christmas.biltmore.com

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A bit past the season, but hey I just saw this. Lovely example of how you can create a nice little interactive experience, sell the holiday and not go overboard with animations. The simple slideshow like interactions are just enough to get you clicking around. The fine detail and illustration work are top-notch and just pull you in.

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Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of unmatchedstyle.com, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.

  • http://vipstephan.de Stephan

    While the design is awesome the technical implementation is less than poor in my opinion, since the site isn’t funtional *at all* with JavaScript disabled. That would be OK for a site that’s just for personal pleasure or for the fun of it but I find it inacceptable for a site that wants to sell something (although I don’t even really know what the site wants to tell me since it didn’t manage serve my average attention span). There should at least be *something*, even if it’s just something really simple.

    Web design isn’t just about the graphical design, it’s about beautiful websites *that work*!

  • http://www.unmatchedstyle.com Gene Crawford

    I agree to a point Stephan. I don’t think the argument about turning off the javascript is as strong an argument as you might think. Also, I think it targets visitors quite well and actually has a place for you to reserve tickets to Christmas at the Biltmore, which is a seasonal event type thing that happens at this vacation spot.

    Yeah, there isn’t context since it’s just a site displayed in the gallery, but visitors likely got to this page from a badge or email message from the main Biltmore website. Just guessing that since it’s subdomain from biltmore.com.