Varnish Studio

Our close colleague (and Grammy award winner!) Matt Taylor of Varnish Studio, Inc., came to us with a request for a fluid, dynamic website to function as his portfolio.

As Matt’s business depends on showing the versatility, bright colors and extremely high quality of the music, film and videogame industry packaging he designs, we were challenged to devise a site that maximized large, high-resolution visuals and interesting interaction while mitigating page load and site performance issues often associated with JavaScript intensive sites.

We extensively modified a standard WordPress core with CSS3 and jQuery to display animation and showcase Varnish’s stunning visual body of work. We focused on large, colorful work samples and imbued the site with as much of Matt’s attitude and aesthetic as we could possibly fit. Since Varnish produces in impeccable art for everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the Lost Abbey Brewing Company, we tied in Matt’s hand-selected Instagram feed, to show as much visual style as possible.

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