Opening up the website, it's immediately very noticeable that it's very simple but very pleasing. With a white background, and simple, thin, black type it open up the page and puts the illustrations depicted on the home page immediately foreward. Their website is very easy to navigate with a directional menu that keeps at the top of the page and a layout that is consistant between pages. Their About page is short and to the point, with a kind image of herself next to her informations. She includes a quick blurb about herself, contact information and social media as well as her work experience. And clicking onto her illustration and other work pages she employs a simple layout. And with her Illustration, mousing over each of the images a title pops up over it and the viewer can click on it. After clicking on it the image pops up bigger as well as little arrows at the top of the page that allows the viewer to click left and right to get to the other works on a slide presentation-like format. I think it would be nice though to have more information included with each of the works, some context behind each. As well, the footer seems to only include a simple copyright label.
Gallery Gerard is the co-gallery website for the married couple, Justin Gerard and Annie Stegg Gerard. Opening up the webpage the immediate immpression I get is that there is a lot, at least compared to some other examples of portfolio websites covered previously in this notebook. Even other websites that included stores, like Faunwood's, was very simple in comparison. Not to say that the effect is bad, even with the extra content the page seems navigable. And thinking about it, it would make sense that there may be more content to a website when that website is featuring two artists compared to just one. And so I think that with that in mind this website is very clean in it's design that accommodates both artists. With a shared logo for the gallery, everything appears on a white and grey format, making everything appear very soft, as well as making the work stand out all the more prominently. The portfolio tab featured in the top menu when moused over has a drop down menu featuring both of the artists names. This makes sense to me, so that when clicking on the menu tab you aren't forced to click on something else to get to the featured artist's artwork, you're made to pick between the two from the get go. The only thing that throws me off slightly are the last two directional tabs: The Moonlit Vale and Halcyon Garden. Neither feel like they need their own tabs on the main menu bar. I feel like they could either be dropdown menu apart of the store or portfolio.
Pulling up the website it is a very very very minimalistic website. Possibly one of the most out of all of the portfolio websites I've ever seen. But that's not to say that it's not still nice in it's own ways. I enjoy the color palette and the large formatting, making everything extremely clear and easy to read. The artist's includes a self-portrait of himself, giving the viewer a image for the viewer to relate to him as well as an intriguing example of his work. And next to it the artist gives us the bare minimum of information, along with social media and other contact information, making things straight to the point. Although I do take issue with the fact that the About Me tab is slightly redundant. Because it simply refreshes the page you were already reading. And even if you were to use it to get back to home, the other two tabs don't appear to give you the need or the option to click on it again. As clicking on "resume" opens up an entirely new tab with a pdf of the artist's resume, and clicking on "Board Sample" opens up a greyed out page with a password inserter. Which as well I don't find very beneficial if a potential client or employer is browsing through and wants to see your work, they need a password to view it. And it doesn't seem very likely to me that they would reach out to an artist without a better impression of the artist's work being worth it. The only link to view their work is from their social media pages linked in the About. Luckily though, he posts often and with lots of great examples of his work on said pages. The page also does appear to be effectively responsive to the differing sizes of the window.