British museums and their blogs

Today I am comparing two designs of two blogs of two art galleries/museums in London. The first is that of Tate Modern, one of the most well-known modern art galleries in the world. Its blog is well structured and easy to navigate, with a four column structure and a short description of each post accompanying each photograph. On the left is a sidebar with list of topics and series’ of blogs.

Screen shot of the blog of Tate Modern art gallery

Tate Modern

Now we compare the blog of the British Museum. It features a single column of never-ending content to scroll through, which is mind-numbingly dull to look at. Even when a topic is selected from the drop-down menu above the content, only one more column is opened up which is filled with badly organized related categories.

Screen capture of the British Museum blog

British Museum

So the moral of this story is: if you have a lot of content and posts, like these sites do, the site is much more engaging when organized into a few columns and with minimal copy on the home page, allowing the user to easily spot items of interest.

A few good…Portfolio Sites…

Today I am taking a look at a couple of portfolio websites, for the following reasons: a) a class assignment, b) inspiration, and c) jealousy. The website awwwards.com maintains a list of excellent portfolio sites, which I aspire to be on someday! Here are two sites that caught my eye.

David Boyero portfolio site

David Boyero portfolio site

This site demonstrates an excellent use of flat design. The colours used are eye-catching and unique, with the addition of minor interactive tidbits that keep you interested and engaged, moving your mouse around the page to see if anything else changes. The illustrations are minimal but well done, very much in keeping with the page design.

fixate screen shot

Fixate Web and Design

The home page of Fixate Web and Design caught my eye immediately. The individuality demonstrated by the simple black-on-white line drawings creates an immediate intimacy with the designers, as if you were seeing directly into their creative minds.

So there we are! A couple of portfolio concepts for your visual snacking pleasure.