Katie Suskin

Sketch, JAVASCRIPT, Pho­to­shop

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Katie Suskin’s port­fo­lio is a re­fresh­ingly unique and tac­tile web­site in a dig­i­tal in­dus­try. In­stead of show­ing off her work with a grid of thumb­nails, the site is a peek into a colour­ful clay­ma­tion liv­ing room with de­light­ful an­i­ma­tions and Easter eggs. Suskin says: "In terms of the ‘liv­ing room’ de­sign direction – my friends know much I ob­sess over my home and phys­i­cal spa­ces in gen­eral. This def­i­nitely in­flu­ences how I think about dig­i­tal prod­uct de­sign – on the most ba­sic level, I love ex­pe­ri­ences that feel com­fort­able and ac­com­mo­dat­ing."

The en­tire web­site was care­fully crafted, from the cus­tom clay ob­jects to the stop-mo­tion hover states. Suskin started with pa­per and dig­i­tal sketches to choose the pal­ette and draft the liv­ing room. YouTube tu­to­ri­als were a valu­able re­source for oven-bake clay tu­to­ri­als. She then cre­ated a mini stu­dio in her win­dow­less bath­room (for light con­trol) and pho­tographed the stop an­i­ma­tion. The pho­to­graphs were stitched to­gether and edited in Pho­to­shop for seam­less tran­si­tions. The site was de­signed in Sketch and coded in JavaScript. Re­design­ing a per­sonal web­site can be a daunt­ing process but for Suskin, it was re­ward­ing: "I like to get off my com­puter in my free time, so I tricked my­self into build­ing a land­ing page by turn­ing it into a clay­ma­tion project."

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