Background: As a freelance design director, Sylvain Theyssens wanted to have a simple and efficient, yet memorable site to showcase his work amongst a busy and crowded design portfolio landscape. The index page showcases the projects in their minimalistic states—with an image, a video and a color.
Highlights: Reduced to its basic purpose, the index page remains playful as users discover the different project previews and play with the Hover state effects—a subtle combination of shaders that create an elegant distortion on the project images and videos. The main challenge was to bring a unique personality (color palette, hover states effects, cursor, screensaver and ticker navigation) while maintaining the efficiency of an index page (a simple list of clickable projects).
Challenges: Keeping it visually simple to let the content shine while adding a subtle twist to make it unique. We had experience working together on multiple projects for various brands in the past, so the process was simple, seamless and efficient. We could rely on each other and had enough room to bring our own skills. Navigational structure: A portfolio is a tool and a product used by recruiters, clients and designers, so the navigation should remain as minimalistic and functional as possible. However, a portfolio’s navigational structure is often a good opportunity to create a unique experience and differentiate portfolios from the mass.