Scott Saunders is a very active new media artist located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He develops large scale works for gallery’s and public installation, and participates in many art festivals. As a successful artist, curator, and application composer, Scott has a high output of work, and as such needed a site that could grow and expand along with this practice.
Much of Scott’s work is presented and activated at night, so it made sense for his website to use a darker scheme than many of my other sites. Using a dark grey background instead of black really allows the images to pop. The navigation is simple using only two sections throughout: works and info. This creates a left/right balance throughout the site, reinforced by the line that extends from the top of the page. The homepage features animated menu expansion, as well as hover-over preview images. On the site pages, the menu moves to the top of the page, and as it expands to accommodate Scott’s work list, the line element animates with it, pushing down the content section when running out of vertical space. This is smooth, intuitive, and surprising. It’s an interesting solution for your common sub-menu overlay that ends up eclipsing some of your content.