There was a time when web design was this new and exciting platform. I sort of saw myself getting in while the getting was good – using my artistic flair and sense of design to make radically new and exciting websites. And it was all possible thanks to this miraculous new innovative web platform:
There was a time when it seemed like animated content and immersive interactive web experiences were all people wanted. In a way they were right to want that, the problem was we all had to settle for Flash. And that meant building entire websites using Flash, openly mocking how limited and quaint html/css only sites were. I’m not going to go into why all of this was wrong, but chances are you aren’t a regular user of very many of these websites these days.
Anyway my final project proposal in my web design integration (or whatever it was called) course was this:
You can interact with it! and if you click the le velo: jamais en greve section – enjoy the amazing transition! Yeah…
It is a website for the city of Paris promoting the bicycle as means of transit. A promotional tool that would serve as a public service: news, information, guides and tutorials, interactive maps, forums, etc etc.
I think it was pretty cool for the time. You should have seen the crap that the pro-cycling movement was putting on the web. This was before the hipster/fixie/bike culture thing went mainstream. I wasn’t really going for that audience anyway. I was just trying to make cycling this easy and accessible thing – kind of a modular public transit. Years later Paris did successfuly implement a bike sharing system, velib, which I love.
Anyway some other screen shots, since I didn’t actually make the whole thing:
The News section (1)
The News section (2). Note the hide-able navigation bar.
I was pretty proud of that damn collapsable menu bar thingy…
Anyway, the interactive map thingy. Probably harder than I made it look, right Apple?
Follow the green line people! Avoid the cobblestone streets. Piece of cake.