UnmatchedStyle Gallery Websites
Last updated 9 years ago
Rally Interactive - I love just about everything there is about the Rally website. The main “hero” area, not sure what to call this area anymore really, is super dope. The “ribbon” graphic is very nicely executed, even when you scale the screen down the ribbon stays relevant. I love how the section to section transitions work both technically and content organization wise. Such a smart fresh site.
Writizmo - I like how Writizmo went with their main content in the hero area. The marketing messages / feature lists that a lot of web apps use are normally in a long scroll below the fold, or in a rotating barrage / slideshow that no one really looks at…( just sayin’). Get to the point, let people know that you know what they want (kudos). Besides that, the flat illustrations / cartoons are cool touch too – and a lot of them.
Tony Trancard - It took me a minute to get into Tony Trancard’s portfolio site (out of France), because it was a little deceiving at first. The large image with the mostly text and gray below threw me off. But then I remembered that there was vertical navigation, and anyone that uses vertical navigation on their portfolio site is willing to be a little more experimental than other designers. – keep your clients happy with great, solid work – and have some fun with your own stuff.
Bloomberg - There’s already been so much praise and controversy over this new site design since it launched earlier this week. All of it has a lot to do with perspective probably – if you’re more from the financial world (Bloomberg’s customer base), you’re probably a little freaked out. (Kind of like the new BMW commercial with Katie Couric and Bryant Gumble about Internet)
Paul vl - Good portfolio site from Paul VL out of Greece. Like the large fonts with white type on a different color palette than everyone else is using right now. Wish the work detail pieces were more than just a pop-up so you could see a little more of the quality of his work – but like the one-page site over all.
Avocare Avocado Oil
Avocare Avocado Oil - I’ve been actually eating healthier this new year, and keeping in tune with foods and products that fit into more of a “Paleo” lifestyle. Avocare Avocado Oil fits that for me (healthy fat) – must learn more about it for personal use. Professionally, I’m looking at the site for design and business choices – and I like it. Food related sites should be vibrant in both the color choices and imagery, in order to fire the synapses in your brain that make you hungry.
Creative Designs - Man that site is shiny, and twinkly. I like how Kurzik, out of the Ukraine has amped up the look and feel of their site with dark backgrounds and bright highlights. And I swear the video background is responding to me / my mouse – I know it’s not.. but it’s a cool effect.
Maecia - Go ahead – click the hamburger icon… didn’t expect that did you? Maecia, out of Paris has a great site that combines old and new, from the 1800’s industrial line art to the animated svgs and video backgrounds and motion when you’re not expecting it. The menu coming from the hamburger is a good parallel to the trend of using the home page as navigation (and mouse over the middle Maecia / Welcome button for some added video background).
Kevin Haag – Portfolio
Kevin Haag – Portfolio - Yep – it’s good. Kevin Haag is out of Los Angeles, and his portfolio site is out of site. The opening animation / parallax that happens on scroll is pretty awesome. There are some sites that I feel that should have a soundtrack or background music (in your head), and I had a House of Pain / Beastie Boys vibe after that intro (Jump Around or Intergalactic – yep, those are in your head now for the rest of the day).
Designers Up North
Designers Up North - Like these folks, their energy, and philosophy: “The only thing we take seriously is your work. We are a collective of creative freelance professionals.” And their work is good. Their site scrolls down easily, with subtle fly-ins to help punctuate the copy. It’s bright and sleek (and has good information architecture that set up well for SEO and Social).
ElasticBox - What you haven’t done is to take your prospective client / user, and given them a clear path that explicitly states: This our app, this is what it does, this is how it helps you. You may have told them that, but if you take the option like ElasticBox, you could actually show them that. So if a picture is worth a thousand words, then pictures being animated to drive a customer to make a more informed decision is worth, what, a thousand dollars or more?
Pedro Gaspar - Maybe it’s because a lot of Pedor Gaspar’s work has something to do with fast cars, but this designer / art director out of Portugal’s portfolio site is sleek and shiny! Make sure you check out the Work detail pages, really has some kick (and good strategy and design too).
James Madson - Good and “quick” portfolio site from James Madson from Arizona. Again, like the Home page used as the navigation to the portfolio part. Then a simple “left/right” to move between Work detail pages, and his logo to get back to the home page. I know it’s a small site – but it’s good UX.
Wingmen Ltd - I like Wingmen’s site (out of Helsinki, Finland) because it’s simple, direct, uses that home page as nav, but also finds a good, quick way to get you back to the nav / or next section when you’re done reading the “page” you’re on. The fact that the way back to the nav changes from corner to corner, might be a little confusing, but the animation of the circle, to quarter circle should clue a user into that “click here” moment
A Spacecraft for All
A Spacecraft for All - This Google Chrome experiment by Active Theory @active_theory has won numerous awards in 2014. And we’re uber excited to have one of their awesome front-end devs coming to speak at ConvergeSE this year. Rachel Smith @rachsmithtweets , a Venice Beach transplanted Aussie will be joining us in April in Columbia, SC.
Tasteet – Discover great food
Tasteet – Discover great food - Pretty innovative foodie / food finder site. Great design on desktop and mobile. And like the layout of the search result pages with the block of Venues / Recommendations / Booking / Delivery – only thing I’d suggest is make that an area that you can click, and it further refines the search.
ArtSocket Posters - This is a three-year e-commerce/community project. For me it was a long journey from a crummy little web space to something that now looks and feels great to a lot of people. While building this website I’ve learned a great deal about design, web development, blogging, art and content curation. And, of course, [I’ve learned a great deal about] making best prints possible.
LAIC, Columbia University
LAIC, Columbia University - Cool canvas work from Miguel Ripoll for Columbia University’s Dept of Latin American and Iberian Cultures. The coloring and tiles conveys a specific cultural element that you don’t see in most sites – which is very relevant to the client. And the canvas word play tripped me out when I realized what was happening.
FILMARTIST Productions Official Website - Cool video background site from a company that produces videos… and therefore video backgrounds.. The FilmArtist Productions site, out of Toronto, Canada, is a very simple showcase of their work. I like how the video background is persistent throughout the page as you scroll