Remember what website design was like in the ’90s and early ’00s? When marquee-style scrolling text animations graced almost every header? When animated cursors and autoplaying audio files immersed visitors into—and occasionally assaulted them with—an experience? While keeping with contemporary design sensibilities, Baltimore, Maryland–based design agency Drexler recalls a time when website design was actually fun with its new portfolio site. A vertically scrolling marquee on the right side of the page acts as a navigation bar. Sounds folded into the interface’s mix provide the site with an immersive experience; for example, a colorful interactive dot on each page rings like a call bell when visitors hover over it, acting as a portal to encourage visitors to talk to the team at Drexler. An animated cursor helps facilitate page transitions with jagged explosions of color. These interactive features enabled Drexler to fold some much-needed color into its online presence.
Drexler built the site with a customized WordPress admin with a focus on extending accessibility to everyone at the design firm and enabling them to edit and upload editorials and projects. Since its launch, the site has received more than 12,000 visitors and lots of love from the design community on Twitter.