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Rebecca Malamud-Evans is one of the earliest practicing web designers on the Internet, publishing her first website for a client in 1991. Designers from that era gain insight into elegant and functional design solutions that work over unnecessarily complex architectures. She has experience on many large-scale web projects, building components or directing creative, as well as creating complete websites.
Below is a very short list of recent and relevant projects. See Projects for more best practices and work in progress.
Cape Blanco Heritage Society
The Cape Blanco Heritage Society's website was redesigned to have a more flexible architecture, a responsive design (for mobile devices), and to appeal visually to modern sensibilities without sacrificing the sense of history. An animation of Darren Evans' murals was the perfect touch. [Visit website]
Soulpie.TV was created in 2018 and was a perfectly executed example of brand identity across web and print media (it even won an award — http://sixes.net/soulpie-winner.png!). Unfortunately, the band broke up shortly thereafter.
Rural Design Collective
The Rural Design Collective was a mentoring program sponsored and organized by Point.B Studio (2006-2018). Currently, it is in hiatus, however we have hopes to start it again someday as time, funds and tenacity permit. 😃 You can read more at https://sixes.net/allnewrdcHQ/rdc-rnd-lab.htm. Also, here is one of our favorite photos of the Cobwebs Crew just because — https://sixes.net/allnewrdcHQ/assets/IMG_9201.sm.png ❤
New Artists Productions
New Artists Productions is our favorite youth theater group ever. We were quite fortunate to build their website during our mentoring program. You can watch a video about that here: https://vimeo.com/392373395.
The New Artists Productions Website was created during The Rural Design Collective Summer Mentoring Program. Above is a prototype built in GIMP designed by participants in the program. The project page is at https://sixes.net/allnewrdcHQ/new_artists.htm and you can see the resulting site at http://newartistsproductions.org
Melkite Eparchy of Newton
The Melkite Eparchy of Newton contracted Point.B Studio to create the graphical interface for this iOS app as a visual complement to their website, also designed by Point.B Studio (the initial visual design by Point.B Studio has changed since. The content and website structure remains). The website project encompassed a wide range of publishing solutions, including designing a cohesive identity for all print materials and automating publishing processes using tools such as PrinceXML. The iOS app was developed in a virtual setting in Xcode and distributed OTA.
A World’s Fair For The Information Age
The 1996 World’s Fair was a major undertaking which involved book design, print collateral, a web site and CD rom. It has the distinction of being one of the earliest websites on the Internet that indeed still works (described as "probably the most advanced webpage of that year")! — https://www.404pagefound.com/2009/05/31/internet-1996-world-exposition/ 😃 NOTE: For some reason, Rebecca is not mentioned in the design credits for this project. (Complete project page coming soon with proper attributions).
MORE STUDIO VINTAGE: Early websites for the Duke Ellington Society of New York, Ella Fitzgerald Tribute, and RETRO Magazine all designed in the early 1990s.
Specific Web Techniques
The Thing System
Point.B Studio designed website templates to facilitate construction of this website in addition to custom-designed pages. Some noteworthy designs are below:
View this design as code here.
View this design as code here.
... and About Our Website
This sandbox is a work-in-progress experiment to catalogue our 35+ years of internet design work. We will begin with adding detailed pages outlining our most recent projects first and add additional project pages over time. Thank you for your interest. ❤
The new site is built entirely in Markdown using a rapid deployment framework affectionately called Hugo. We decided to use it for our “Design Sandbox” due to its flexible structure and extensible framework and quite frankly we are weary of all of the security issues involved with other popular CMS platforms. Because this is a static website, much like good old-fashioned HTML and CSS, it isn’t prone to all of the problems with malicious hacking and continuous upgrades. We love learning and working with intelligent new technologies vis-a-vis The Rural Design Collective in its heyday. 🔗
More projects are described here. (Contact us for a full reel as we continue to work on documenting historical projects).