I’m quite a fan of Animade’s website. Despite it being for a studio rather than a personal portfolio, the structure and the way they display the work appeals to me a great deal.
Their homepage shows a blured, abstracted version of their showreel, dominating the screen with a small bit of text and a button encouraging you to browse their work. The other half of the homepage, once you scroll down, gives you an overview of the company and boasts a range of big-fish clients they’ve worked with in the past. After you’ve read that, there’s a red button begging you to reach out to them and commission a project.
Their work page shows six different videos of varied styles, disciplines and purposes, showing the full breadth of their capability as a studio. But this is just the surface of it. Along the top of the page you can select different tabs that will show you six more examples of specific work from five different areas. Again they have a button inviting you to get in touch.
A feature I particularly like is that the video thumbnails play as you hover over them. Once you click on them, you’re taken to another page where the video is playable in a large format and you can read in depth about the creative process of the project and browse the storyboards.
The rest of the site is easily navigated by a small menu bar at the top right. There’s an about page listing photos of the team and a short description of their mission and values. The notes page is more or less a blog of what they’re currently working on. Then there’s the contact page listing an email, address and phone number as well as a giant google maps plug-in showing the location of the studio.
Animade have made themselves very approachable, giving site visitors many opportunities to get in touch and displayed their work in a very clear and navigable way. It’s a very strong site that leaves you with a very good impression.
This is a very strong portfolio of work presented very simply. The site is headed with a cute looping animation of a duck with a box full of stuff running. His name is fairly modestly written in bold at the top above three page links, work, about and contact.
On the work page, each project is equally presented in a square and arranged 3 in a row all the way down the page. When you click on the squares, you’re taken to a page with the vimeo player embedded and a short description. Perhaps there is too little information about some if it in comparison to Animade, but I suppose it’s enough.
The about page features a large photo of Ben in a Tuxedo smoking by a sign for the Fjord Bar. There’s a modest two paragraphs summing up his personality and his hopes for employment. It tells us more about his personality than his skills. I think this may be because he’s well established in the industry and doesn’t need to prove himself.
The contact page features one line of text and nothing else – the address to his personal email. Need he say anymore?
I’m a fan of this simplicity of the site, but I feel the website of a graduate would leave less to be inferred and make it far more obvious what their skills are. He does not appear to have a showreel on this site.
This particular site is different to the the others I’ve looked at because the homepage is just the showreel and a two sentence bio.
Her work page is very limited, only showing 4 pieces at a time. To me it feels a bit empty, but these are ‘Selected Works’. Again, you can open up a page for each of them with more of a description.
What’s interesting is she has included a drawings section where you can, somewhat confusingly, look around at her drawings. I think it might have been better to just have them all laid out on one page rather than navigate through pages of it.