So my company is updating our website. We're looking for something more eye-catching, but still informative and easily navigable.
What are the best LA / Urban Planning / Design websites you've seen? What are some great examples?
Ours... when i'm done with it, j/k. Adobe Muse has made it much easier to build your own. I must say that the gap between the large screens firms use in house and tablet presentations makes it a tad more difficult than five years ago.
There seems to be two schools of thought on scrolling vs no scrolling; some try to keep everything visible on a "standard sized" screen which no one seems to extend beyond 1200 dpi wide (except the "stretch to fit"); others embrace scrolling (MVVA for one makes you scroll and scroll and scroll).
The ones that are easy to navigate are pretty standard, not too graphically endearing; but the "creative" ones seem to be not very intuitive. I'd actually look to architecture offices, they tend to have better ones (KPF & Centerbrook are 2 that are more current and nice).
Great Ideas guys, thanks!
I notice a running theme- heavy on the imagery, light on the text. It works for our profession I think- draws the viewer in, intrigues them... website as storefront window- lots of dressing and display. It takes extra clicks to walk in and figure out the details of the product.
On the other hand, businesses can't ignore the importance of Search Engine Optimization. And for that, text speaks louder than words. I think it would be worth if for members of your company to write informative articles for posting at the least. You have to also talk up the profession.
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As others have prior stated, Architectural Offices do seem to have quite elegant websites.
One of my all time favorite has been OLIN [http://www.theolinstudio.com/] for its simplicity, layout, color scheme and way they represent their project scale.
On the negative side, 80% of their website runs on flash (Please, stay away from flash); but they have figured a way around to bring live content to their users via blog, which they have made their primary page.
Most importantly, apart from a beautiful website make sure it is mobile ready and responsive.
I tend to agree- how much business do our websites really generate from people who are window shopping? From people who stumble across them? I think the majority of visitors to our site already know who we are and are looking for authenticity or additional information.