Artistic influence in web design

So I was in the SF Museum of Modern Art this afternoon and I was browsing the exhibit of work by Joseph Cornell. I was looking at a piece and suddenly realized that this looked just like the awesome website of Red Interactive.

A screenshot of the Red Interactive website:

The Joseph Cornell piece:
(Check out this particular piece or more of Cornell’s work.)

So I don’t know if the website was influenced by the artwork of Cornell or not, but it certainly has that look. And I think this is awesome. I want to be clear that I am not in any way suggesting that this is a bad thing. I’m not trying to call anyone out, I’m trying to applaud the creative use of artistic techniques. I think it’s fantastic to take influences from the art world and incorporate them into the web world. If it’s just a coincidence I think that’s awesome too.

How big of a dork am I that when I’m walking around an art museum I see websites?


One thought on “Artistic influence in web design

  1. I doubt it is, but I think it would be cooler if they did base their site on the painting, it adds a lot of depth to the site and gives it a great background story. In the quest to make something “unique” I think its easy to forget that in the end its the experience that matters, and building from a great background story or outside inspiration makes a much richer experience.

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