Thursday, May 08, 2008

Pens, pencils and pixels

A couple of years ago, whilst judging at an award show, I was really taken by a website that appeared to have been created with some note-paper and a ballpoint pen.

it just seemed so fresh, organic and for want of a better term, unweblike.

These days hand drawn websites seem to be everywhere.

Not exactly commonplace, but definitely becoming quite common.

Inspiredology has recently showcased a selection of gorgeous hand drawn websites.

26 to be exact. Although I'm sure there are literally thousands of them out here

Click here to go and check them out.

There's plenty of fresh thinking on offer.

Much more interesting and engaging than the typical 2008 style website, where every thing is ever so neatly compartmentalised into grids and boxes.


Anonymous neilperkin said...

Nice. Jeff Bridges website uses this technique (and has a rather good selection of random links)

5:53 AM  
Blogger Stan Lee said...

Thanx Neil. I'm also a fan of 'The Dude's' website.

7:25 AM  
Anonymous mike lind said...

And in the ad world check out the website for Abbott Mead Vickers

Such a beautiful hand drawn site.

BMF australia also has a hand drawn site, but I personally prefer AMV's execution.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Stan Lee said...

I remember the launch of the AMV site back when I was working in London.

All the work was presented as sticky notes. Obviously there was no video online back then.

Nice to see they've stuck with that approach, even if the ads are now real rather than scribbles.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous mike lind said...

Yeah, I remember the original site and I also preferred it. At the time it was the freshest thing on the web.

1:12 PM  
Anonymous mu said...

They're a variation on the "paper bag" style. Interesting, if sometimes difficult to navigate.

12:12 AM  
Blogger David MacGregor said...

I'm drawn to drawn things. It is fascinating how quickly things that were once quirky and original become part of a genre - even down to the style of typography. Like all things I think it is important that the execution style supports and enhances a strong idea.

9:11 AM  

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