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Cultural Blog/Website / Nominee

Cultural Blog/Website

"We were looking for a simple navigation solution, but one that had never been seen before. We wanted to send the page visitor on an unexpected journey." denkwerk

Q: Can you describe your project and the concept behind it?

A: For the last 30 years, Hermann Vaske has been interviewing brilliant artists about their creativity. He just released the second film about his amazing journey. As lots of interview answers demonstrate, being creative and being not creative are two sides of the same coin. Like shadow and light. On, off. Up, down. A creative life is about navigating through these ups and downs. That is why this website is all about navigation as well.

Q: Tell us about your initial moodboard, wireframe, or prototype. How did things change throughout the process?

A: The original plan was to divide the artists' videos into creative and non-creative parts. We had the idea of switching back and forth between the two by scrolling. We quickly realized that the videos were too diverse for that, but we were still able to keep the idea of navigating by scrolling.

Q: What influenced your chosen technical approach, and how did it go beyond past methods?

A: “Our first idea of making the scroll mechanism work was proven wrong pretty soon. After four different tries we found that the best approach for the scroll mechanism was to treat the site as two sites that will come into the viewport as the user scrolls. This allowed us to keep the site performing when exploring one side and only bringing both sides together during the switch moment,” said Victor, Studioregale Creative Coder.

When did you experience a breakthrough or an "a-ha" moment during this project?

We were looking for a simple navigation solution, but one that had never been seen before. We wanted to send the page visitor on an unexpected journey. We were immediately intrigued by the idea of using scrolling for this purpose.


Q: What web technologies, tools, and resources did you use to develop this?

A: This site is developed using the framework called Nuxtjs. All animations are “powered” with the amazing library GSAP. All the rest is custom made logic and animations using a mix of CSS and JavaScript.

Q: How did the final product meet or exceed your expectations?

A: The website feels as a creative journey itself: scroll up and you experience a creative insight. Scroll down and you dive into being not creative. That way, it never feels like scrolling up, but rather like switching into a different world.

Q: Why is this an exciting time to create new digital experiences? How does your team fit into this?

A: We love to experiment and create experiences at the intersection of art and science.
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