I had a talk with my several fellow designers and artists about building their own website and an interesting thing came up, they don’t know where to start. Obviously, they want to show the best of their works, have the website clean and uncluttered, user friendly and of course unique and speaking about the author. No need to say that simplicity sells, so in our todays post we decided to study several most popular and successful approaches towards simplicity in design of a website home page for designers, illustrators, photographers, painters and other people of art.
Tip 1. Splash page can save it all.
If you feel that your home page turned out to be not that simple and balanced as you wish, make a splash page, a very simple one. Find some of your creatives that people like most and place it somewhere on page (the less expected the location is the better). The feeling of simplicity from the splash page will stay with the website visitor once he launches on your home page. Same thing about your artwork, even if the website itself seems somewhat disappointing, the great work on the home page can save it all.
Arturo Elena. Graphic design and illustration.
Candybird. Graphic design and illustration.
Marie Blanco Hendrickx. Illustration, drawing.
Tip 2. Create the home page around some work from your portfolio.
Make an accent on the painting/photo/illustration that should take approximately 75-80% of the home page. This is the most popular and successful approach that allows multiple variations.
B9. Graphic design and illustration.
Henrik Purienne. Photography
Rareform Branding. Branding and design communications.
Christian Blanchard. Photography.
Bogna Kuczerawy. Photography.
Morten Qvale. Photography.
Design and Design. Community of graphic and package designers.
Elizabeth McGrath. Graphical and industrial design.
Raul Torres. Design and illustration.
Tip 3. Make home page a part of your art collection.
This tip works for illustrators, painters, graphical designers. You can enhance the menu, the corners, the background with the elements of your works making the home page itself a piece of art.
Yulia Brodskaya. Painting, photography, graphic design.
Olly Moss. Design, illustration, drawing.
Tip 4. Make it just text.
Though this may seem strange, that’s a good idea even for portfolio website. For some reason solely the text makes the portfolio even more attractive since you don’t know what to expect.
Markus Hofer. Industrial design.
Corey Holms. Graphic design.
Balykin Design. Graphic design.
Salad design. Graphic design.
Tip 5. Divide the page into separate blocks.
It’s like in your own appartment. Several well chosen things in different corners of the room form the style. If you put all of them into one place that’ll definitely be a mess.
Aldous Massie. Graphical design, illustration, painting.
Eva Vermandel. Photography.
Ben Tour. Illustration.
Nikolay Saveliev. Graphic Design.
Tip 6. Make something.
Build the home page in your own style using no more than 5 elements. It’s the first 5 seconds that make the impression, so try to keep your visitor interested.
Mr. Henry. Graphic design firm.
Jo Cope. Conceptual garment and accessory design