If you are into fanciful drawings and curious platypuses, Moonbeam Illustrations has a lot to offer. This website is the home of a freelance illustrator who works in magazines, children’s books, and just about anywhere her field takes her. As you would expect from an artist, the Moonbeam Illustrations website is heavy on look-pretties. However, we love that it is also designed well.
Website Reviewed: moonbeamillustrations.com
The homepage shows you a little of the artist’s most recent work along with the latest news about her. We notice that a few things are not exactly up to date—the Twitter is from this spring even though the artist has posted more tweets since then, and the blog is not yet operational. However, web design portfolio, biography, and contact information pages are information, fast loading, and endearing thanks to a heavy dose of the illustrator’s talent.
The website design is full of personal touches that compliment Moonbeam Illustrations’ brand and show off the artist’s sense of style. The background appears to have been fashioned from rustic papers. Instead of ‘Email Me’ or another dry command, you can click on a button that reads, “Think my style is for you?” These and multiple other fanciful touches might not be right for a corporate accountant, but they are simply perfect for a children’s book illustrator. Here is how we rate this website:
Creativity: 5 stars. What else would you expect from an artistic website? As we noted, this website is full of whimsy and fun. We especially like the way the links to various social networking sites appear to be peeking through tears in the paper that lines the pages. Numerous hand-drawn touches show off the artist’s abilities to their best advantage.
Ease of use: 5 stars. The Moonbeam Illustrations website is easy to navigate thanks to a logically organized navigation bar. We especially like the way pop-out windows are used both for contact information and for the portfolio. These details make it easy to explore the website without having to “find your way back.”
Functionality: 4 stars. At the bottom of every page, you can find links to the artist’s various social networking sites. However, we were disappointed to find that the Twitter feed is not up-to-date and that the blog is nonexistent almost a year after the website was designed. We docked a single point here because we think these details are very important. Why link to untimely information?
Content: 4 stars. The content is cute and friendly, which is a perfect blend for an illustrator of this sort. However, the “Who?” page has several run-on sentences and other grammatical problems. While this is a website dedicated to art, it is also here for business purposes. These tiny errors may make prospective clients worry that the business is not up to professional standards.
Appropriateness: 5 stars. For all its flaws, Moonbeam Illustrations is certainly true to their art in every way.
Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars. We love the way this site appeals to the child inside.