After two years of organizing art salons in their home, in 2011 Cosimo Ricatto and Hanneke Huisman opened their art gallery in an old garage on the Kostverlorenkade in Amsterdam. I designed the website, wordmark, and window lettering. The website has a responsive design for smartphone, tablet and desktop.
A visual artist from Amsterdam, Iris Kensmil imagines the role of black people in Western history. The brief for her website called to isolate single works in her portfolio. The website allows visitors to filter the archive without creating new visual combinations—that often distract the visual power of a singular item. You could call this ‘Curating the Singular’.
The solution uses archive templates that do not show the image. One is a simple list, the other a grid with works represented by empty boxes. The image is visible only when the mouse enters the box. A click leads the viewer to the full representation of the work with a caption.
Both templates can be filtered by choosing the type of work: painting, drawing, installation, print, etcetera. The list template is also used for the Resume.
The detail view adapts based on the content: image only with a caption in Work, text only like in Reviews, or both in Exhibitions. Texts can have a carousel of images on top. The layout adapts across devices, and interactions also work on touch displays.
A teaser one page responsive website for the annual report of Woonbron – a large housing corporation from the Netherlands. The page gives an overview of the core annual statistics. An interactive infographic shows housing properties divided by type in the five main regions. The central text contains four interviews with stakeholders. PDF versions of the printed reports can be viewed in a digital reader. I applied several one page website techniques: among them CSS animation, an anchor-based top menu, smooth scrolling. The website is typeset in an embedded version of TheSans by LucasFonts.
Cascade is a corporate design agency in Amsterdam. While I worked there I designed several iterations of the website. The current version has a responsive front end for smartphone, tablet and desktop. We used a Mobile First strategy for this, and were able to improve on the desktop version by focusing on the essentials.
We started with the main content of the site: the project portfolio. For the smartphone we chose an image carousel to encourage swiping.
The mobile pattern we used improved the desktop version. Tests showed that users found it a more intuitive solution than the lightbox pattern we used previously. A collapsible menu for the smartphone and tablet versions keeps the main emphasis on the content.
As a theatre/co-production platform Het Veem Theater supports young international performance makers in developing their work. The design for the website references their discours based practice through a predominantly textual interface. Central to that is the programming, which consists of regular performances and festivals, but also special multi day events and a production archive. We designed the templates for this in several iterations. As a result usability for visitors was increased, while the staff was served by a bespoke WordPress theme utilising several custom post types and fields.
Tracing the Mother Key honors the beauty of the homeless face. Spending almost a year with homeless people who live in an Amsterdam Salvation Army shelter project called Domus, Emily Kocken made portraits in her studio in the same high-rise. Building up a relationship of trust, a group of regular models developed, who actually invited her more and more into their rooms.
2010 Design Photo book, 20x25cm, 120 pages
Hardcover with dust jacket
Photography and text: Emily Kocken
Hollandia is a historic warehouse and rice mill in the Dutch Zaanstreek, which today is used as an office space. The website provides information about its history and shows many images of the characteristic building.