One Page Sites Part 5
5th edition — by Patrick McNeil — Aug. 2, 2006
The Design Element
Since this is one of the most active topics I decided to try a bit of a
different approach, I am going to highlight some of the samples that stand
out to me in a different format and offer some of my ideas about them. This
sounds pretty much like what I always do ironically, but I have less of an
overall point, and am offering more of a commentary on a select group of
Samples Of Note
Once you visit this site I believe it will
be rather obvious what stands out to me. It is a bit strange how you have
to find the links to get you to the next section of the site, but it works
pretty well. As always I am a sucker for inventive and new ideas.
This sample is similar to the previous in that it is
broken down into chunks that could have been separate pages. I think putting
all the content on one page in this case was a smart decision. There isn't
enough content to justify a bunch of pages, but the content that is there
is broken into manageable chunks that keep the user from being overwhelmed.
In many this "one page" site is kind of cheating, the
iframes technically contain multiple pages, but it is really presented as
a single page. The neatest thing about this design is how it lets you select
what you want to see, again avoiding loosing the user in the mass of information.
Interesting that a multi page site does exactly that but in a larger way.
The content they cycle through is much smaller making a single page a good
I see a theme going here, again this site hides loads
of content in smaller sections. The audience for an individuals portfolio must
be limited, a single page beautifully crafted is a wonderful thing. I love
how I pick out what I want to see and I get an ear full!
I will restrain from repeating myself too many times.
This one has appeal on a new level. It feels so much more substantial then
a single page. The impact created with the beautiful design is powerful. This
page was lovingly created and speaks volumes regarding the individuals attention
to detail and quality of work.
A fresh approach to a gallery of portfolio items can be
have an interesting pile of characters. There is no reason work of other kinds
couldn't be presented more creatively. This is one of those think outside the
box kind of sites that do so with out making for an impossibly complicated
The Above Creative site has a similar appeal. I like how
they have made the photos of business cards and web sites far more interesting
by giving them a depth of field type effect. This shouldn't be to hard to
implement in PhotoShop but adds a beautiful touch.
I believe this is my favorite of all the one page sites
in this round. One beautiful thing stands out to me, not only is the site one
page, but it is one screen. Now this will vary depending on your screen size.
The beauty in this is the author has been concise, the concept taken to its
most literal and useful extent. All of the essential elements are there. None
of the fluff.
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One-pagers will be the hit of the 2006!