Week #12

Bailey Lawlor

Entry #40

Sarah Andersen's Art

The website of Sarah Andersen has a very simple yet effective set up, attributable to its simpleness I think. As Andersen's art is very simple, using black and white linedrawings in their comics, with one or two colors used if at all. So opening up the website it isn't surprising to see a white background making up most of the space, with an illustrated headline featuring the artist as she normally depicts herself. Below that is a simple sans-serif menu matching the headline in color, and below this a slideshow setup of the artist's comics. The menu leads the viewer to the artist's about page and then their shop and their patreon, along with a page featuring links to web translations of her comics. Her about page does not feature a picture of the artist, but instead features a gif of her illustrated self. Below that gif she gives a brief description along with a link to her illustrative work, because she explains that she'd like to keep her illustrative work and comic work seperate. At the end of the about page is a list of FAQs. This seperate website like this one is very simple, with some more mature elements and different layouts in order to better lighlight illustration work over comic work. Overall I think it is an effective layout, but I think it could have been cool to see a bit more styling.

sarah andersen art

Entry #41

Lana Jay's Shop

Opening up the shop website for Lana Jay, the layout is really interesting, as it fluidly changes as the window gets larger or smaller. When the window is big enough the logo is placed off to the left of the page next to a slide show of some of the artist's products, and above a downward navigational menu. But when the window gets too small the logo moves the the very top of the page, above the slideshow and the navigational menu becomes a hamburder menu. The menu is divied up into different categories of products, like specialized kinds of prints, charms, jewelry, etc. Then at the very bottom of the home and each subpage is a text box the viewer can type their email into in order to connected to deals and such. And right below this is a link to the artist's instagram. I think the set up of this website, in both layouts, is very effective. One doesn't get lost or confused clicking through, rather they get pulled in and inclined to click in further and browse.

lana jay shop

Entry #42

EllievsBear's Art

Opening up the website of EllievsBear, it has a very distinct visual feeling that matches the artist's work. There is a logo that sits at the top middle of the page, a bar menu below that and above the fold an illustration of theirs welcoming the viewer to the website. Although the image is a little blurry, noticabley around the type, meaning it may be needed in a higher quality. But off to the right of the logo is a list of social media links. Scrolling down a realy smooth, really nice effect is attained, a smooth dissappearance of the orginal image to other works, providing further links to the artist's portfolio subpage and shop, as well as a link to signup for a newsletter and to get in contact with the artist to collaborate. Clicking on the navigational tabs or the links below the fold takes the viewer to clean subpages featuring the artist's work and products. Their About page doesn't feature a picture of the artist. but does feature more examples of their illustration work, including a delightful brown bear in a space suit. They also have a link to message them. Overall I think the website is very effective in presenting the artist's work and their brand, but it does feel a bit impersonal.

ellievsbear art