Grip Limited - Toronto. Weird striped vertical navigation. Broad scope, mainly marketing (ads etc) - but the design and interaction of the site is so weird it seems worth noting. Whimsical overtones throughout the site (between client work, they list vacation destinations and coffee consumed). Blog, tweets all present - almost too much to take in. Fun, but might be hard for a client to get a real picture of what they do.
Sofa. Amsterdam. Now-defunct design studio (acquired by Facebook to do their design and moved from Amsterdam to the US) with a focus on interaction design. Their motto was "friendly, useful products." Clean use of blog-style portfolio presentation - feels a little catalogue-like, which adds some weight to the postings. Landing page has just four tabs (Design open in screenshot), but easy to navigate - except when you get well down the list, no easy way to pop back to the top/tabs. Site is…
Un.Titled. Leicester, England. Descriptor: Multimedia, multi-discipline studio. Homepage scrolls through recent work samples (all placed in context). Slightly confusing navigation (Info seems only accessible from a tab in the blog) through site, but a clean slider-nav on the portfolio (with text filters to focus content) makes for easy viewing of work.
Arlo. Chicago. BAFFLING landing page. Descriptior: General guideline is "Maximum heart; minimal fluff." Web Design and print (with a lot of packaging). Their portfolio is a grid of images, but each links to a set of design images and brief case study info. Home page changes each time you fresh to various B&W patterns. Weird landing experience, when the portfolio and client list speak well of the agency.
Weightshift. San Francisco, Chicago. Descriptor: Work to a set of guiding principles, chief among them; "We create beautiful and usable things that we hope are meaningful, enduring and influential." Principles are not uncommon guiding terms - but nice to see them laid out (for clients). Portfolio area has a nice mix with 5 recent projects, then a "Greatest Hits" section highlights older work. Supporting blog (sample: a fine menu experience) of design thinking lives on site.
31Three. Toronto Area. Main Message - "For The Design-Challenged Developer." Offers to make design as clean as the code (partner design to pair with developers). Slightly outdated comments on Homescreen, but a clean UI. Mobile Web Design links back blog-style portfolio. Easy to see most recent work.