Dec 15, 2017



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Arvorecer

ArvorecerWonderfully spirited design of contrasts and subtle details. This site integrates nature, openness, typography and information design all into one very attractive package. We were most impressed with the skillful blend and transitional elements that nimbly mingle the textures from the "earth" to "sky" portions of the design.... More

Also posted under green design, promotional design.

Arvorecer

House Industries presents Alexander Girard

House Industries presents Alexander GirardHouse Industries joins forces with 60's textile design icon Alexander Girard to present a new line of playful fonts and objects. In this age of greening and Woodstock anniversaries, Girard's joyful objects and shapes with their roots in the 60's and folk art are now becoming ubiquitously apparent in a contemporary context. Check out this sun-drenched online exhibit of new items, and jump on this hay ride of design fun.... More

Also posted under editorial design, xyz miscellaneous.

House Industries presents Alexander Girard


Manhattan Loft Corporation

Manhattan Loft CorporationContrary to its name, MLC operates out of London, England. As one of Britain's most innovative property companies, this site helps set them apart from the standard fare expected of a conventional property development firm. Think more art, design and architecture, rather than concrete, bricks and mortar.... More

Also posted under corporate design.

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Aum Arquitetos

Aum ArquitetosA clean and minimal Flash portfolio for this young, award winning Brazilian architecture group. The website translates their style effectively with a direct user interface. While this site is not really breaking any conventions, sticking to expectations and a certain number of boundaries is always going to be friendly and accessible for your clients. Overall, it's a breeze to navigate.... More

Aum Arquitetos


Kent Rogowski

Kent RogowskiKent Rogowski is an artist and photographer. You may be familiar with his work titled Love = Love, that patch-works pieces from different puzzle sets to create unique fantasy floral scenes. We also enjoyed his latest work Bears (see thumbnail) where he has photographed a series of toy bears turned inside out. His work is simply beautiful, and soulfully stirring.... More

Kent Rogowski

Letterpool

LetterpoolLetterpool is a brilliant community art project built around uncovering exceptional typography found throughout the streets of Liverpool. Powered by the public, this interactive exhibit calls upon users to send in their own photographs of found type – either modern or dating back in history – and the winning 100 entries will be published into a hardback book. A fantastic idea, executed with exceptional design... and perhaps a project that could be expanded to many different cities.... More

Also posted under editorial design, xyz miscellaneous.

Letterpool


ground

groundGround is an emerging design firm that designs green architecture, creates public art spaces and engages in land planning. Their focus is on the exceptional and artful, as they tackle a broad range of project types – specifically crafting unique urban landscapes and contemporary green roofs. As the earth struggles with a shift in global consciousness, ground keeps us grounded with their sustainable approach, as they infuse the urban gray with the ecological green.... More

Also posted under green design.

ground

Dynamic Tower

Dynamic TowerTalk about your pie in the sky! Architecture firm David Fisher's Dynamic Group has released plans to build the world's first rotating skyscraper (Where else, but in Dubai – of course, the home of over-the-top taste). Each floor will have the ability to rotate independently (slowly, we hope), creating an ever-shifting visual line and myriad shapes. While the skyscraper breaks all previous molds, the web site for the architecture firm (link) falls way behind the times with several broken images, lackluster layouts, misspelled page titles, and poor transitional effects. At a minimum cost of $4M per apartment, you'd think they could do just a little better job designing a dynamic web site! Hmmm... I think we smell a sales opportunity!... More

Dynamic Tower


Espeluzland

EspeluzlandIt's not often in these days of clean, corporate CSS that you find completely wacky off-the-wall web sites that promote art, and actually are art at the same time. Enter Espeluzland! With it's weird and wonderful viral, dripping, decomposing framework that houses some beautifully decaying illustrations and art... Explore, and be rewarded with some kind of nasty art-born virus... Otherwise known as the disease of creativity!... More

Espeluzland

Lake Nona – Nonaology

Lake NonaA superb design for a master-planned community just within Orlando, Florida that features a modern neighborhood with a "ridiculous amount of parks". This line-driven web design features a great blend of photography, solid typography, and vintage illustrations that create the framework for exploring this rich interactive environment, while the smart writing and marketing copy which comprises the meat of the site is quite fun to read. The juxtaposition of the various styles is beautiful and creates a welcoming, yet contemporary feel for this site. A really gorgeous job here.... More

Also posted under Flash.

Lake Nona


Tansu

Tansu Yacht DesignForget for a moment – websites, posters, fashion, electronics, and furniture... here is an outstanding design firm that specilizes in shipbuilding... yachts to be exact! And what yachts they are – we just can't get enough of the design of these unique vessels. Some of them look like PT-boats, updated with a modern twist. The larger yachts have this sophiticated, military line to them, almost like mini naval cruisers. But that's just the exteriors... Tansu takes their vast experience in product and interior design, and pours it into an thoroughly obsessive attention to detail, styling and architecture that raises the entire boating experience to a higher plane of expression and usability—inside and out. Living at the crossroads of so many design disciplines, while crafting such beautiful, usable crafts is really just unfair. Damn right, we're straight-up jealous! All that, and a great Flash site too.... More

Also posted under Flash, industrial design & autos, sports design.

Tansu Yacht Design

The Palm Jumeirah

The Palm JumeirahForget websites for a moment. Think bigger. Much bigger! Imagine what it would be like to design an entire island. Even Bigger? What if the entire island were 100% man-made? Well, in the Arab Emirates, extending from the coast of Dubai, such a project is well underway... and it is being billed as the 8th wonder of the world and the "most significant and creative earth form made by man". It is literally, an enourmous palm-shaped lagoon/island jutting into the sea—and from an architectural, engineering, and environmental standpoint, this is a design project of mind-boggling proportions. While the site is your standard fare, the branding is done by FutureBrand, and is just one small – but vitally important – component of the big picture (just imagine what this construction project would feel like without a comprehensive brand). As you explore this site, we think you'll agree that all (even small)... More

The Palm Jumeirah


Mint Collection

Mint CollectionIn this crispy, modern grid-based design, Noise 13 Design has created the showcase site for Martin Building's newest project – Mint Collection. This set of four historic buildings in San Francisco has been meticulously designed and developed into 95 luxury residential, live/work and commercial spaces... and to reflect that, the site has a clean, minimal and luxurious "air" to match. Quite a nice presentation for an upcoming neighborhood in Union Square.... More

Mint Collection

MoMA | Comic Abstraction

MoMA | Comic AbstractionThis site contains works from MoMA's Comic Abstraction exhibition (curated by Roxana Marcoci) and includes artist interviews, audio, and supplementary texts in a nifty, contained little Flash piece. The exhibit itself brings together the works of thirteen contemporary artists whose works examines the ways artists in the last decade have used lowbrow popular culture as springboards for abstraction and to address today's perplexing questions.... More

MoMA | Comic Abstraction


AIGA Design Archives

AIGA Design ArchivesThe ultimate collection of awarded designs, the AIGA Archives are the recorded catalog of annual juried selections in design excellence. Featuring 3,269 hand-picked entries (at this posting) from the '365' annuals dating back to 1994 (issue no. 15), the entire site is a graphic designer's goldmine. The best part is the Flash-built interactive navigation which allows you to browse and cross-reference entries by publication date and category—to reduce 3,269 down to 24 specific entries in a matter of three-four clicks... and even lets your lightbox your favorites. (It's only really missing the best selections in interactive design, but that's why you are here, right?) Pretty... no, very damn cool.... More

Also posted under Flash, editorial design.

AIGA Design Archives

FAILE

FAILEIf you're not familiar with his work, FAILE is one of the modern day gods of the half-tone dot, stencil art, and gritty pop-culture graphics—and we were ecstatic to discover this website covering his unique multimedia designs. Done up like a sort of yellow pages ads on LSD, FAILE's many projects pick up where Andy Warhol left off... Prints, stencils, screenprints, and videos that resemble a street art-inspired cross between CONCRETE TV (MNN) and the Cartoon Network run through a photo copier. There's just too many gems in his site to list here, but let's say: clicking around will be heavily rewarded. For us, beyond a doubt, one of the best sites and artists of the year.... More

Also posted under design 'zines, extra experimental.

FAILE


Teddies in Space

T.I.S. - The Art of Philip JordanLike a low-fi Star Wars in a cardboard box, this spectacular Flash website design comes to you from a galaxy far, far away... Ok, well, not that far these days if you live in Europe... This is the art portfolio of a German born painter and graffiti artist, whose spray-can work and art features funky characters, and colorful animals. And actually, without being rude, we thought the site itself at times outshined the work inside. Simply out of this world!... More

T.I.S. - The Art of Philip Jordan

Hollywoodland

Hollywoodland: Frank Lloyd WrightA beautiful and simple minimalist tribute to a set of five Los Angeles homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1920's. These designs of his, defined by the concrete brick work, are simply summed up - not with so many words - but with a series of full-screen photographs... the remainder of the inpretation is up to you.... More

Hollywoodland: Frank Lloyd Wright


History of Parliment

History of ParliamentFrom Kings and Queens right down to Ministers, Members, and all their Yea's and Nea's, this rightfully clean and proper site covers a very comprehensive research project: The History of Parliment creates an account of parliamentary politics in England, then Britain, from their origins way back in the 13th century. Unparalleled in the comprehensiveness of its treatment, the History is generally regarded as one of the most ambitious, authoritative and well-researched projects in British history. This site gives you an overview of the entire project and some behind-the-scene insights.... More

History of Parliament

Madi Studio

As far as architecture studios go, this firm based in Hungary has a very tight, simple and elegant web presence. It gives us a quick idea of their work and capabilities, while also giving us a taste of their philosophy and penchant for clean interior and exterior architecture design. Their strength lies in corporate interior design, but they also help design some attractive residential architecture work.... More

Madi Studio


Not So Simpleton

notsosimpletonMyron Campbell is an artist and designer whose mixed media work is immersed in ideas surrounding consciousness and the subconscious, dream states and fairy tales. He uses painting, drawing, digital art, sound, collage and 2D animation to explore and create his bizarre visions. So now, enter his dreams and explore his thoughts in this fragile, patchwork site of his subconscious mind.... More

Also posted under animation & game design, extra experimental.

notsosimpleton

Robotmania

RobotmaniaThis site will be of special interest to anyone fascinated by the dreamy age of space travel and technology, and of course to collectors and fans of 50s and 60s tin toys. The amount of creativity and artistic talent that went into crafting this collection of space-themed toys and robots is truly amazing—certainly these unique pieces define a bygone era not to be repeated again. And the Flash site by Alberto Cerriteno is a perfect blend of modern, yet rustic design... and even includes a retro game of Space Invaders.... More

Also posted under Flash, animation & game design, xyz miscellaneous.

Robotmania


The Highline Preliminary Design

The Highline Preliminary DesignThe Highline is a 1.5-mile historic, defunct, elevated rail structure on Manhatttan's West Side. This robust website was created to showcase the design concepts for the public park conceived by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in conjunction with a show at the MoMA. Mimicking the floating above the street feel, the site flows horizontally, unfolding like a long, scrolling path, capturing the meandering, exploratory experience of the place. Much like the finished Highline, this site is worth exploring slowly, viewing all of its parts to enjoy the full experience.... More

The Highline Preliminary Design

EbOY

EbOY | hello eboy XV After all these years, still pumping out the bits and pushing the pixels, EbOY continues to be the ultimate pixel illustrators paradise. More isometric angles and bizarre pixel illustrations than you can shake a magic wand at, EbOY truly is the king of all pixel designers. And this is the palace of all of their art... from the eCity Pixorama to the pixel portraits, this is an online cornucopia of digital goodness. 'Nuff said.... More

Also posted under extra experimental, xyz miscellaneous.

EbOY | hello eboy XV


Teatr Muzyczny

Teatr Muzyczny (Musical Theater)A very dark and distressed promotional site for a musical theater company in Poland. This site shows how it really takes a number of elements coming together in harmony to make a great online presentation. We were very impressed with the full screen "slicing" Flash transitions, minimal use of colors, grainy diffused photos and solid type treatments. Even if you don't understand Polish, you can have a good experience just from flipping through these large page designs using a very easy to understand navigation. Dark and dramatic!... More

Also posted under promotional design.

Teatr Muzyczny (Musical Theater)

ic! berlin

ic! berlinHome of the legendary eyewear designers ic! berlin, this site is just pure fun in a fabulous line work design which emphasizes the feather light style of designer glasses. It's rare to see such playful creativity in a product site, but ic! berlin crosses the line in this award winning site with lots of playful visuals - after all, if you are going to treat your eyes to some great looking designer frames, why not have a fun visual site too? It's a perfect marriage of promotion, art and design crafted with a confident, light-hearted attitude. Explore this site, and your eyes will thank you!... More

Also posted under industrial design & autos, promotional design.

ic! berlin


Entreprises & Construction Durable

Entreprises & Construction DurableThis captivating design for a green website on sustainable construction is crafted with movement and unique transitions to diametrically oppose grey, static architecture websites. We absolutely love the way each page zooms out to show the entire page layout, then transitions you smoothly back to reading distance. Written entirely in French, even if you can't understand everything, you'll appreciate the flowing beauty of the Flash transitions and the intuitive user interface design. Fantastic design!... More

Also posted under Flash.

Entreprises & Construction Durable

Jonathan Schloss

Jonathan SchlossWhat's great about this site is all you have to do is punch in the web address, load it up and let it play. On the other hand, if you want you can drill down to each project and zoom into every image in the portfolio. The architectural work contains some huge cultural and civic projects (like Radio City Hall, for one), as well as some small, but very great residential renovations. Smart Flash scripting gives users an in-depth view of every image... it really feels like you are sitting at a big table sifting through high-resolution photographs with a big magnifying glass. Ultimately the little details (and there are many) in the design of this portfolio really make it shine. Truly wonderful.... More

Jonathan Schloss


Firehouse735 Condominium

Like a good old-fashioned 'block' party (but minus the grill), this web site uses lots of squares of information in a colorful design, while using Flash to elegantly warp and transform the grid on each different page. With a limited amount of content, the site does a good job at balancing the building’s rich past (built in 1880) and the neighborhood’s soulful character with the sleek and modern residences inside. The design team used subdued, matte colors to showcase both the sunlit interior shots and the charming photos of Firehouse 735 as it once was in past times to appeal to an up-and-coming neighborhood in Brooklyn, Prospect Heights. Quite nice.... More

Firehouse735 Condominium

Spavia

SpaviaEvery once in a while, we come across a site or portfolio that truly breaks new ground in interaction and interface design... Of course, you don't need to read any farther to know what you can only experience by visiting the site. But let's just fill in the blanks; This is an art and industrial design portfolio website for the works of a creative duo from Hungary. Spavia (both sections) contains artworks and projects in ceramics and porcelain, silicate design products, paintings, photograms and photography. Kudos go out to these two who have obviously contemplated the medium (Flash) and made their portfolio very easy to use and understand, while also developing a highly original creation. (Added HINT: Use intuitive keyboard buttons to "walk" through instead of clicking.)... More

Also posted under fashion, clothes & photos, industrial design & autos.

Spavia


Nicole Foran

A tapestry of flowers frames this beautiful and simple one page wonder -- a portfolio site for a painter and printmaker. The work inside has a breath of personality, and coveys a particular understanding of the visual world. What that message is, of course if up to the viewer... but we couldn't ask for a better online casing for this artists' unique work. Take the time to stop and smell the flowers.... More

Nicole Foran

Painting for a cause

Using various printing methods and drawing techniques on found prints, Ornithology creates an interesting juxtaposition between old drawings and new drawing styles - which in the end makes the prints look old again ... or like they were run over by a utility truck at a garage sale (*not* a bad thing!). Well, WE liked them, however, if you're not a fan of the art, at least the web pages are quite clear and beautiful.... More

neumu [ exhibit ]


gutterlife

Recently seen... Join the g-men in this most unholy collage of type, images and dirty, dirty little drawings.... More

gutterlife

office for subversive architecture

Something different... Not necessarily designed to the most detailed of specs, this site appears to be barely glued together... but it's that bit of patchwork that enhances beauty and gives it some interesting visual flavor.... More

office for subversive architecture


The Royal Academy of Arts

If you're not in the UK and need a touch of inspiration, hit this site for this famous British museum. Amidst the rich content, highlights include the hand-drawn metanav rollovers.... More

The Royal Academy of Arts

Bitforms

BitformsOne should be swimming in new concepts and ideas - like the wooden mirror (Rozin 1999) - every single waking moment. (Also see the more recent Prints + Chips collected exhibit.)... More

Bitforms


Guggenheim.com

From the multi-dimentional spaces of Frank Lloyd Wright's physical world, down to the architecture of a multi-media driven site, see the web site for NYC's flagship museum.... More

Guggenheim.com

Notts Art

Notts ArtA sweet and clean little Flash detection for a local arts project, 'notts' provides info on contemporary artworks situated across Nottinghamshire, England. We liked the colors and overhead location maps especially, but found readability slightly impaired - probably due to the use of Vag Rounded as copy text. Overall, notts art is a tasty, informative treat.... More

Notts Art


Ashley Wood

Ashley WoodAshley Wood is an illustrator extraordinaire who uses an energetic combination of traditional and modern painting techniques to create vibrant cover pieces for books, movies, comics and even television and video games. The site for this great illustrator and artist does his work justice as it demonstrates great typography and excellent attention to detail. Site designed by ximeraLabs from UK & Belgium - who themselves feature some of the freshest modern design we've seen in a long time.... More

Ashley Wood

120 Seconds

Sleeping GiantsA place for people in Canada who are experimenting in the digital medium to show off what they're creating: byte-size entertainment including animation, shorts, games, music, whatever. The site design, by Dotaku International, breaks up the edges nicely creating a feel of an entity in space rather than a program with holes to fill. The backend uses Cold Fusion. This is a CBC initiative to create unique space to showcase Canadian talents.... More

Sleeping Giants


800*600

800*600This site is so simple it bothers me; essentially built in two colors with one highlight color, 800*600 is the site for an upcoming design annual being released from Hungary. Although the layered graphics appear like something one would imagine designed for China's coming Olympics bid, if it is any hint towards the design style being used in the book, then it should be well worth acquiring.... More

Simian

SimianSimian's fifth incarnation titled 'Journey Inwards' presents 7 semi-interactive movies that tend to induce a dreamlike state of mind. They offer a peek into the consciousness of an artist strangely enveloped in a veil of peacefulness who travels the twisted paths between brilliance, insanity and emotional distress. Take your time with these: each semi-interactive story unfolds at about 5 minutes each, with your help... hence "semi"-interactive.... More


RMX

RMXMany 're-mix' projects - the sort where a sequence of designers create variations of, improvements upon or additions to an initial digital design - have come and gone... however, this is the best one we know of that still rocks on. RMX is a tight collaboration of eight Brisbane designers, launched from a desire to produce exciting visual work in an unpredictable way - generating visual works that, in the final viewing, are "as surprising to the creators as they are to the viewer".... More

RMX

123KLAN

123KLANBusting out the fresh funky style - this is street art taken to the vector dimension. This release marks the creation of a new height in online graffiti where the styles born in the streets of NYC are merged with a sharp graphic eye, tight computer skills and the love of Gundam. 123KLAN is on online crew hailing from Lille, France. Reprazent ma brothahs & sistahs.... More

123KLAN


Memoirs

Designer's WorkoutMemoirs is an experimental web presentation that mainly focuses on interface design and visual art communication. Memoirs is a visual narrative presentation on the Hiroshima bombing during World War II which attempts to give graphic representation to survivors' experience and witness accounts of the event. This was a major design research project for BA study in the year 2000.... More

Praystation

PraystationEvolving ever since we can remember, the Praystation of 1999-2000 is a leader in demonstrating the highest levels of complexity in Flash tek and design interactions. From digital paintbrushes, to Replicating Snowflakes, to Building a Tsunami, Praystation promises the widest and wildest array of Flash Tek experiments online to date - at best guess, more than 50. And as both the artist and the teacher at the same time - Pray delivers eye-fetching content, while more recently he provides code from the experiements for others to learn from - then throw in occational updates of the authors' exploits with a smart interface that leads your through all of the modules and you have one of the diamond superstars of Flash Tek.... More

Also posted under Flash, extra experimental.

Praystation


BAM

BAMThe Brooklyn Academy of Music is a performance venue for dramatic stage shows in Brooklyn, NYC. BAM offers a very hip and modern feeling site which elegantly showcases their shows and offerings. BAM is also the home of BAM Rose Cinemas - Brooklyn's only movie house dedicated to first-run independent and foreign film and repertory programming. The use of tonal greys and horizontal banding when mixed with big, clean san-serif type and sparesly colored imagery makes for finely branded and modern feel, appealing to a newer and younger audience range of theater-goers.... More

Also posted under movie and film sites.

BAM

Design Museum

Design MuseumThe ultra-clean site of the Designmuseum in London, England is available in either Flash or Regular HTML. Designmuseum Flash features a great teaser gallery of pieces in their collection and on show through their Gallery3(cubed). Some of the best parts of the site, aside from the great industrial designs showcased within, are the miniture loading animations between pages. The design style is also effectively translated into the navigational elements to create a cohesive content delivery vehicle.... More

Design Museum


Bam-b

Bam-bThis independent artists' showcase reveals a fiercly original & often sexually bizarre, but cute, 3-d experience. Check out this futuristic miscreant! Fiercely original, strange and even cute, Bam-b is a 3-dimentional showcase of artistic expression and imagination from a Dutch digital artist living in NYC. Since this posting a few new areas were added.... More

Also posted under Flash, animation & game design.

Bam-b

Komplex

KomplexAn ecclectic home for intriguing computer art. This minimal cyber design combined with the specialized content takes us back to ol' time hacker daze. We like the sense of seeing the work of invisible BBS-style hackers thrown together with a graffiti-style mysteriousness to create a cool underground art community. From the site: PC DEMOS : non-interactive multimedia demonstrations written in unearthly programming languages. download , unzip and run in dos platform. might need some expertise Since this posting a few new areas were added.... More

Komplex


Prototype

PrototypeAn independently created classic from Sweden. Hard to believe it's just a 'prototype'. Until the Scandi webgallery arrives, this is just scratching the surface of the rich web design talent blooming in the Scandanavic regions. Mattias Jonsson brings us a dynamic wonder site from Sweden. Since this posting the old site is down, but a new innovation is promised to arrive at some point in the future. We'll keep you updated.... More

Archinect

ArchinectArchinect is the penultimate architecture resource and a fulfilling compliment to the design links here at Digitalthread. ARCHINECT is the most comprehensive and highly selective resource for online architectural information and great architecture sites. Gallery updated monthly. Recommended 'Permie Link' by Digitalthread.... More

Archinect


Art Center

Art CenterArt Center College of Design's site is the cream of the crop of intelligently constructed sites. Never has it been easier to locate the information you need than here. Art Center's site is characterized by its utilitarian navigation; the pull-down menus are implemented to perfection. It is clean. It is fast. It is one subtly powerful site.... More

Also posted under corporate design.

Art Center

WHEREISHERE

WHEREISHEREWHEREISHERE is the web companion to the book about new media art & artists from the renown designers Laurie Makela and the late P.Scott Makela. WHEREISHERE is like a gallery site, but unlike other gallery sites showcased in past advents (REMEDI, FuseLab). It is more useful as a multimedia companion to the book than a stand-alone website. It presents modules of design work by progessive designers and artists mainly in QuickTime and Director formats. The site is down since this posting.... More


Respiration

RespirationAn online 'folio for a prolific designer with a great compositional sense. Jeff has created a number of highly detailed, textural and ultimately beautiful sites. Jeff's list of site designs reads like a Digitalthread webgallery issue. His porfolio of sites includes Land Speed Skates, the Red#40 Site, Disappearing Inc.'s Font Arsenal and the Neoglyphics Site. He has worked with Disappearing Inc, In2, Giant Step, Neoglyphics, Red#40 and CDnow.... More

Respiration

CCAC

CCACA nice, slightly eclectic and quirky site for the California College of Arts and Crafts, CCAC for San Francisco and Oakland. The Post Tool founders who designed this playful site attended and met at CCAC. They've created an accessible site for their former school that is fanciful, airy and beautiful.... More


CALM

CALMIs an exhibition 'module' promoting a larger exhibition at the Royal College of Art (from May 1-21, 1998). This wonder is called 'the Campaign Against Living Miserably' and is about artists creating their own personal utopias. The design mixes naively large flat areas of colour with newspaper like halftone images to suggest campaigning and protest. The idea was to create a self-contained site to promote the exhibition which could also be read as an obsessive manifesto (and hopefully artwork) in itself. The artists are presented as a list of campaigners. Type is liberally sliced up - as in a utopia you can do whatever you want. Primary fonts - Keedy Bold, VAG rounded, Helvetica Black.... More

dotCom Gallery

dotCom GalleryA smooth reflection on interface design for this art gallery. This site shows an excellent sense of refinement that only the original designer(s) can testify to. As the site gets updated (irregularly), brilliant hopefuls like yourself can submit their cyber art & creations and get showcased in cyberspace. No longer online since this posting. Altough it was rarely updated and is now defunct, the gallery represented one of the earlier designs on the web that effectively used frames to enhance navigation rather than confound it. No longer online since this posting. see also: eyestorm, panoplie, potatoland... More


e13

e13The home of junk design. As textural simulation effects becomes more popular, the opposite spectrum of graphic design leans towards the digital bit-mapped and pixelated effects. e13 is anti-design that makes us reflect upon current trends while questioning our ability to make sense of most of the garbage that makes up what we see online. Check out our web gallery special on Art to read more about e13 and see where current design trends have NOT taken us. see also: Day Dream, Jodi... More

e13

finemagazine

finemagazineVery fine! This promotional web-zine and artists forum has one of most pleasant and intuitive interfaces ever to grace the 'Thread. The content was originally supposed to be updated bimonthly making this magazine a truly worthwhile skulking ground, but actually, it was more of a promotional piece that helped launch Kioken's two lead designers into leadership of an established and still profitable firm in 2000. This site is no longer updated.... More


Herron School of Art

Herron School of ArtBeautiful tonality and finely detailed designs grace each section of this schools website. The color scheme and planning are excellent, as are the richly layered images. Herron features great print work adapted to the web. This is a beautiful site design that integrates navigation quite intelligently to create an exemplary site. The site has changed slightly over the years, but much of the fine orginal work is preserved.... More

Herron School of Art

entropy8

entropy8zuperA beautiful range of design graces these pages. Each full page, once loaded, completely fills the space like an artists' canvas. Great animations combine with content and backgrounds to give this site a richness usually reserved for print or painting work. Not enough can be said for the work of Auria Harvey. Her work has graced Digitalthread three times to date. This was her personal & professional site, which featured many original ideas and designs that were often heralded by design mags and emerging web design review sites. This site has since merged with Zuper.org. See links below.... More

entropy8zuper


disappearing inc.

disappearing inc.A font foundry that combines industrial print designs and web techniques into a platform that artfully displays their fonts. This site uses art instead of words to define what web design is all about. The site, although little changed since 1997, is still an excellent showcase of graphically rich print design merged with technical functionality. Some may find a few of the interface items a bit difficult to manipulate, but for the most part the site is equally rich in content and delivery, which is why the site may not be suitable for all browsers - their fonts are not suitable for all designers! Overall great stuff. This site gained the following awards: Publish Magazine's Best of the Web 1997 "*****" (5 Stars) Net Guide Magazine.... More

Word

wordThe original content-rich zine with fascinating monthly articles and superb overall design. Dive into the articles to absorb a wealth of refreshing design and navigation ideas. Redesigned since this review. Word's framework was enhanced by excellent Gif animations and great miniture iconography. Word's strength lied in the variety of designers that tackled the wide span of articles. Overall, it's constantly updated cornucopia of ideas, issues + culture were a web design haven. Word has since undergone some dramatic design changes - none for the better - and parts and bits of the old site can now be found only within the depths of the archives.... More


Swoon Magazine

Swoon MagazineHome of 'dating, mating & relating', this CondeNet 'zine featured original design and HTML that made mom proud. Redesigned since this review. Unfortunately, Swoon is no longer designed by a particular magazine and web designer we knew, but the site still maintains enough design integrity and flavors for ample inspiration. Nice colors and iconography remain, while some of the line-enforced design and interface breakdown is still hidden in the underlying structure. This site has not gone to the dogs. see also: Sundance Film Festival 1998... More

double aught

double aughtFrom the designers of Marathon & Marathon Infinity, this website reflects the futuristic feel of the game's interface and provides a glimpse into the creators' minds. This site was fun for exploring, often featuring new and inspirational homepage designs on a regular basis. The designers also worked on the Marathon games series, popular in the mid-90's, and many of the cool screen designs were based upon Mararthon-style modularity and innovation. This site is no longer online at this posting.... More


Qaswa

QaswaQaswa was an early showcase of 3-dimensionality online. Great use of shading created one of the first sites with an illusion of depth. The navigation used the default vertical nature of the browser to its advantage, while the iconography complimented the smooth nature of the shading. Clean, and tightly organized, Qaswa was a truly innovative web design in the design spectrum of the time. The site has been redesigned since this posting and the Qaswa entity (now qaswa communications) is mainly focused on doing design work.... More

Qaswa

crashsite

crashsite (via waybackmachine)Boredom and Apocalypse, home of hopeless sexuals. Besides some lengthy downloads, crashsite houses clean and original design work. The design sometimes overshadows the content which is bizarre, humourous and often twisted. No longer online since this posting. Designed by the Santa Monica Design Team - part of the BigGun Project. As far as we know, Crashsite disbanded long ago, as did the BigGun Project. Members moved on. Cities change. You may find a few of the ol' crew hanging at companies spread across the West Coast (see links).... More

crashsite (via waybackmachine)


Super Shibuya

Super ShibuyaMaintained by a designer in France, this site showcases the visual richnesss of Japanese design - illustrations, graphic design, photography, movie posters, and even some interesting eccentricities. Super probably qualifies as our first international gallery piece - originating in France - and it was one of the first personal sites that showcased a designers' ideas, works and interests in a well designed public presentation. This style of site is still the choice presentation for independent graphic designers to self-promote their print and web work. Usually, the designers use this style of site to hone existing skills, engage new projects and work, or to publicize some interest of personal importance. Super is still up, but hasn't changed since 1997.... More

Super Shibuya

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