This was a pretty sweet win for us at Schifino Lee. Not only was it an awesome site, but it was our own. The W3 Awards, judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, only recognizes greatness as it exists on the internet. Websites are judged on their “creativity, usability, navigation, functionality, visual design, and ease of use.”
What started as a simple grid based website turned into a full team effort. Creative directors, art directors, videographers, photographers, copywriters and programmers were all working behind the scenes to bring this site online. We first hit you in the face with our bold message of “Outsmart” on a simple orange background. Scrolling further down reveals a basic grid layout, however our homepage comes to life with the ability to start a video by hovering over each of the squares.
Geez, this was a lot of work. Just one square alone, the “WaZoo Beer Festival,” required building a very slim aquarium to hold the poured beer, but still allow the art work to be seen after the pour. We blended beers to get the right color, and tried several pours to get the right speed and foamy spillover. Which continued to spillover. Everywhere. The office smelled like a frat house in the middle of summer.
Another favorite was for Westshore Pizza, where we ordered the pizza, put it in a new clean box, and then shot it from above. The office immediately consumed every slice. Did you notice the random werewolf hand at the end? Go back and look, it’s there.
The team page also followed this format, with each team member bringing their own personality to their own unique feature video with a Brady-Bunch-esque layout.
The about page is a super cool addition, diving more into our philosophy of “Outsmart” with a user controlled journey down the page.
So check it out, tell us what you think, and revel at our digital prowess.