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Jul 1, 2011

WebsiteSchirmer1.jpg Lynn Schirmer's website

Lynn Schirmer gets my kudos award for best website.
Four things you need to be acutely aware of when designing a website:
 visual design,
 information design, 
 navigation design,
 back end design.


This site nailed it. There’s no big files or piggish flash loading making you wait. WYSIWYG! There is no splash page before you get the goods. No chance you get to the name and leave and not see the work. Conceptually, all the colors and design elements carry it through. The information is relevant.

Here’s one of Lynn’s other pages. Still beautifully simple.

Here are some other well designed sites you can visit. They don’t all have all four things going for them the way Lynn’s does, but each one is very good and has some nice things going for it.


Emil Alzamora


I like the extreme simplicity.

Clare Kuo


Betty Tompkins



Tracy Boyd



Tracy has a couple of brilliant ideas. On her home page she has her artwork scroll through in relation to a human body so a visitor can get a sense of scale. She has her artwork scroll on her home page like Lynn does
And her categories are smart, installation views are very important.


David Webster


Finally, a break from all this incessant white!


Robert Hargrave


I typically steer clear of splash pages, but for Robert, it works.


Inside the Haiti Earthquake


This is not an artist’s page and would be much too complicated as such, however, I think that the type treatment is very sensitive.


Alan Fulle


Very smart information hierarchy.


Ida Applebroog


Resa Blatman


Mary Ellen Carroll


Marlene Sarroff


Salon 94


Here's another one: Laura Elkins

If you have other suggestions, I’d love to see your links.

Category: Art Business

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Posted by KVrijmoet on
Woah! I'm really loving the template theme of this website. It's simple, yet effective. A lot of times it's hard to get that perfect balance between usability and visual appeal. I must say you have done a great job with this. In addition, the blog loads super quick for me on Firefox. Excellent Blog!
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