John Silver, Pacific Northwest designer and artist launched
his new site in April 2004 after four years of sitting on
ideas and scraping
more than two-thirds of them. "I always knew I wanted a fresh,
clean presentation but without all of the cold sterility
most of the Flash sites I see." John put to use softer colors
based upon a year's worth of psychological research and
the serene palette with a subtle oxidized texture to support
the book art. "I have found that texture instigates interaction.
If it looks touchable it seems to hold the attention of
a bit longer."
"The book was the metaphor I started with." Visiting antique
shops and estate sales is a favorite pastime for John. "I
found one great book and this poor old lady wasn't going to
part with it. It belonged to her late husband. I told her
it was going to be used on a website to display my artwork.
Once I explained that I was not an antiquities dealer who
would just sell it off at a higher price she gave it to me
for free!" The most difficult part was selecting work from
a pool of almost 150 design projects to include in the 18-page
The new site will expand over the next few months to display
even more work. In addition to new art, the navigation will
become a bit more personable. A Special Projects section will
be added as well which will showcase John's music and writing
efforts. Look for updates soon!