This post is a part of my study about graphics and technology that architects use. I keep asking architects many questions about their websites and identity graphics. With this ‘globalisation’ and ‘corporatisation’, many architects have become more conscious about their presence online and graphics as well. While I continue to work on sorting and collecting the graphics, logos, letterheads from the architects, here are ten random websites of Indian Architects that I thought I should discuss and share with you.
In the discussion below the emphasis will be on the looks, functionality, technology used and search engine friendliness.
Animated landing page, very colourful and keeps you engaged for considerable time. Wait for it to load completely and the front page is interactive also. I mean depending upon the position of your cursor on the screen it will show the content.
On negative side, due to use of many images, even for menus, the website takes some time to load. Though the content of the website can be updated from CMS, it certainly lacks some basic Search Engine Friendliness (SEF).
Neat. Minimal and easy to navigate through. It opens with an landing page with random images subtly fading into each other. The major content is based on Flash. Don’t know why? I remember the earlier version of this website which was non-flash and was highly SEF. This new version misses the basic Search Engine Friendly features like URLs and tags, but the text content should be easily readable by Search Engines.
This is based on flash totally and does not give an option of HTML or non-flash version. It doesn’t look like based on CMS. Interestingly, in footer it is mentioned that the site is best viewed in Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator (remember?), but it did work well in Chrome and Mozilla Firefox also. There was a time when black was favourite with Flash animators. Everything from logo to menus and content is animated which may become boring at some stage.
FLASH again. Right-Click and you will also see “Terms and conditions” link, broken at the moment. Conventionally, people would first talk about their office, systems and then projects but on this website, the fluorescent green band on left gives importance to projects and the other information is separately grouped under the list of project categories.
Projects that a category can accommodate seems to be limited to twelve. Any addition to this may result into change in the layout. Again, for any such change or addition, the architect is dependent on the developer of the website as it does not seem to have a CMS.
A multinational architectural firm based in Mumbai, India. The website uses Flash and on landing page gives you an option of either going for a quick presentation or a detailed presentation. Whatever you choose, once you are in it you will have to either click on logo or use browser’s back button to come back to the landing page, just in case you plan to choose the other option. The website looks complete and updated with the content (this is important because many websites I visited were still showing copyright 2006 or so). The content also keeps you engaged for considerable time. Again, looks like for any kind of addition, modification or updation of content, the website depends on the developer / designer.
Flash Intro which allows you to skip to main content. Non-stop Music (I kept the website on while working on this blog 🙂 ). At first, it gave me an impression as if this was a website of some retail store. This website has a corporate look and the layout itself suggests that it uses some sort of CMS. Few things in this website which are missing in above websites include, a site map, newsletter facility and also a space for vendors. Very organised content, easily readable and friendlier for even new visitors.
Based on WordPress CMS, this website uses a ready theme, is fully expandable and easy to upgrade. I am not sure why ‘tags’ section is empty, which could have made it more Search Engine Friendly(SEF). Also, the URLs are also non SEF, which could be achieved in just one-click in WordPress. The “Pages” widget on right was not needed as the same is also appearing on top.
The landing page starts with the matrix of works and people. You can click on works to got to the detail page but the images of people on landing page are not clickable, I did not find any page which talked about people. Based on CMS but Search Engine Friendliness could be improved by simple steps. Not to miss the footer again: It has all social networking logos, unfortunately none of them work or just take you to the home page of the respective social networking service, at the moment.