Nice idea - a pain to navigate
Would be cool if to see the imagery you had to "view source"
Brave approach by this UK firm. Like you say, most will think the site is broken or they have done something wrong. It could be a little more friendlier to those who don't know about web design or how websites work...
For me, I love it.
This was such a pain to navigate. I feel bad for being lazy, but couldn't guilt myself into expanding many of the nests.
Love this site. Even though he says he isn't a designer, it is designed perfectly. He gets across the idea that he is a coder bringing designs to the web. The navigation is simple enough for the intended audience. It shows off some of the skills that he has and doesn't distract from the real work. I would hire the guy.
It'll definitely turn away many people, but it's pretty fun.
Just wanted to give a big thanks to the kind comments on here, they have helped justify building the site the way I did. There have been a couple of negatives banded about elsewhere but the overwhelming majority has been positive.
Some notes: Navigation. This was Hobsons choice really, if I made full lines clickable, there would be inconsistency throughout the website, which lines would be clickable? It also wouldn't have been consistent with a coding environment where you indeed have to fold your code this way. I appreciate it is a little tricky to navigate at first but I needed to be true to the concept.
@ Thom S. The code is actually put through a spaceless processor using the Django Framework. The actual front-end code itself is only around 100 lines of html, the majority is generated via CMS.
@ Jim S. Astute observation that everything is available on the homepage. The reason is that there is a lot more content to come, even a blog in this format. The portfolio section has a lot of projects to be added, same with the testimonials. In the future there will just be selected projects and testimonials on the homepage and you will need to go through to the correct section to see the complete works.
Once again, many thanks to all on here for your most valuable feedback and a thanks to Gavin for the invite.
Took a few seconds to realize what was happening, but I like the exercise in creativity. Its unique and novel in that regard.
"The challenge here was for a non-designer(me!) to design a website for the world’s greatest designers(you — maybe?) A pretty tall order by any means. Before we continue, please note that I don’t design at all, I am terrible at it. A 3 year old with an eight-pack of crayola can produce better designs than me."
You pretty much throw visual design observations out of the window at that point...
whole element should be clickable. having to click the tiny + is a usability nightmare.
that and doesn't really serve a purpose. all content is visible on the homepage.
cute concept though.
Love it – although a lot of thought has gone into this has anyone actually had a look at the source code? Needs some tidying up for sure. Or maybe that's the point?
Like the delibrate widow too in the intro copy too
Perfection. As many of you have already said, a pain to navigate, but I have a hard time not loving it.