Jonah Goldstein: SophieHardach.com

When I first came across the website for author Sophie Hardach (sophiehardach.com) I knew right away it was special. The creator of this thing had clearly given some thought up front and had come up with a novel approach to the layout and interactions and had also worked in some really nice details. It’s craftsmanship like that which will get you nominated for something like .Net Magazine’s 10 websites of the year award.

sophiehardach.com

This site now serves as an introduction to Sophie Hardach’s first novel, The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages. The novel itself is a journey of a Kurdish refugee and a Marriage Registrar and begins with a splash into Mediterranean, and so the site follows in suit stylistically. The postcard, stamps, and postmarks are really German period pieces. Hopefully people will enjoy the site as much as I enjoyed reading Sophie’s first novel.
- Jonah Goldstein

More about his approach on jonahgoldstein.com

After the website getting some attention across the web for it’s crafty contact form details, namely a tweet from Jeffrey Zeldman @zeldman, the site made it’s way across several galleries and such pretty quickly. If that’s not enough to get you wanting to pour some serious effort into your next project i’m not sure what would. From there the editors of .Net Magazine noticed it and we find the site in their top 10 sites of the year award category.

zeldmans-tweet

The voting is over now at the .Net awards but the story is still compelling to me. After all Jonah is a one man shop and most, if not all, of the other sites in that category are team efforts to my knowledge. The SophieHardach.com site is up against websites like Nike’s Better World site. He’s done some interesting things too, like a micro-site sort of deal “campaign in a bottle” to try to get some more attention to the voting and has had some decent results with it. It’s effort like that which inspires me, I don’t know about you!

Jonah is also really great for being open enough to share his experiences with me in the above interview too. Many thanks!

About: Jonah Goldstein

Jonah GoldsteinJonah is a web designer currently working Boston. He is proud to create hand crafted websites for his clients. He also makes a pretty awesome backdrop for video interviews. Follow him on twitter @jgmakes

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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://jonahgoldstein.com Jonah Goldstein

    Thanks for all the kind words Gene.

    It was a lot of fun chilling with you in the aquarium :)

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

    I was truly impressed with the aquarium Jonah!

  • Paula Rosenstock

    The interview is just like all of Jonah Goldstein’s work. Quirky, fun, creative!

  • Hana L. Bogen

    Jonah’s style which catches ones eye with its artistry and creativity, is exciting. He makes mke want to see more of his work.

  • http://-- Cory Bishop

    Great job Jonah. I’ll definitely look for more of your creative work.