Honestly, I was at first pretty resistant and reluctant to take on this second design project–the artist homepage. Perhaps this had more to do with an overall lack of time to get business taken care of; perhaps it had to do with my less-than-wonderful time-management skills; perhaps I’m just lazy–any option could be true! Regardless, after thinking specifically about Lynn Rushton’s site for a few days, I’m much less resistant to the idea; as a matter of fact, I think I’ve had a few early design epiphanies that’ll get me quite started. (It helps that the secret little part of myself that always wanted to be a painter or sculptor has been drawn out a lot over the last few weeks.)
Here are some of the ideas that I’ve got so far. I must give much credit to Carie, by the way, who actually took these pictures of Rushton’s studio and thus provided quite a bit of inspiration. Two pictures to start with:
The second image is a nice shot of paintbrushes and the like. Again, while I’m not 100% sure how it’ll work, but this will be part of the metaphor for the site. This brings me to that–I’d like to have some sort of “studio” sensibility to the site; a look and feel that’s not quite as “clean” as a gallery, something with personality in every element, but something where the work and the perspective of the work is very much at the center of the narrative. I think the great thing about working with art here is that it already has its own perspective (one way or another). I’ve just got to frame that perspective in a manner appropriate for not only the site, but also for the artist’s purposes.
Another concept (that came up in class actually) that’ll be important is the Golden Ratio. Here’s a Fibonacci Spiral/Golden Ratio that I’ll be starting with. (I’ve got a big pile printed up, I’ll scan in some of my design ideas as they firm up!)
I’ve still got a lot of playing around to do here as well, but I’m envisioning art on the left in the largest section, and narrative/navigational elements to the right and inward, all proportioned beatifully. By the way, if you’re interested in the numbers behind your Golden Design, there’s a great calculator here that’ll convert lengths down by the appropriate ratio. Pretty cool.