For businesses that seek to transform their legacy systems into next-generation infrastructures, service company StratusGrid is changing the game, providing precise cloud-computing strategy, implementation, migration and management for its clients. Likewise, its online platform needed to similarly revolutionize clients’ expectations of what a cloud-computing service’s site should look like. Enter designer Kyle Tezak and developer Andrew Kaye—breaking the mold of typically sterile cloud-services sites and instead speaking to StratusGrid’s geeky, sci-fi loving personality. A vibrating, unusual color palette of vivid greens and oranges dominates the site, with science fiction–inspired brand elements and archival NASA imagery. Instead of a typical hamburger menu, StatusGrid’s site features a target, referencing the launch pad of a rocket. An introduction graphic features a dynamically generated star field; along with a shooting star that moves throughout it, creating the star field was, as Tezak puts it, “an interesting and creative part of the site development. Paper.js was used since it allows for simple, dynamic drawing on an HTML5 canvas. The library has great documentation and provided a quick way to make a really unique intro to the site.” The site was built with CSS3, HTML5 and CoffeeScript; CoffeeScript’s bower was used for front-end package management, and grunt provided the build tool.
This Southern Floridian design firm heightens its online presence with an elegantly simple site.