This week I thought I’d have a look at a few examples of some type inspiration.
Considering I’m not 100% on my idea so far, I thought it would be a good idea to you-know, draw some inspiration.
So one of the things that I’ve found interesting is the fact that we’re literally just making a theme for a website, all that we’re doing is arranging the components and making them look funky-fresh. Being a big typography person I’m a little underwhelmed, but that’s cool I guess.
By the end of this post I would like to have an idea of a colour scheme and a font idea for things like headers and such.
One thing I really like is the look of a beautiful, clean and plain website. I find nothing more visually appealing! Topped off with a hint of retro and I think I’d be on to something! With this in mind I started to have a look-sy on the interwebs.
#1 – Kitchen Sink Studios
What I like about this website is its instant first impression. Apart from a few font issues its actually quite lovely – the layout is easy to read, the colour scheme is nicely linked, it’s not cluttered and it has a very cosy layout – however it still leaves a little to be desired.
Something I really like about this website is the bordering. I’m not usually a big fan of the whole, “oh wow look, it’s a notebook on a desk” idea, but this actually doesn’t look to bad – sort of like a piece of paper on a desk but less in your face.
The lines that separate each block of text are nice, but a bit over used. The smaller text offers a nice break in the text but I feel as if there are way to many of them, and the change in colour is actually off-putting for some reason.
The colour scheme itself is okay – the use of three main pastel colours against a plain background is nice, but they’re not colours I would go for myself – unless they are company colours? Who knows – it’s just a template.
The italics is off-putting, and the font’s don’t really match. But the website layout is quite nice and something to work with.
#2 – Pointless Corp
I love the layout of this website, I especially love the fact that it is unrestricted and the text is not bound to any boxes or other shapes, but simply sectioned in a very subtle fashion. I also like the retro appeal of this website as it is not overpowering but just enough. The type is modern and stacked, a little too far apart for my liking, but hey!
An issue that I am coming to realise is that I want to do all these amazing things with the type, but we are unable to touch the HTML file for this assignment, so this means that I cannot have type that is visually interesting, I can have a line of type – which is guttering if I’m honest.. I also cannot simply replace the type with an image file because I cannot touch the HTML to delete the type, all I can do with this website is style the type in a way that appeals to me, which is become more and more restricted each time I look at the brief…
I do not know what the limitations are with type, I do not know if it can be bent in css – I’m not even sure what the limitations are with fonts but I guess I’ll find out..
So, looking at plain and retro I’ve come to this..
Nothing too flash, but then again the student examples shown that did quite well were not that flash either. I think the idea is to create a website for functionality that is visually appealing, and uncluttered. This is a nice example of this, even though it is too plain for my liking, I see potential to build upon the foundations of such a template, to incorporate my own design idea’s and to give it pizazz and junk.
There are elements of the 10 or so template websites displayed here (http://designwoop.com/2012/04/inspiration-a-collection-of-retro-web-designs/) that I would like to incorporate into my design
A website that I really like the look and overall feel of is http://blindbarber.com/ .
It’s use of minimal colours (black, white and blue) is nice because it makes the website look clean, uncluttered. This is the feel I will be going for – now I just need a topic, right?
What about the style? The background? Well.. what about a chalkboard? Or is that too indie/hipster/funky-fresh?
Well, I like the idea! Maybe I will give it a shot as a style idea as a mock up and see where it takes me. The thing that I’m stumped on is still the fact that I do not have some sort of subject-matter for this website. Flicking through the HTML I am reminded of some sort of ‘for a cause’ website – even though I am not aware that the CSSZG is irrelevant I feel it is still a good building block, like a spark to ignite an idea – charity. Is it insensitive to at this point mention that I am thinking about making up a fake charity? Don’t judge me.
I think I need to sleep on it ..