As conservation specialists, creative regenerators, urban designers, and unsurprisingly, winners of many national awards (RIBA, RICS and Civic Trust, to name a few…), it’s safe to say that Ferguson Mann Architects aren’t your everyday architectural firm.
Designing for designers – a challenge we always embrace. FMA called for an amazing new website, and that’s just we delivered… carefully developed to reflect the quality of their work and their contemporary approach, as well as showcasing their stunning portfolio at its very best. Ultimately, it needed to provide a clean and visually stunning user experience, maximising the potential to turn visitors into clients.
An image-focussed homepage welcomes visitors to the site, incorporating an impactful image slideshow with a colourful, masonry-style layout containing featured projects and featured news stories, and of course a minimalist fixed-position navigation bar.
The projects page, with vivid imagery and more masonry layout includes a subtle row of cross-navigational category links, allowing visitors to browse the portfolio of projects within the category of interest to them, be that masterplanning, education or housing.
Mouse-over presents overlaid titles, and on touch displays the titles are tucked neatly below the featured images. The detail pages include above-the-fold hero images, block quotes, listed key features and pop-out lightboxes, to create clean and ordered visual case study pages for each project.
The team page is another highlight of the site, with the team neatly presented in a four-column grid, with pop-open info boxes revealing further details when selected.
The news page lets the client share their latest news, keeping their online content fresh, current and interesting. Each post presented in the news section includes striking featured images, and upon scrolling, navigation to related posts can be found. Users can also subscribe to a newsletter through a straight-forward form embedded within their contact page.
FMA work responsively to their client’s vision and the site at hand. Mirroring this adaptability, the new website is responsive to users’ needs and their viewing devices. So no matter which screen size is used, the content is presented accordingly, meaning it’s always seen at its best. And, as all images are optimised for HD screens, they’re always nice and sharp, even on 4k screens.
Explore the website yourself, at fm-architects.co.uk.