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April | 2009 | NICE!

Monthly Archives: April 2009

Tailoured by England – Umbro

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Tailoured by England - Umbro

Site promoting the new England football shirt. This site goes for the angle of showing the craftsmanship and history of the England shirt, how the design has changed over the ages and how it is today. Nicely designed to reflect the shirt the site itself is well crafted – you move your view around a nice 3D area with the different sections of the site located in various places, your perspective changing swiftly through the scene. I like the rotating view of the new shirt with the different features highlighted – with a really nice panning detailed photo of each feature. The site also looks great, lots of nice touches and cool buttons, all with that ‘hand crafted’ look which the site is aiming for. Great animation and transitions and nice use of 3d, draws you into exploring all the different sections of the site, pretty cool…

Created by Perfect Fools and Anomaly.

Website here…

Uniqlo Zoom

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uniqlo zoom

New Uniqlo website, best described by their incredible agency tha ltd, “A campaign website for Uniqlo’s 2009 UT Spring/Summer Collection has been launched. Just like the TVCM, the website features some of the main T-shirts of the collection in an endless zoom.” So we have a nice endless zoom feature, similar to the ‘zoom quilt’ of the past, except this time we zoom into Uniqlo’s range of t-shirts. Featuring photography and video, you use your mouse scroller to control your direction and speed (or let it scroll automatically). I like the fact when you view the videos your scroller controls the speed of the video – nice touch, also love the high resolution photos and the overall style. Also love the ‘homepage’, a constantly scrolling view of each of the photos, when clicked take you right to that item – also well integrated to the Japanese online shop. Again lots of nice animation and small touches – all set inside a simple interface which is clear and easy to use…  Cool!!

Created by tha ltd.

Website here…

Inside Piet

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inside piet

Mental old school Flash site of Piet Dewijngaert, a Flash guy from Belgium. Featuring lots of nice touches this site harks back to the old days of experimentation and weird interfaces, kudos to the guy for using it in his professional portfolio! Love all the bits of interactivity, transitions and animation.  

Website here…

The Toke

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the toke

Portfolio of Darek Nyckowiak, Polish Flash guy. Some interesing use of 3d to show off his projects, giving the option of viewing his work in 3 ways, nice animation and interactivity, all presented in a clean, easy to use way.

Website here…

26000 Vodka

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2600 vodka

Beautiful site of 26000 Vodka, a vodka from New Zealand that is made from water which is 26,000 years old. Really well designed, a lovely interface, and simplicity at it’s core. Your navigation is presented with droplets of vodka, freeze framed in a 3d interface along with the main navigation, your viewpoint pans and tilts as you move your mouse – all giving a nice perception of depth. Each of the sections have a similar effect and navigation highlighting it’s ingredients, recipes, downloads and so on. You pick up small facts and info along the way, between each section are short questions (relating to 26,000 years) or ‘vodka secrets’.  I love the play with the depth of field and the subtle 3d, which is not intrusive or detractive. As you navigate the site you feel inspired by the subtle interactivity and simplicity of the whole thing. Even the age check is done nicely, lot’s of attention to detail, nice animation and transitions, great sound design, and mostly you come away feeling enchanted and learning something about the product… fantastic.

Created by Resn.

Website here… 

Hello Monday

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hello monday

Portfolio site of Danish agency Hello Monday. Draggable strips featuring images from each of their projects, you zoom in/out of these to see more about each project. Nicely done full screen site that allows you to drag around everywhere, some really nice projects in here also. Together it all provides a slick overview of some nice projects with a nice interface…

Website here…

Thomas Schmidt Photography

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Thomas Schmidt photo

Nice and simple site of photographer Thomas Schmidt. Really like the full screen photographs that sit side by side that you just slide through by clicking the arrows or by using your arrow keys. Divided into 3 main categories the menu is kept very simple and with a nice touch it is on a ‘difference’ blend mode so is always visible. I like the way when you reach the end of the portfolio it zooms all the way to the beginning again…

Created by Andrea Mittmann and Andrew Sinn.

Website here…

The Realm – Cisco

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the realm

Site promoting Cisco System’s security. Desperately trying to make IT security interesting, this site has some pretty nice content… Well polished comic book characters play out scenes in which people’s IT security is in danger… But what I really like about this site is the really nice buttons/rollovers/video players/transitions and so on. The design also feels very fresh and modern with well considered typography and layout – very similar to the Nike.com. But really the attention to detail is quite superb, there is also a lot of content to go through, one of the nicest video players i’ve seen, you just feel that every part of this site has been well crafted and coded. One of the best pieces of Flash work i’ve seen for a while…

Created by Ogilvy West and Your Majesty.

Site here…

Soft Whiteroom

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soft white room

Portfolio of Swedish agency Soft. Another 3d portfolio, but this one is also pretty cool, with a good parallax and feeling of depth, with elemtents of the design on different layers, and the mouse controlling your viewing angle. Nicely designed and good attention to detail which livens up the archetypal ‘portfolio’ site, pretty cool…

Site here…