Design Focus

Design Focus: Studio Duos

This week we’re looking at sites that are designed around the people who make them and happen to in twos. The concept of dichotomy is still present, but this time you don’t have to choose.

Designs of the Week

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These Are Things

These Are Things

Love the illustrations and the way the boy and girl travel through them making for deconstructed scenes representing each portion of their site, with each graphic object sliding in parallax. So one second they’re on a hill, then they get new clothes like paper dolls in the studio, and get framed inside a book. It’s cute and imaginative in a familiar but still fresh way.

Mickey & Johnny

Mickey & Johnny

This one takes the polar opposite,  minimalist studio approach. The symbol in between the two names morphs into different ones as it waits for you to click on a name. This displays his body of work linearly, while the respective navigation menu stays his edge of the screen. I like the straightforwardness, but one problem I encountered was that when I played a video from one artist and moved to the “other side” to play another, it would not stop.

Iron to Iron

Iron to Iron

I like the recurring diamond shapes and the way content / links are presented as half and half. I also like logo slider serving as portfolio navigation on each page and how the framed screenshot also scrolls as you go down the page—though it could also be considered confusing because two layers are moving at once and at different speeds.

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