vadsandwich.co.nz coming soon

Last week I was introduced to the website design software, Adobe Muse. I plan on using this software to create an online portfolio where potential clients can see the best of my visual art and design work.

Today I have been trying to execute some basic functions such as getting my header and footer to be static while the rest of the page scrolls behind them, and making a slideshow span the entire width of the browser window. I was quite pleased by the end of the day to achieve both of these functions.

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static menu

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full-screen slideshow

Over the next week I will continue to develop my skills in Muse and by Sunday I hope to have a fully functioning and aesthetically pleasing website to showcase my skills to the world.

Inspiring Websites

To get a scope on the current trends for web design, I did some research into successful portfolios. The first site I landed on was David Trubridges website http://www.davidtrubridge.com

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I was most impressed by the simple elegance and design of the landing page, a full colour, full screen image with modest branding welcomed me to his site. The quality of the photography is what really had me engaged in the site and added to the overall professional looking aesthetic. The neat scroll effects played a complimentary roll in ensuring a seamless and pleasant experience.

The next site I visited was a website for a studio specializing in app development, known as Rally Interactive.

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Navigating through beta.rallyinteractive.com was eye opening and for me it really set the benchmark for what a website is capable of in terms of function and aesthetic. The interactive elements were top shelf, and the unique ribbon animation had my attention as soon as I landed on the page, I was actually scrolling through all the menu items because it very entertaining. Overall a wonderful site but the animations were definitely the icing on the cake.

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One of the more memorable websites I encountered in my research would be ultranoir.com, a design studio based in France. Compositionally it was very well designed, which allowed for a fullscreen interactive slideshow of all their main projects right on their landing page, the perfect tool to showcase their best work. The simple sans serif font contrasted well against the photographs but didn’t clash with them, which was also evident within their branding.

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I will definitely be using elements from these websites in my own project