I chose at the website for my old band, Boy Crisis, to analyze. I thought it would funny to look at this site because it is fairly unconventional. It is a dynamic website with a lot of moving parts. Even the background moves and changes. I was surprised to find that it still exists and that adheres to the principles of design more than it would at first appear.
Here is a relatively neutral homepage. (It’s kind of necessary to visit the site and experience the functionality for this to make sense.) Although it does not adhere to a perfect grid, there is a relatively simple grid in place, created by the navigational tools and the large middle area.
This grid is actually the only thing that doesn’t change. Although the content moves around, the four elements that make the grid are always stuck to their corners.
While new elements move in and out of the center area, the navigational elements stay the same. Because of this functionality, the negative space of the site moves dynamically as you browse.
The colors of the website also change dynamically. There is a lot of color on this site. It certainly doesn’t adhere to any idea of color that we learned in class, but I think the total overload of color on the site works with the general vibe of the band, which is sort of pop excess.
Text is a secondary focus for most of the site, but where it is used it is used consistently. Most of the type was hand written by one of the band members. All of the html text is done in a simple Helvetica. Like the Helvetica, the hand written fonts are sans-serif, except for a script font that is occasionally used. There are also various fonts that appear in the background images, but these are more textural and not intended to be read. The combination of hand written fonts and Helvetica gives the site a feeling of both a sort of trashy Internet design and a DIY approach to design, both of which are very much in the style of the band and the website itself.
The design of this site is a little out there. I think it would appeal for the most part to people with some degree of familiarity with the Internet. It references both janky, Web 1.0 Internet design, and more current web development ideas, like dynamic content. I imagine that the experience of this site moves quickly from confusion to (hopefully) being excited by the content and the quirkiness of the site, which is pretty similar to the feeling of the music we used to play, at least, as I imagine it.