Gregory Thielker and Robyn Cumming, in regards to their artist websites, both follow a minimalist format. The websites, due to the simple and clean displays, are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also fairly easy to navigate. There are subtle differences that I think make one better than the other that will be discussed in the following breakdown:
*NOTE Robyn Cumming’s website is designed by Wassenaar Design (whose website is ironically not there because it is being worked on)
-Title of site in browser
-Artist name (in caps)
-Image of their work
The title of GT (Gregory Thielker)’s site is ‘Gregory Thielker . com’ I think that simply stating artist name, like in RC (Robyn Cumming)’s site, looks cleaner, but I did see that GT has a blog which is titled ‘GREGORY THIELKER’, which he updates frequently and probably wants his audience to continuously check out more than his artist site.
I find that text in all caps or all lowercase instead of a standard combination of both is preferred in modern/minimalist websites. I find I am attracted to text in all caps… I also write in all caps, so there is a bias there. =]
Navigation bar will be discussed in its own category because it is oh so special…
Both artists chose rather interesting and more recent images of their work. I prefer that the image is not too large that all the content is on one page, it does not require a scroll bar such as in RC, this is because her navigation bar is…well since it keeps coming up let’s give the nav bar some light.
RC’s navigation bar is fixed to the left of the screen and so all the content from other pages is located to the right of the nav bar. This is convenient for pages such as the ABOUT/CV page which contains a long list from her bio. The nav bar stays visible even while scrolling through the content, nice.
I also prefer the vertical positioning of RC navigation bar opposed to GT horizontal bar. As I stated previously, I am partial to all caps, thus another point for RC’s navigation bar.
I do, however, like that in GT’s nav bar the viewer can go back to the main/home/index page, there is a page, Links, for other artist’s sites, and that there are more links to distribute material. GT also has different titles for each link, the view clicks News, the browser is titled News. In RC’s website, it consistently remains her name, I know I get it.
-Titles of series of works listed
-Contact sheets with thumbnails of work
-Images, when clicked, contain title and year
-Navigation with next, previous arrows
GT contains an artist statement for each of his series (nice touch), located on the contact sheet page underneath the thumbnails. Also when clicked on the thumbnails, the contact sheet disappears for a new page that allows the viewer to navigate through the series by clicking next (>>) or previous (<<) arrows and allows the viewer to go back to the index/contact sheet page.
RC also has the navigation with next/previous arrows when images are clicked, but it seems to contain too much of the wrong information. GT’s images when clicked contain information concerning the Title/Year/Medium/Size and RC contains only Title/Year and then random unnecessary information such as ‘Image 1 of 10’ and close or Esc Key… GT’s version is just a lot cleaner and more dedicated to the minimalist format.
Visual Aspects: Links/Text/Colors (or lack of)
-White backgrounds, easy on the eyes, clean, modern, good.
-Clean, readable font
When hovering over the links in RC’s site a dash goes through the words. I think it is kind of cute so I like it, when hovering over GT’s the link fades to a lighter grey. I really like that both artist’s websites don’t have crazy ‘fancy’ font, the text remains clean and simple.
Everything looks great. Each artist’s websites both stem from a modern/minimalist format, but through each artist’s individual content the viewer is allowed to have a proper sense of the artist and their work. Unlike Hamish Fulton’s artist website, which was obviously not designed by him because I met him and I did not relate his website to him… but that’s a different story.