The Heads of State
The Heads of State, some of the best designers around, have a brand spankin’ new site. Luckily, they’re friends of mine and they let me help out with the redesign. They were very frustrated at first from trying to find a new look for their site (as are most when doing a self-promo site since we designers are often our own worst critics). They spent months planning and figuring out what they really wanted to do. Originally, the bulk of their work was concert posters, but in the last year they have been branching out into other arenas like packaging, editorial illustration, and more. They have worked with many cool clients and hot bands, and were ready to have a site that showcased not only their new work but their new direction. And, those of you who follow PRINT Magazine, will notice they are thoroughly represented in this year’s regional design annual for the Mid-Atlantic.
So, working with them to sketch together a sitemap, I took an initial rough stab at the site’s design. While mine was a good shot, the site structure wasn’t fleshed out enough yet and it wasn’t really what they were looking for (you can view my comp here under Unselected Designs, vol 1… the first two screens). So, using what they had learned from my attempt, they knocked their heads together and crafted a truly beautiful site. At this point (with some assistance from a little bird named Inman) I helped them program the site and repurpose the hell out of MovableType to run it. This makes it a snap for The Heads to maintain and lets them get back to what the do best. What you will find is a gorgeous site, brimming with great work and great detail, that also happens to be overflowing with web standards. So strap your eyeballs down for some impressive candy, I give to you, The Heads of State.