Favourite website designs: Jesus Christ, the Son of God

30 March 2009, in Inspiration | 5 comments »

Everyday I probably come across 50+ different websites that I only visit because of their beautiful designs.

I thought it could be a good idea to make a special mention of the ones that strike me the most, so here’s the first one.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God

Jesus Christ, the Son of God

This may not be the most original website you’ve seen, but I chose it mainly because of its simplicity. When everybody is trying to move from the (supposedly) Web2.0 look to a more naturalistic trend, this website captures exactly the opposite and gives us a clean and uncluttered design to look at.

What I love:

  1. The hierarchy of the elements. You know what’s a title, what’s a subtitle and what’s the main text in just a glimpse.
    Good hierarchy
  2. It’s beautiful, clean, simple and pure: like religion should be.
    Clean design
  3. The powerful imagery: am I the only one that thinks these images of Jesus Christ are a bit frightening?
    Powerful imagery
  4. The fact that there are almost no decorative elements but you don’t feel the need for them.
    No decorative elements
  5. The type in the text pages: I just love the big lead, the indentation of the paragraphs and I’m a sucker for drop caps.
    Drop caps :)

What I would change

  1. Some details that just don’t seem right, like the padding in the links.
    Strange padding
  2. The jump in the text on hover, there should be a rule against this.
    Annoying hovers

Conclusion

As I said previously, what I love on this website is its simplicity and how they were able to combine a simple but effective hierarchy with a good use of imagery. I’d like to see more websites that can make this type of design work, and with even better results.

There are 5 comments:

  1. Hayley says:

    I really like this post. Plenty of people make lists of great designs but not many actually break it down like you have. I’d love to see more of these types of posts, perhaps to even greater depth if there’s a lot of things you like about a site!

  2. inayaili says:

    Thanks, Hayley! That was exactly what I thought when making this post. I’ll make sure to do more of these :)

  3. Jameos says:

    I do believe my good man Cameron Moll (www.cameronmoll.com) is the lead at LDS…he does some darn fine work, this one being a great example.

  4. I´m with you, when you say some churches Jesus Christ imagery are a bit frightening; I want to share this site design: http://www.redrockschurch.com/ in an innovative design church website; or extremely innovative ? however I like it; anybody would say is a church website…and has no scary imagery, don´t you think so?

  5. MD says:

    The site is simply beautiful. I really liked your review.

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