Dutch courage

De­signer Mathis Bi­abi­any re­veals how he put to­gether his par­ti­cle-per­fect port­fo­lio site

Web Designer - - Contents -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.