Mark Boulton Design

Mark Boulton Design

(14) Posted by Alex Giron on Jul 7, 2007


GravatarOn July 7, 2007 10:45 AM Panagiotis Karageorgakis said:

Nice, clean, but too simple. I'd like to see some subtle graphic here or some nice color combo there to spice it up. The grid system is quite evident; so evident that I feel like pressing to view guides on top of the web page (as if it's a work in progress in Photoshop).

IMHO this is one of those websites that people with a good reputation in design dare to deploy and get praised because of their name and respect they get from their judges. One of those too minimal versions, that if deployed by a smaller or not-so-known design studio would end up being neglected as not original / too simple.

I'm pretty sure that a replica of this website exists in many web designer's draft designs either before it got enriched by more graphic elements (an early draft) or before it got abandoned as an idea being too simple to stand-out.

Well, that's just my opinion.

GravatarOn July 7, 2007 1:39 PM Billee D. said:

While I do appreciate and admire the work that Mark does on his client projects, this site is a little too sparse for my tastes. Even adding his little icon as part of the masthead would add some graphic flair. And though I do respect Mark, this is just too simple for my tastes and even (IMO) somewhat unimaginative. :-(

GravatarOn July 9, 2007 5:30 AM Kari Pätilä said:

The focus seems to be on typography and grids, as one might expect. The top half is nice, clean and very easy on the eyes, but the bottom 50% is somewhat less interesting.

GravatarOn July 10, 2007 1:14 PM Colin said:

Well, the fact is: this design is effective and somewhat unique. Nothing wrong with that. I'd argue that it's really not that simple at all. There is detailed attention to type, grid, white-space, etc.

I love how many font variations he's got on span.amp. My comp ends up with Goudy and it looks nice.

GravatarOn July 10, 2007 3:55 PM Shane Helm said:

The site has issues in Safari, so why does it make the list?

GravatarOn July 10, 2007 7:49 PM Ken said:

A little too minimalist to be considered beautiful in my opinion.

GravatarOn July 11, 2007 12:15 AM Fouad Masoud said:

i think i left a comment around here, looks like someone didn't like it!

GravatarOn July 11, 2007 1:01 AM Klaus said:

Sorry, but this ist too simple in my opinion, AND it does not validate.

GravatarOn July 11, 2007 12:57 PM Billee D. said:

@Klaus: The XHTML validates, but it does not pass WAI. What were you referring to?

I agree that it does make nice use of whitespace and a grid-based design, but I thought that it was a little too "sparse" for my tastes. As I stated earlier I typically enjoy Mark's design work. Just not this time...

GravatarOn July 12, 2007 11:30 AM Ash said:

Sure the big names do this on purpose hehe, Inmann for eg. Gets people talking...

GravatarOn July 13, 2007 3:24 PM Klaus said:

@Billee D.: the errors are fixed now
(unclosed cite-tags in the menue)

GravatarOn July 16, 2007 6:15 PM A said:

Been a while since you guys updated!

GravatarOn September 5, 2007 4:55 AM dan johnston said:

too simple / sparce.
3/10 for creativity.

GravatarOn May 8, 2008 12:48 PM NEO said:

the name fits the design perfectly, i like it, minimalistic but just enough

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