Remember the Break Your Design Mold post? If you haven’t read it, please do, it’s all about trying to evolve as a designer.
I decided to take my own advice on a client project that suited it, and made something dark. People used to my design know I like it light and sober, so making something dark was a way for me to challenge myself. I think the last real dark design I did was back in 1998…
Below is a screenshot, it might look differently now since they’re fiddling to make room for an ad campaign:
Here’s a picture from my Photoshop mockup:
What do you think? Did I break my design mold? In some ways, sure, but not in all of them of course. I could, I guess, but since this is client work there was things to consider, paths to take, and the actual site’s history to think of.
Still, I did do something that I normally wouldn’t, and I did it without compromising the client work.
Have you broken your design mold yet?