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Matthew Bannister, creative director
Marc Lin, programmer
Jonathan Doyle, project manager
dbox inc., project design and development
Thomas Phifer and Partners, client

"Clean lines, open space and an intuitive interface that blends style with clarity. What could be a better framework for an architectural firm’s online presence?" —juror Jonathan Hills

"This is a fresh clean way to see the all the talent of this architecture firm. It's easy to get around, and the minimalist navigation rewards visitors by keeping the focus on the work." —juror Kevin Flatt

Overview: Responding to Thomas Phifer's highly tectonic and detailed architecture, this site provides a number of different ways to access and enjoy his work. Whether zooming through a timeline or enjoying a slideshow, users always get a sense of the role that light and repetition play in the architect's projects.

• 280 images available
• 75.6MB total file size
• Manually coded

Comments by Jonathan Doyle:
"We've worked closely with Thomas Phifer and Partners for more than seven years, during which time the relationship has developed into a creative partnership where each studio focuses on its strengths—they concentrate on architecture and we focus on representing the architecture in a compelling way.

"The mutual respect engendered by this relationship carries through to all aspects of our work including, of course, Web design. It also provides an unusual level of creative freedom and flexibility.

"This is the second iteration of the Thomas Phifer and Partners site. It's the culmination of our attempt to create a site that's on par and reflective of the firm's architecture, that shares its essences (simple, clean, minimal and sophisticated) and also reinforces the firm's brand and existing identity.

"From a navigation standpoint, the challenge was to create an interesting, fluid, visual interface that intuitively invites visitors to explore the site. The sorting of the projects and the updating of the content is loaded externally from Flash's .swf files in the form of the .jpg and .txt files that give them the ability to easily update the site with virtually no knowledge of Flash."


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