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Site of the week: Bryan James

An inspiring array of interactive and print projects provides creative interest for both the designer and visitor

Bryan James is a talented senior interactive designer with an illustrious agency background. Based currently in Leeds at Epiphany Search, this personal portfolio draws together and showcases some 17 project highlights. With particular emphasis on simplicity as well as easy navigation, visitors can very quickly sample some eclectic efforts.

“I always wanted my work to speak for itself in a clean manner, while my tendencies to animate things and make elements pop into life bubbled under the surface,” Bryan explains. “I had a brand I was happy with so the resulting site is a sort of strange mesh of these three aspects. This troubled me for a while but there comes a moment of realisation for what your work is about, and these tendencies are a
stamp of what you do, so hiding it is merely a misrepresentation.”

Reflecting back would prove quite a cathartic process – as it should. Old work inspired new and collecting it together in inventive ways spurned a new way to look at things: “I created a ‘template’ for case study pages but while developing, I would think of something new for a particular project and became fairly comfortable with that, because it meant the pieces I’d done had their own individual style. In a way, the creation of the site made me happier and more comfortable with previous work.”


Some fairly lengthy pages are capped off with bold footers pointing to associated projects


Subtle animations and bold bursts of colour set an individual tone for each of the linked works