April 9, 2002 4:24 AM   Subscribe It's oh so eighties... nice retro design and a quite inspiring graphic design portfolio.
posted by heimkonsole (19 comments total)
Looks like an intro to a Bond film to me.
posted by banished at 5:08 AM on April 9, 2002

Now that is wild. I would agree, very 80's in concept and design. Trippy
posted by a3matrix at 5:20 AM on April 9, 2002

That clichéd combination of intro page with a tiny Enter link, Flash preloading galore and popup windows has become very tiresome and distracting.

Anyone'd think you get thrown out of the designers' union for using Flash detection and actually putting the content in the browser window.
posted by malevolent at 6:04 AM on April 9, 2002

Art != Design.

That's all.
posted by jgooden at 6:21 AM on April 9, 2002

Very tiny enter link. Splash pages are lousy to begin with, but then to make your door knob very small, well... I'm not going to fight with a web site. Glad I never had to not-see the pop-up windows that my pop-up killer would have bloodied.
posted by fleener at 6:22 AM on April 9, 2002

Just another poorly designed "art site" with a confusing layout and lack of information. I like flash but to have it be the entire web site misses the point. What was he selling? I don't know.
posted by MaddCutty at 6:35 AM on April 9, 2002

Looks like an intro to a Bond film to me.

Flash preloading galore

click here-->ENTER!<--click here :)
posted by kliuless at 6:52 AM on April 9, 2002

I think there's a reason why that sort of style went out of fashion.
posted by crunchland at 7:22 AM on April 9, 2002

Nice link, but unfortunately it looks like one of the many sites linked by DiK or SRF.STN, I am not a big fan of this funky design.

On a side note, heimkonsole, this is the second thread by you that has the url used as the link title, the previous one I thought was intentional because of it's weird domain name, but I don't see why you did it here. [I didn't think this warranted a Meta thread, otherwise I would've made one]
posted by riffola at 7:56 AM on April 9, 2002

I love love love it, from both a visual and useability standpoint. This is one of the first times I've used a flash interface that felt just as quick and snappy as plain html, and its design was very intuitive: i.e, I didn't have to wonder, "where am I gonna go when I click on this...?"

This is 1000x better than anything I've seen from the hacks at Kioken. Take a look at the site they did for Barney's New York...some of the worst flash I've ever seen: slow, clunky, and the ease-of-use factor is less than nil. Blah, a thousand times blah. Barf, too.
posted by andnbsp at 8:38 AM on April 9, 2002

I just saw a black screen. It would have been nice to have mentioned that it's Flash.
posted by jaden at 9:46 AM on April 9, 2002

You know what?

I don't think it's the Web design you guys have a problem with. I think you just like to crap all over other people's Web sites.

You hate the use of Flash for the sole reason that it's Flash. Yet you post a comment here anyways, devoid of any constructive criticism. Get lost.
posted by Down10 at 9:58 AM on April 9, 2002

Down10: well, do you have anything positive and constructive to add to the discussion? Something other than bitching about other people's comments?

If not, get lost.
posted by andnbsp at 10:32 AM on April 9, 2002

Down10: Your personal site is quite nice, by the way. With skills like yours, you really could add some constructive criticism to the thread! So why not do that instead of wasting your energy getting all worked up about what other people say about other people's websites? None of this affects you personally...unless you happen to run Digitank, too :)
posted by andnbsp at 10:41 AM on April 9, 2002

andnbsp: well do... Oh fuck it, nevermind.

About the site. I like it. Colours, layout and music complement each other really well. Reminds me that I have to do something with
posted by ODiV at 10:43 AM on April 9, 2002

andnbsp: Okay, I guess I sounded pretty uptight there. It just seems like every time some posts a link to a graphic designer's portfolio site, MeFiers who have some grudge over Flash or pop-up windows start dumping on the site, and then call the designer talentless or clueless. If I wanted to read that, I'd go to Slashdot.

As a designer myself, I find it rather frustrating — it's tough to find an original style and then execute it before the skepticism of the world. That's all. It's nothing personal against any one of you.

On the site itself: I thought it was nifty. I'm not against retro design as long as it's consistant, and I'd say digitank3001 did a pretty good job. The neon effects were used nicely. While the "enter" links were tiny, they were all working, and everything that was playing (i.e. animation/sound) was easy to turn off. A site that uses Flash/Javascripts/pop-ups should be acceptable as long as it is all working properly and managable.
posted by Down10 at 11:01 AM on April 9, 2002

I dig the site, I thought the design was consistent, and actually works nicely. I'm not a big fan of flash sites, but that one actually worked well. It conveyed the message that they were trying to get across.
posted by patrickje at 11:14 AM on April 9, 2002

"You hate the use of Flash for the sole reason that it's Flash. Yet you post a comment here anyways, devoid of any constructive criticism. Get lost."

hahah. whiner.

i didn't hate you site because it has Flash. i hate it because it took a few minutes to load the damned interface, then another few minutes to load the other interface... after i wandered off to make a sandwich while waiting for everything to load, i forgot why i even bothered showing up.

maybe it's not us man, maybe it's you.

that's my 'constructive criticism'.
posted by jcterminal at 2:57 PM on April 9, 2002

I certainly don't have anything against Flash (use it all the time), I just dislike seeing so many design sites follow the same approach like a herd of sheep when they're supposedly being creative. After seeing a few dozen similar sites you inevitably get cynical.
posted by malevolent at 1:04 AM on April 10, 2002

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