Interactive Annual 17:
Easily the most original company site I saw. Even with the amount of content, the site is quick to load and very readable. Awesome!
A playful, engaging, persuasive, unfolding, smart, click-and-drag, horizontal, vertical, never-ending layout. Véronique Brossier
Gracefully scaling to fill large displays, this new site for a Toronto-based ad agency mixes campaign case studies, reels and agency information with an eccentric mix of facts and ephemera. One of the goals of the redesign was to inject some personality and fun into the classic portfolio model; from bizarre employee facts and scratch-able radio spots to the dense typography and rambling copy, the site rewards a spirit of exploration and discovery. Content is presented in a series of collapsible columns that are horizontally and vertically scrollable and multiple methods for navigating reward exploration and accommodate instinctive user responses (some people will simply drag, some will try out the arrows, some will immediately access the main menu). Although its somewhat experimental and interesting, usability is never compromised.
- •In addition to being completely modularnew work is added as a new columncustom work selections are easily created for pitches and prospective clients, and published under separate URLs.
- •Grip Facts are populated through an XML file generated by an internal employee survey that new employee stake when they join the studio (answers are automatically removed from the database when someone leaves).
- •The site is also displayed on a large touch-enabled iMac in the agencys lobby; the dragging interface is perfectly suited to the touchscreen environment.
- • Since launch, the average time spent on the site is close to nine minutes per visit.
Comments by Colin Craig
With agency Web sites, the biggest challenge is always just getting started. Prior to this, we had an ancient built-in-a-day site that really didnt do justice to Grips capabilities. As a crazy-busy agency with so much client work coming through, just finding the time to design and produce our own site was nearly impossible. And because we were the client, we had to be careful not to get stuck in an endless loop contemplating all the possibilities and options.
I think most people assume that prospective clients are the intended audience for an agency site; while theyre certainly a key target, gaining the attention of prospective and current employees is equally important. It was important to us to go beyond a restrained and minimal portfolio site to provide a sense of the strong culture and personality of Grip. The copywriting and fun facts column reflects our culture, our respect for employees and our sense of fun and I hope it will continue to appeal to that employee audience.
Colin Craig, art director/creative director
Jeff Collins/Colin Craig, writers
Jason Pearl, interactive designer
Jeremy Keston, programmer
Heung Lee, Flash programmer
Ben Huxley, technology director
Ruby Zagorskis, interactive producer
Grip Limited (Toronto, Canada), project design and development