Site documenting Japanese style, art, culture and design. Wrapped in a fun minimal site with small moments of playfulness. Love the header that pops out, and collapses as you navigate the site, and the cool rollovers where the image inside the mask grows but mask shrinks. Fun scroll based animations and light white space layout lets the content shine.
Site of Chinese based designer and coder Du Haihang. Nice exploratory of visual code experiments that play with 3D, textures, and physics. Simple scroll mechanic to go through the experiments, love the transitions and bold type – nicely wrapped up in a minimal interface, fun to play around with.
Created by Du Haihang.
Site documenting various people who live in Tokyo, their lives, and their tips & recommendations for the city. In their own words “a community driven initiative that seeks to establish the modern Tokyojin. We aim to authentically and organically capture, document, and communicate Tokyo’s unique urban culture through the insight and experience of the very people that shape it while redefining what it means to call Tokyo home.” Interesting form of storytelling through in depth journeys. Lovely photography and design, love the blend of inline video and sprinkles of Google Maps that bring the stories to life. Nice transitions and art direction tie it all together to create a compelling experience.
Created by Monopo.
The digital accompaniment of a new book documenting various animals love rituals. Love the minimal pared down approach which highlights various movements and behaviors the animals have – shown simply through moving shapes. Click on the animation and a page split appears and more information is shown. Nice transitions and love the unifying way of displaying the simple animations to highlight the various weird and wonderful ‘acts of love’.
Lovely online magazine site for Lexus Beyond. An app like experience for Lexus – and their magazine – a lot of competitors simply release an app to provide that rich design & user experience, but Lexus have created it all online which is quite a feat. Each article is individually animated and polished to a high degree to give a unique experience. This is all wrapped up in a simple interface which is easy to use and navigate – with nice transitions, layout, and design. Really worth exploring and getting into to see all the nice touches and details.
Site of renowned architect Rocco Yim showcasing his vast range of work. Really nice offset fluid grid that loads in thumbnails highlighting the projects, love the way the animate in and react to rollovers. Great transitions from one project to the next and zooming in/out – really cool. It was some 2 years in the making this site – everything feels polished and well considered.
Site promoting Yomitan village in Japan. Loads of nice interactions, animations, and transitions – all wrapped up in a minimal interface with large photography. Love the automatic scrolling – and the way scrolling occurs within the image masks – the way you you enlarge the images to view the detail. Loads of nice little touches.
Nike MvsW is a Nike+ running competition aimed at pitching men against women in Hong Kong – using their Nike+ data to compare themselves against other people and celebrities. It is all brought together into a minimal data visualisation layout – all in 3d! The graphs are drawn in front of you – you can affect your view by moving your mouse around – quite immersive. Really bold and bright look and feel, (love the login page) great animation and the 3d effect is ultra smooth – great way to bring the concept to life.
Fun site from Singapore promoting Maki-San an eatery selling sushi, wraps, salads and so on. Love the animations and the transitions from each section (the whole page gets wrapped up in roll!) the attention to detail is incredible – all the various sections fun to explore and bringing something new. Also a big fan of the music and sound fx! A really fun and playful site.
A collection of students work from the Hong Kong University – Digital Media Design graduate show. An explorative approach to viewing the pieces, lots of projects moving around with your mouse. I like the infographic chart approach to highlighting the key attributes of the project, nice attention to detail and a fun way to explore without too much detail. All in all it looks great and has really nice subtle animations to bring it all to life.
Incredible detailed site that is like an interactive museum of the old handheld games. I can only imagine the amount of time and effort that has gone into this amazing creation. They have taken high res photos and reproduced the games down to the sounds for each game – really amazing.
Crafted by Hipopotam Studio.
Portfolio of Chinese interactive art director Yong. Using hand made clay models to form the basis of his work it is beautifully realised, from fantastic clay animation to his work realistically modelled onto blocks of clay. Amazing animations, design, and style all coming together to make a fun, beautiful website.
Portfolio of Jongmin Kim, interactive designer and photographer. Nice work in a fresh portfolio, interactive work in a smooth 3d interface, and all his photos plotted by date and location on a map. Loads of cool transitions and animation, interactivity is simple and smart, nicely designed – all in all a good portfolio site with a bit of extra polish that really makes it come alive.
Photographers group in China. Very simple, I like the desaturated grid of photos on the homepage – which all change with time, with pretty slick animations in the zoomed in view. Also love the way the backdrop / icons change when the photo is dark/light, pretty cool.