Greenfield Belser 2017 Annual Review

Greenfield Belser has been a Finn Partners company for almost two years. This year we are adopting the new Finn brand style we created for the firm that is on the second spread of our book. That’s exciting for all of us here at Finn, but that’s hardly all that has been going on this past year. Really, it is impossible to say we love the work we did for one client more than another, but our goal is always to show you a balanced portfolio—across sectors with firms of varying sizes located all around the country. Read more here.

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Almost Anything: An Evolution in Website Design

By Jenny Rain
January 24, 2016
Almost Anything: An Evolution in Website Design

Whenever I ask our developers if we can do something on our website, their response is always the same. “Of course! We can do almost anything you would like us to on a website!”

As a client, this response delights me. As a creative agency responsible for setting the warp and woof of web design, I find myself asking:

Is our ability to accomplish “almost anything” in website design a GOOD thing or does it render design standards obsolete?

Freedom in web-design means we are consistently challenging ourselves as designers to think beyond the limitations of yesterday’s design trends. This can be a great starting point as demonstrated by the following sites. Example one expands our views on how we can creatively use navigation.

Joun Construction

Example two uses oppositional vertical scrolling to guide users through a menu of amenities (graphic two). Each menu item is highlighted by a descriptive background graphic and also uses iconography to help the user remember which amenity they are viewing.

level website page 1

If you hover over the up or down right menu items, the icon for the next/previous menu shows up (graphic three).

level website page 2

level website page 3

The antithetical view of “anything is possible in web design” is that a lack of agreed upon standards — either by the larger design and development community — or within an agency can lead designers and developers into the land of ineffective and confusing UX.

We’ve all seen sites that have struggled to keep effective navigation at the forefront, thus leading users to scratch their head wondering “how did I get to this page and how to I get back?” All of us have run into those types of websites.

So is the answer open standards or freedom within a framework? Discuss below in the comments.