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Responses by Mother Volcano

Background: mothervolcano.com is the portfolio website for the illustration-centric creative studio Mother Volcano, based in Porto, Portugal.

Highlights: We have put a lot of thought and care in the homepage video and thumbnails. The homepage video is meant to give a glimpse of our studio’s versatility in illustration styles and new animation capabilities. We wanted the thumbnails to say as much as possible about the projects. With the rollover image swap, we also wanted to add some humor whenever possible.

Navigational structure: We used the navigation options available on Semplice.

Technical features: We used a WordPress-based site builder platform called Semplice and occasionally some custom JavaScript to add some simple interactivity.

Alternative approach: Although the platform is quite flexible and designed specifically with designers in mind, there were limitations to some of the things we wanted to do. We had to give up showing some of our most interactive illustration work because of the limitations in our web coding abilities. If we had to start over again, we’d probably be less stubborn and have made the most of the site’s features instead of trying to patch it up with custom CSS/JS. We had invested more time in crafting more illustrated content and assets rather than add interactivity to it.

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