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?


  • Stalagmite CrimeThree panels present different views of crime in San Francisco: narcotics, prostitution, and vehicle theft. The height of each map shows the relative density of each type of crime, as if crime were elevation. The mountain peaks are exaggerated, jutting out into the viewer’s face. Drug arrests occur throughout the…
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  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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