24 comments

  • Steven CavinsSteven Cavins, 12 months ago

    It's actually difficult (for me at least) to understand what the conference actually is all about.

    13 points
    • Account deleted 12 months ago

      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.

      3 points
      • Jack McDade, 12 months ago

        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".

        2 points
        • Account deleted 12 months ago

          Fair enough then.

          1 point
        • Greg O, 12 months ago

          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?...

          -3 points
    • Jan SemlerJan Semler, 12 months ago

      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.

      Just guessing.

      -2 points
      • Joey Prijs, 12 months ago

        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?).

        0 points
        • Jack McDade, 12 months ago

          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!

          0 points
          • Mitch WarrenMitch Warren, 12 months ago

            It's true art, I love it!

            0 points
            • Greg O, 12 months ago

              If you want to make art, make art, not a community/useful website!

              -3 points
              • Mitch WarrenMitch Warren, 12 months ago

                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.

                1 point
              • Mike MeulsteeMike Meulstee, 12 months ago

                Nope. Sorry. Try Again. This site is very successful at both being art and useful.

                0 points
  • Scott ThomasScott Thomas, 12 months ago

    For some reason I enjoy the footer the most.

    Man Vacuuming

    3 points
  • Jan SemlerJan Semler, 12 months ago

    Cyberpunk is always a good choice and retro games imho.

    What about this:

    The last Night Trailer

    Making of

    2 points
  • Aaron Wears Many HatsAaron Wears Many Hats, 12 months ago

    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.

    2 points
    • Jack McDade, 12 months ago

      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.

      3 points
    • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 12 months ago

      100%. this is totally SNES/Genesis era.

      3 points
    • Michael G, 12 months ago

      Yep, this is definitely 16-bit/90s.

      2 points
    • Account deleted 12 months ago

      I second this comment. Even though it's actually 90's painted in magenta, I like it.

      2 points
  • Personable Man, 12 months ago

    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.

    1 point
    • Greg O, 12 months ago

      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.

      -1 points
  • Justin Jackson, 12 months ago

    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)

    1 point