Archive for September, 2009
For my first website critique, I looked at PixelPress. I chose this website because it represents and stands not only for great photojournalistic work but also for using the internet to present photography in new, innovative ways that have not been possible before.
The home page of the website is structured very simple and clear. A raster of squares contains links to current projects featured on the website and to Fred Ritchins’ new book, After Photography. Tucked away in the upper left corner, making it a little hard to discover on first sight, are links to more projects featured on the site as well as a list of exhibitions available for booking, contributors to the site and the “about us” section. In my opinion, these links could be placed a little more central, as they are easy to overlook.
The single projects are presented in a variety of different ways, each inviting the user to interact with the presentation. The goal of this interactive approach is to encourage “an active dialogue between the author and reader and, also, the subject,” and in my view, this is largely successful. Skilled placement of links, great design and layout and a variety of hyperlinks that invite the reader to learn more about the subject matter characterize each presentation.
The whole website is HTML and CSS based, which drastically reduces loading times and gives the user a greater degree of control over the presentation. One minor flaw in my eyes is that most of the texts used for the layout are image files. Since the design of the shows is often supposed to build up with every click, the reloading of images sometimes results in optical disruptions that can be a little distracting. In one case, a missing image file even corrupts the presentation in that the user cannot read the entire text.
All in all however, PixelPress does a great job in trying out new ways of interactive presentation of photojournalism, and the response in the discussion forum and the comment sections of the projects are overwhelmingly positive. It is certainly a page one should visit when in the process of designing one’s own website.