Responses by Neal Netus, cofounder, Netarum.
Background: Kids City Life is a personal blog chronicling cultural adventures and excursions with kids in the city of Brussels and beyond through the lends of a parent. The blog hopes to inspire parents looking for activities to be enjoyed by both children and adults, as well as to challenge the little ones whenever possible.
Design core: The most notable features of this site, to me, are the fluid motion effects and the responsive design. I set out to create a site that would respond to multidirectional user input and simulate dimensionality, as though the images are floating above the screen.
Favorite details: As a full stack developer, this brief gave me a unique opportunity to truly focus on the design aspect of development. I believe that I was able to create a site that is, in some ways, quite particular. Naturally, there are prevailing design paradigms that one is encouraged to pursue at any given moment in time, but the playful theme gave me the opportunity to attempt something that would fall a little bit outside those conventions—or at least, to eddy near the periphery.
Challenges: Crucial to this brief was the implementation of a playful, engaging design in coherence with the theme. Furthermore, we wanted the site’s content to translate beautifully to mobile platforms and remain equally engaging. As such, much care had to be given to optimizing the images in order to mitigate load times, as well as to adapt the design components for touch-screen navigation on limited real estate.