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If you have visited our website anytime over the last year, you may have notice that the “portfolio” tab led to an innocuous page that didn’t have much to offer.

Well, after putting a great deal of time into formatting the images and debating the merits of several layout options, the Outdoor Design Group Portfolio has finally been revealed:

A screenshot from the new Outdoor Design Group online portfolio

A screenshot from the new Outdoor Design Group online portfolio

As with each of our websites, this was designed in-house.  We looked at several ways to display images before settling on a simple black background and clusters of images.  The main goal was to have something that showed off our work, yet was simple to navigate and that loaded quickly without the use of a spacial image viewer or flash.

We approached this design challenge by using many of the same principles we use to approach landscape design:

  • Eliminate clutter, keeping the design simple and elegant, less is more
  • Make the design functional and practical first, then integrate form
  • Imagine and anticipate how the user will interact with, experience, and move through the space

The main portfolio page shows an example of our diverse areas of design work.  By clicking on “Residential”, “Land Development”, or “Site Renovations”, you are able to move into a separate portfolio section that displays each respective type of work.

I would love to hear what you think – Do you think this layout and navigation works well?

This is the official blog of Outdoor Design Group, Colorado Landscape Architects.  For more information about our business and our services, click here.

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