What You Need in a Website: Artistic vs. Functional

Depending on the industry you work in, the functionality and look of your site might vary quite a bit. If you’re a painter, your site might be more portfolio-esque, showcasing images and examples of art you’ve done. If you’re a lawyer, you probably want a professional feel to your site, with nothing out of place and no superfluous photos. Each and every design desire is valid, and each changes with the person or place of business.


div_architectureAnd then there’s the next level: websites that are meant purely as a work of art, which may or may not also promote a business or service. This can be different than the average artist portfolio site in the sense that the site does not display or serve as a home for art, but is art. Not every designer has a personal aesthetic or artistic sense that would allow them to create a website like this, but luckily for you, dear reader, here at Div Creative, we have a web designer on staff who is also a professional artist. If you require a more in-depth, multi-purpose site, talk to us and we’ll work out a way to meet your vision.


Part of the duty of web designers is finding a way to match a customer’s vision and make it more. Whether that means more relevant, more beautiful, more practical, or otherwise, there is a delicate balance between allowing the designer to spread his or her creative wings and also staying true to the client’s desires. Many clients prefer to be involved in the design process and can easily work with a designer to create something both parties are proud of. And then there are these people, but hey, it happens in every industry.


Here are some examples of great websites we’ve discovered that fit various types of functions.


  • Artist portfolio: Banksy, the popular graffiti artist, has an extremely simplistic, barely-navigable site that somehow works. Instead of being presented with categories of art, or a landing page full of galleries, you simply click on each image to go to the next one. And that is it.
  • Purely artistic: A site that functions more as an exploration game, leading you through abstract rooms (or alleys, or something), there is no business behind it as far as I can tell, it simply exists as an artistic experience.
  • Functional but artistic: This website is for a German anchorman and integrates some interesting artistic features while remaining professional and promotional as well as informational. The site uses some very neat parallax techniques to keep the visitor on the site as long as possible.
  • Piece of art that showcases a business: This site is arguably a work of art, both illustration- and design-wise. It does what it’s supposed to (promotes the creative team) while making exploring the site an experience in its own for visitors.
  • Straighforward showcase of product or service: This home furnishing site makes it easy to navigate to their products, but it also provides a great experience while doing so. A not-too-distracting parallax-based layout with dynamic menus still gets the potential customer where they need to go without confusing them on the way. The information needed is all there within easy reach.


If any of these websites inspire you, let us know. As you can see from just this brief blog post, there are millions of ways to make your site special to you or your business. You don’t have to be based in New York or London to have the site of your dreams: we provide that service for those in Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, and otherwise. And check out some of our example sites here.