Virginia ASSEMBL…age

{May 13, 2010}   Simple and Beautiful

The gallery and website of Andrew Bosley is a great design for some magnificent artwork.  A basic and very useful menu is easy to find and navigate.  Aside from the one “coming soon” links page, everything works perfectly.  The gallery is set up very well fro easy viewing and selecting.  And I LOVE the brainstormer! There’s really not much to say about the site’s design because it is so basic, but the simplicity is it’s greatest strength.  Wonderful site!


You can’t help but aww at the site of the photos on  (forgive the difference in spelling, but I “aww” at cuteness, not “ahh”)  However, awwing gets old after a while if you have to keep scrolling on forever.  The main page of this site is the only page they seemed to decide they needed, which was a mistake.  The links on the left side bar go to other cute sites, latest posts (which are already at the top of the page anyway, that’s useful *insert sarcasm here*), and yearly archives, which apparently haven’t been updated in years and only holad about 5 pictures a  year.  Also there are ads on the page that are very unappealing, with a “lose body fat” illustrated ad right under the main banner.  Obviously this is out of the vreator’s control because of the host they chose, but if it were my site I’d find a new host instead of have those ads right in my viewers’ faces.  Disappointing for such cuteness.

{May 13, 2010}   What a name!

Well the design of what I found out to be a man named Chirag Mehta’s blog is pretty nice aside from navigation.  The “main page” for this site takes you straight to the blog, which doesn’t really have any introduction saying why you should be looking at this blog in the first place.  The navigation bar at the top has an “about” page, but the bar itself blends a bit too much with the background to be too noticeable.  There is also a secondary bar which is much more noticeable, and it is easy to read what ht links are for, with images to draw the eye.  However, these pages once again do not really explain the point of the site itself, the about page is the only page with information on who created this site and why.  I want to know what I’m browsing before I start reading people’s personal posts, thank you.

{May 13, 2010}   A compliment to their name is an intriguing showcase page for an artist named Damjan Stankovic, and unlike Miltos Manetas, this guy’s site is a tribute to his talents.  The obvious focus of the page is the artistic yet useful pieces Damjan has created, with a very nicely timed slideshow sampling four of his selected projects being showcased on the site.  Set up like a resume with contact info and a link to his email at the top right corner of the site, this page is simple to navigate, uses well-chosen colors and fonts, and is overall a simple yet unique web design.

{May 13, 2010}   Artistic inconsistency

Although Miltos Manetas has a lot of talent as an overall artist, he doesn’t seem to know much of anything about web design.  This site is navigationally and organizationally disastrous!  The main page is very messy looking, with multiple fonts that have to significance and not much of any information about the site at all.  Going to other pages on the site is what will get you though.  The first two links on the main site are horrible.  The fonts are huge!  You can’t see more than four words on the screen at once, and it’s not easy to figure out what words on these pages are just text and which are links.  I don’t even want to find out after trying to read the words on the page anyway.  The “books” and “bio” pages are not so insane, but still lack basic design.  Far too many fonts and multiple forms of links make this very difficult to read and navigate.  Plus each page is completely different looking, aside from the topic there are no qualities which link all of the pages.  What a nightmare!

{March 11, 2010}   A life in a different world

I am not one for forums and blogs usually, but at times it is good to talk to others about your needs in a certain area that they have an expertise in.  This is how I stumbled on this little forum for, of all things, cartographers! …I know, you don’t know what that is right? Well it’s a forum for map makers.  You know, those silly little things you used to have to fold up for five minutes that now exists only as Google Maps and Mapquest?  Yeah, those things.  This forum, The Cartographer’s Guild, is where these wonderfully talented artists convene to discuss their maps and take and post requests for maps.  I have even posted a request which is taken and will be in the works in the next couple weeks.  The earthy color tones and perfectly matching images in the banner of this forum make it clear the purpose of the forum.  The guidelines and rules for new members are very clear from the emails they send you when you sign up, and overall the people in charge are inviting and kind.  So if you ever want a map, whether of your street for the living room wall as decoration or a scaled design of the fantasy wonderland in your mind, this is the place to go for help.

{January 26, 2010}   Matt’s got the life

Matt’s Blog of Awesome

Who would have thought the greatest way to bring people from all around the world together would be to dance poorly in front of a cheap tourist camera?  For quite a few years, Matt Harding, an average guy with what most computer geeks would consider an awesome job, creating video games.  But making games for Matt was not all it’s cracked up to be, and so he took a break… a 6 month break… to 17 countries.  And now he travels the world, being paid by Stride gum, to dance and talk to people about why he does it.

The site is focused on the videos he’s done and is working on, but originally it was just a blog on Matt’s travels.  Just goes to show how a little fun and a simple online journal can turn into a world-wide phenomenon.  The blog still exists, but now discusses issues like offers from TV stations to do not-so-innocent show work and Matt’s responses to such offers, as opposed to what kind of shampoo he decided to use that morning.  Even so, the personality of Matt, it seems through his posts, has not changed.  How refreshing that big things like this don’t have to go to people’s heads.

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