The website design for Marlon Blackwell, a Northwest Arkansas-based
architect and friend, needed to somehow speak about Marlon's work in a
unique voice that matched his designs. To accomplish this, we opted to
use the work itself as a foundation for the design.
Taking his then-favorite project, a garage converted into a honey
collection and storage space, we used the idea of projects-as-bees for
the primary navigation, and categories-as-cells for the organization.
All project links hover within cells found on the opening image, and
lead to a new two-square design on click.
Each project page outlines the main ideas behind that design, and
encourages visitors to explore all photos using a magnification lens
which enlarges portions of the image as the cursor moves across.
The Marlon Blackwell website received two website design awards
following its launch, including the 2003 Entablature Architecture
Website Honor Award, and the American Design Awards Gold Medal.