Monday, December 20, 2010

Large Images Make Photographer's Site an Effective Showcase

Photographer Miikka Skaffari creates dramatic and artistic photos pf people, places, and objects.  His website,, is devoted to showcasing his work with large images and very little text. 

The site features the usual About page, contact info, social networking links, and even a blog, but the focus is clearly on the beautiful large photos. The images are so striking, I couldn't resist going through every photo. Congratulations to Miikka on a very effective presentation of his work.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Illustrations Enhance Website

Last week we looked at a very simple site designed to showcase the artist's work.

In contrast, illustrator Junior Shelver has created an illustrated background for his site,, and uses additional illustrations within the site to...  well...  illustrate his art.

The site includes all the basic features:  gallery pages, artist bio, and contact info, plus a blog and a guestbook.  There are social networking links (Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, etc) on all pages, but it is the design and illustration that  really make this site work as an effective marketing vehicle for Shelver's work.

Monday, December 6, 2010

It's all about the work on Chris Anderson's site

The home page of Chris Anderson's website,,  is dominated by a large slideshow featuring his stunning nature photography.

The Recent Work and Galleries sections feature good-size thumbnails, which lead to large, high resolution images, each with a title, show description, and "Buy Print" button.

There are the usual Profile and Contact pages, but  the bulk of the site is focused on simply showing Anderson's work and letting it speak for itself.  The neutral background and simple design make the photos really stand out.

As we've seen in the past, some of the best websites don't try to draw attention with elaborate designs of fancy features...  and Chris Anderson's site is a great example of this strategy.