Interactive Annual 15:
I love the minimalist nature of this and its a great way to show-off a broad range of work. The one-big-page approach has been done repeatedly, but this is a really nice take on it with a lot of thought put into the little UI details. Michelangelo Capraro
The simplicity and confidence of this design make it stand out in a world of cookie-cutter portfolio sites and over-stylized promotions. Jason Ring
This site challenges standard conceptions of how a single-page site can function and be navigated. Its a simple and elegant showcase of work by Plural Design in an online gallery space spare enough that a visitor can concentrate on each piece without easily forgetting that theres more to see. Navigable by using the arrow keys on the keyboard, as the gallery of images moves around, the browser window is used as a crop to highlight parts of the page keeping adjacent images partially in view.
- • The site contains 120 images and 6 videos.
- • The navigation concept was based on work being laid on a table and a viewer walking around it to see every piece. Since the viewer in this case is stationary, the table moves instead.
- • Since launch in July 2008, the sites received 65,000 unique visits.
Comments by Renata Graw and Jeremiah Chiu
No, but we were interested in using a new approach for a common topic. We were looking to create something that we hadnt seen before.
Developing the concept, deciding on one idea, taking all the photos, retouching, writing the text, testing, etc. But probably the biggest hurdle was keeping the load time to a minimum, having all the images in one single page makes the load time higher than desired.
We dont think the audience is a hard one to reach, but it was important to us to showcase our work to potential clients and also achieve some notice from the design community.
Because it was for us, it was easier to work on. We were designing and making the decisions. When youre your own client there is no divergence of opinion. However, editing and deciding with finality about what to do in the end is always difficult, since there are so many different/interesting ideas floating around.
Writing is very important and its something that we havent focused enough attention on. It can be quite difficult to develop a tone that is professional, fun and real.
Were not sure we would do anything differently.
Jeremiah Chiu/Renata Graw/Christopher Kalis, graphic designers
Eric Mika, programmer
Shannon Benine, photographer
Plural Design (Chicago, IL), project design and development/design firm/client