Designer Mathis Biabiany reveals how he put together his particle-perfect portfolio site
When you think of some of the most iconic and inspiring designs that mankind has conjured up, they usually strike an admirable balance between form and function. Sometimes such design aligns much more with artistry, transcending a beautiful surface aesthetic to still deliver a practical use. Web design as a contemporary concept really lends itself beautifully to this strain of design because the advancement in technology and browser standards continues to expand its possibilities. Where ‘pages’ were once purely passive, modern websites are far deeper and often so dynamic and engaging that they defy convention. This has seen their function change with an ambitious approach to form and presentation that many of the more experimental digital agencies have pursued. One of the most lauded and awarded is Resn, a studio originating out of New Zealand that now also has offices in Shanghai, San Francisco and indeed the Amsterdam office where our latest hero, Mathis Biabiany, cut his teeth. Fans of this startlingly brilliant agency will know that its manifesto to “infect minds with gooey interactive experiences” has not only been hugely influential to a progressive, artistic web design movement but also a furtive plateau for the talent it enlists. Biabiany, a 24-year-old Creative Technologist, joined Resn in 2016 after completing his studies in web development and multimedia direction at the Gobelins School in Paris. “For almost two years now, I’ve enjoyed
“my previous portfolio was getting quite old, considering i made it when i was still at school, around three years ago”
working on some awesome projects with handsome teammates,” begins Mathis. “I’ve learned a lot from them, but now I’m taking on full-time freelancer status and preparing myself to leave Amsterdam to try new challenges in Japan.” So in short, our man needed a new digital portfolio, something he had considered realising after his first year at Resn. “I made couple of projects and experiments and my previous portfolio was getting quite old, considering I made it when I was still at school, around three years ago now.” The challenge was to create an experience that would pay homage to his Resn roots, but also demonstrate technical skill and personality to match.