CSS Website Design Review
Why are so many of our favorite CSS designs for game and app companies? Perhaps app designers have the know-how needed to put up a website with that magic blend of fun and professionalism. Whatever the cause, here’s another great CSS website created for on a game app development company: Molecube.
Website Reviewed: MoleCube
Website URL: http://molecube.ca/
The website has a somewhat homespun feeling, with a corrugated cardboard background and different elements appearing either taped or stapled on. This works well with the small business design model, although it doesn’t do a lot to inspire confidence in the products. There are a few other issues as well; for example, instead of clicking on links to go to different pages, all of the information is fit on one long page. This works for certain apps with more minimalist apps with very little information to share, but certainly not be a full-fledged company with a modest design portfolio, employee contact information, an ‘About Us’ page, and more.
However, there are positive attributes to this website as well. There is ample contact information (including social networking links) as well as links to the company’s products in the iPhone app store. This allows visitors to act immediately to support the company. The section about ‘the team’ is cute and works well with the overall company brand, with cartoons representing each member.
While many of the CSS websites that we cover have very complicated structures, Molecube keeps it very simple. There are drawbacks to this strategy, as we have discussed, but there are benefits as well. The straightforward design forces people to see the company’s products before accessing any other site features, and it is certainly easy to find everything because it is all located on the same, long page.
This strategy works for the Molecube company, which is part of what makes it so remarkable. However, we’ll file it under the category of ‘don’t try this at home’.
Creativity: 5 stars. From the cardboard background to the hand-drawn employees, this site is incredibly creative. It really shows off the imaginations of the employees and the company brand, which is important for a business in any type of design field.
Ease of use: 3 stars. A few tabs could make this website so much more user-friendly and give it that all-important professional touch. It would also encourage more people to contact the company or otherwise follow through with the brand.
Functionality: 4 stars. There is plenty of contact information and links—at the bottom of a prohibitively long page, that is. We’d like to see this information moved to the top where it belongs.
Content: 5 stars. The website copy is professionally written and correct in both English and French, which is important as the designers hail from bilingual Quebec.
Appropriateness: 5 stars. The website brand is homespun, but not in a way that interferes with the professional feeling of the website. It’s a memorable brand that will pique customer interest.
Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars.