16 comments | Posted: 5 May 06 in Featured, by Nathan Smith
<?php echo 'faith'; ?> (Geek humor, couldn’t resist)
I have been a long-time fan of Jesse’s work, and really liked the look and feel of his previous design. I will admit that I am always a bit in awe of (and a bit jealous of) people who can really pull off the “wicked worn” look convincingly. Others describe my personal style as “clean,” but that’s just because I’m too chicken to do a more organic looking site, lest it come across as artificial. The one thing that kept me from featuring his previous site here was an image map in the header, which he has since done away with (sorry, I’m nit-picky).
In so doing, he has also kicked the rest of the site up a notch. I love the way that the body background sort of flows throughout the whole of the site, like a wild and untamed force of nature. I am also quite fond of the way he has worked the skyline of Seattle into the overall design. The contrast between the golden cityscape and the deep blue of the rest of the site draws your eye pleasantly towards the header, without it being an eye-sore. The backwards “F” is also very eye-catching, creating reverse symmetry with the “E” in his logo.
He sums up the pupose of his site well, in three lines: “Faith, Design, A Relevant Life.” I also really dig the unconventional Project 1001 section of his site, in which he endeavors to accomplish 101 goals in 1001 days. It’s a cool way of both self-motivation and accountability, by making it public for people to help cheer you on. All in all, this version is a very nice re-design. If you’d like to read more about the process that went into it, check out his article here.
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