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Erika Pham Photography

erikapham.jpg The talented David Corti (AKA Mr. September Industry) has informed me that he just finished up some work for photographer Erika Pham. David designed a sexy business card as well as an elegant and simple site with some interesting navigation.        

11 Comments on "Erika Pham Photography"

  • semioticmonkey says

    mmmm.…beautiful printed work but the web­site vio­lates the abc of the UI design.
    The ‘inter­est­ing’ nav remem­ber me of the old web days when every­one and his mother needed the wow-search-clickeverythingtodiscover nav. Days, luck­ily, gone (except the enter­tain­ment indus­try, for obvi­ous resons). Until today.
    Not every print artist is nec­es­sarly a good web designer. More often the oppo­site.
    Again, con­grat­u­la­tions for the won­der­ful print work.

  • david says

    Mr. Semi­otic Mon­key
    To be hon­est with you I’m not a com­plete spe­cial­ist in Web design and I realise there are rules/standards. What I didn’t want was to dis­tract the eye with the type. I found that includ­ing the menu on the pho­tog­ra­phy caused unwanted dis­trac­tion, so I opted for the hide menu script. Im not against con­struc­tive crit­i­cism and I appre­ci­ate what you have to say. I also appre­ci­ate the com­pli­ments, I guess you can say that print is more my element:)

  • semioticmonkey says

    Some points to remarks (you asked for this :).

    In my opin­ion you don’t have to hide some­thing to have focus on the point of inter­est. An always vis­i­ble navbar give the user a strong anchor to grab for the main task in a web­site UI: the nav­i­ga­tion. You want the user to enjoy your client’s work. How he can enjoy it if he must learn (a short learn­ing curve, of course, but nonethe­less there is one) to nav­i­gate. Doesn’t this dis­tracts him?

    in fact you have to put a warn­ing on the land­ing page to instruct the user. This remem­ber me of a Ikea flyer seen some months ago where it was a strong ‘this is impor­tant. read’ box to point out a fur­ther info box. There is some­thing wrong with this approach.

    I sug­gest you to find a way, you can, to have the nav always there where it belongs and help peo­ple inter­act with the web­site in a sim­ply way. Let them enjoy your design not notic­ing it. The bet­ter UI design is an unob­tru­sive one, an almost invis­i­ble one (from a HCI point of view, of course). In this way i, the user, can enjoy both the con­tent — the point of inter­est — and the web­de­sign — your work.

    But not only the nav is the prob­lem. There are some tech­ni­cal prob­lems too.
    An exam­ple is the 1000px wide fixed lay­out of the land­ing page. The 75% of the users has a 1024px wide res­o­lu­tion mon­i­tor which trans­lates in a roughly 900px hor­i­zon­tal space at your dis­posal to lay out the page. You can use a liq­uid lay­out to accom­mo­date all the con­tent for all the res­o­lu­tions (maybe with a max-resolution set in the css to have full con­trol of the final arrange­ment), if you want.
    A direct exam­ple of the above is my first hand expe­ri­ence. I fol­lowed the aisleone link and on my Mac­Book — and a browser win­dow, as always, not max­i­mized — i have had prob­lems iden­ti­fy­ing the enter link on the far right of the page. I was forced to hor­i­zon­tal scroll to see it.
    The user was forced to adapt him­self to your decision.

    The popup win­dow is some­thing to avoid but in rare cases. More and more peole uses popup block­ers. Be aware of this.

    Avoid the use of inline css (your code, dreamweaver code, is full of these). Thus you will opti­mise the web­site (in load­ing time) and you’ll have a more gran­u­lar con­trol on all the lay­out in a cen­tral space (the css).

    Again, i enjoy your work. i absolutely love the let­ter­ing and, well, all :) and book­marked the page show­ing off your printed work. I hope my remarks can be of some help to put your print tal­ent on a new media. There is always need of good designers.


  • David says

    Your advice is greatly appre­ci­ated semi­otic­mon­key
    thanks again :)

  • David says

    Anto­nio does the black on your screen look a tad bit yel­low? I was look­ing at the blog on a friends Mac and the black didn’t look right, If so, I’ll do a bit of colour cor­rec­tion tomorrow

    Cheers :)

  • Antonio says

    @semioticmonkey — I know what you mean about the trend years ago to hide nav­i­ga­tions. It was really annoy­ing but I think in this case it works well cause it’s sim­ple and it’s hid­den for a rea­son. I really don’t see an issue with it and I kind of like it. The nav is out of the way and you can eas­ily access it when you need it.

    @David — Nope. The black is per­fect on my screen. It could be the color set­tings on your friends machine.

  • semioticmonkey says

    It is your opin­ion Anto­nio. Mine is stated above and the dif­fer­ence is the salt of life :)
    btw, many tnx for your effort. I find always some­thing inter­est­ing and well crafted in your post.

    Per­fect Black on my Mac­Book screen too.

  • david says

    Thank god for that!
    Thank you for defend­ing me Anto­nio :)
    You’re a star

  • Maria says

    I did love the design of the site, BUT i couldn’t find the hid­den menu, there­fore opted for stan­dard site option…if it wasn’t for that I would have thought the site just did not work. I don’t think is a mat­ter of trends as much as straight for­ward func­tion­al­ity. But def­i­nitely the beauty of the design ele­ments kept me intrigue in the site long enough to work it out.

  • p0k3 says

    “Not every print artist is nec­es­sarly a good web designer. More often the opposite.”

    Couldn’t agree more, espe­cially in this case.

  • Jay Soriano says

    David — I LOVE that busi­ness card. How can one go about order­ing a sim­i­lar one from you?