Hey, today I’m going to be analyzing an award winning website to get a better understanding of what exactly a good website needs/looks like. The website I chose to analyze is one featured on http://www.awwwards.com/ http://www.nerisson.fr/ is a website showcasing the work of Art Director and Graphic Designer Jimmy Raheriarisoa, the site has won numerous awards from various sites including the previously mentioned awwwards.com and http://www.thefwa.com (Favourite Website Awards).
From navigating through the site you can easily tell that the motivation style used for this site economic. This is because the site was made to show case and sell the services of Jimmy Raheriarisoa. In addition to the motivation style of the site, I have mixed feelings about what the communication style of the site is. On one hand, the style of it could be informative because the site is informing its viewers of who the site belongs to and what he is offering. However, on the other hand, the style of the site could be interpreted as an entertaining site. What I mean by this is that I think the communication style can be different depending on who is actually visiting the site; but I think that the designer/owner of the site intended it to be an informative site. An example of this site having an entertaining style would be me visiting the site not looking for Jimmy’s services, but instead looking to admire and be entertained by his work.
I can easily see why this site won a handful of “site of the day” awards. The site is very fun to navigate through, there are some issues I have with it but I’ll get to that later. The composition of the site really depends on what page you’re on. With that said it’s still pretty nice. For example, once you go to his site everything looks very organized right off the bat. The same can be said about his “contact” and “about” pages. Both of them have, in my opinion, a very solid composition. However, there is something about his “links” page that I find kind of strange. Maybe I just don’t like things that asymmetrical, like the three different sized characters on the page; I find them a tad bit distracting.
Speaking of his characters, I need to take a minute and say how much I love how Jimmy’s website looks. I really like how he used his work (at least I think it’s his work) to stylize his pages. I think it does a good job of showing off his style and what he can accomplish.
Another thing I like about this website is his use of hierarchy. There’s not a lot to say about this other than the fact that I feel that the site does a good job directing your eyes to what’s most important on the site, that being his work. His navigation menu at the top is still there and very noticeable and there is still the extra stuff at the bottom, but I really like how what really stands out on the site is his work.
The Interactivity of http://www.nerisson.fr/ is great as well. Visitors can interact with a lot of different buttons on the site, including one’s most people wouldn’t even think to click on.
One of the last things I would like to comment on is the colour and contrast of the site. I really like how simplistic he kept his colour palette very sleek and simple. Using mostly black, white and grey while still having some bits of colour. I feel the darker colours also make the site a lot easier to look at for a long time.
One thing that I think should be changed on the site is the navigation. I feel that some buttons on the site blend way too well into the background of the site and may be a little bit hard to notice sometimes. Thankfully there aren’t too many of easily missed buttons on the site.
In conclusion, I can see why this site won awards. It is very well designed both in structure, style, colour, and every other element I mentioned; and It makes me determined to make my site at least have as cool as this one. Thanks for reading!