Harrison Sutton Architects
With multiple awards to their name, Devon architectural practice Harrison Sutton are masters of design. So it is only natural that they should want to make a strong visual statement with their website.
They needed a site not only to meet modern functional and aesthetic standards – but also to echo their cutting-edge work as forward-thinking architects.
The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words applies especially well to architects. Demonstrating their talents through previous work is of huge value in this industry. So, images of Harrison Sutton’s striking projects would need to be at the fore of our design.
A preference for simplicity and elegance was also on the wish list. With this guiding principle, and a full checklist of must-haves in place, our brief was set.
We crafted a clean and uncluttered – almost minimalist – website. The design in unmistakably modern and strikes the right chord for a high-end architectural practice.
The navigation is deliberately restricted, with minimal on-screen distraction. And the theme of simplicity is reinforced by monochrome elements and understated but elegant typography.
This leaves the way clear for the site to be dominated by its leading stars – photos of Harrison Sutton’s beautiful architectural projects.
Functionally, we opted for simple but high-impact interactivity. A sleek horizontal slider invites viewers to glide easily between images – with a touch of drama that fits the subject matter nicely. And, of course, the site switches flawlessly between big screen, tablet and mobile modes.
This website is an instance where understanding how far to go was key. By exercising design restraint and emphasising a few key elements, this web building project – rather like many of Harrison Sutton’s architectural ones – has all the more impact.
"We have enjoyed the creative process of working with Matrix on our new website. We have had lots of positive feedback and love that we can now easily manage the content on our new website to keep it fresh."
James Moore - Harrison Sutton