love is the speed.
A friend of mine has this identity and website for a while now: http://other.ro
Very niice book. Cool site. Love seeing graphic design work posted here.