A few weeks ago I launched a new website in collaboration with a very talented friend of mine for his literary series, Hobbes Journal.
I was approached to create a destination to download the .PDF-based poetry journal. What resulted was a simple, one-page website with a clear call-to-action. But for me, the project was an exercise in creating fun, unexpected interactions and trying new things.
Check out the website now, and don’t forget to download the PDF.
With a basic premise established, it made sense to keep the experience straightforward and concise. See the cover, get some background information, and download. That doesn’t mean it has to be boring though!
Since this was a personal project, I used this opportunity to experiment with different techniques. With the popularity of tablet devices and the possibilities available with new technology, the way we interact with the web is drastically changing. I find myself constantly trying to figure out how people are doing what they do. Some of my favourite experiences on the web are when I’m surprised and delighted by unexpected interactions. I might scroll down and have elements fly onto the page or see things animate as I jump between sections.
With this project, I tried to incorporate those subtle, pleasant interactions. For example, when you scroll down the page, instead of moving down the canvas, another section comes up over the existing section.
This is also the first project I’ve built that is responsive, for an optimized mobile experience. So, you know, you can read about heartbreak and stuff wherever you go.