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    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?

    #155520

    Tosh K
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    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).  

    #155519

    Brandon Reed
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    Check out these sites…

    http://www.bernardtrainor.com

    http://www.big.dk

    http://www.raymondjungles.com/

    http://www.ojb.com/

    I love the image size and the simplicity of these sites…

    #155518

    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.

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    Jamie Chen
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    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.

    #155516

    Visit our website at http://www.jbjc.com, it’s in portuguese

    #155515

    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    SPAM?

    #155514

    Andres F. Pineda
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    Hi Edward,

    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.

    -A

     

     

    #155513

    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.

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