An interesting review here, we find that Jay and I disagree a little on this site design. Here’s our comments:
This site, while at first seeming a bit minimal and restrained, has a lot of gimmickry going on which really detracts from the content and usability. There are two main things that happen, one when you scroll is that the navigation follows you, and two, when you click on something you get a loading bar, then it zooms down the page. Both of these are unexpected behaviors that do not add to the utility of this site and contribute to the overall feel of groundlessness that the user gets while navigating. By having a navigation that moves and a page that scrolls, when I’m taken to the new page, I’m not really sure where I came from, especially since I can see peeks of stuff above and below. I’ve quickly lost the ‘scent’ of where I was. Perhaps some of this could be mitigated by a tighter grid, as it is many of the elements seem misaligned. I assume this is intentional but it contributes to an overall feel of disorganization.
I like the fixed navigation and how for this specific site it follows you and fades in once you get to a particular section on the page. I also really like the background and how it draws in as you load the site for the first time.