TASK: (direct quote) "Build a basic, single-page site for Chris Colfer’s debut novel. Just something we can link ads to".
I don’t like to do “basic”, especially when I’m designing something myself, and I certainly don’t like to build things “just to link to”. What’s the point of doing all that work if no one sticks around? But I’m not paid to give lessons on the purpose of websites, so the whole task aside, I knew the author’s notoriety would bring it a lot of teenage traffic, and if high school taught me anything, it’s that I care A LOT about what teenagers think.
The whole parallax scrolling trend in web design was juuust starting to peek, and since I always like to show up late to a trend, I took a stab at it.
(Falling kids + moving clouds) x scrolling effect = STICKINESS
Proof via Twitter:
Then I slapped on an animated intro using Adobe Edge Animate (known as just Edge Preview before it was cool) and I aimed for awesomeness…
Not entirely sure I reached it, but someone with the word “pervert” in their username thought so….
Hear that webby awards?!
RESULT: As with most parallax sites, it’s a bit of a slow load, but I think all of his fans were happy. Who am I kidding though? Chris Colfer’s fans adore him so much they could have linked to his wikipedia page and they’d gush…
But CLEARLY it didn’t stop me from trolling through twitter to seek approval from teenagers.
"So much win." Putting that one on the cover of my portfolio.
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