(last edited on April 29, 2014 at 1:27 am)
A buddy IM’d me just now, faced with the unenviable position of having to pick a favorite website out of zillions. I figured I would be just as screwed, but then something popped into my head, and I realized I truly did have a favorite!
It’s HybridWorks, the website of some kind of graphic design studio in Japan.
Why is it my favorite out of many more, um, useful and perhaps informative sites? Well…this is the site that has absolutely the most masterful use of color I’ve even seen online anywhere. There’s not one sour note, colorwise, that I’ve been able to find. I love the boldness of the illustration, and again the use of color gradients is simply outstanding. The artist or artists have a keen grasp of subtle color complements, accents, tone, proportion, and form. And if that isn’t enough, the interaction is crisp and to-the-point, well-sequenced, and mesmerizing to watch. The level of pixel craftsmanship is also very very high.
There are a lot of sites like that, so I think what puts it over the top for me is its baffling and mysterious nature. I find myself drawn into it in a way that is kind of hard to explain, so I’ll just give up and say I just like it unconditionally; that’s a rare and wonderful thing. The site may speak a secret language that only my innermost subconscious thoughts can understand. Take, for example, The iCorn Movie…what the heck is that about? Every time I watch it, though, I am a little bit changed for the better.