My favorite studio & agency portfolios built with Semplice
by Tobias van Schneider
If you've ever worked at a studio or agency, you know internal projects always get pushed to the bottom of the list. Especially your company website.
Often, a studio's website gets neglected for years because nobody has the spare time to do the non-billable work (especially developers). Politics also get in the way, everyone having a different opinion about how to position the company or how to design the homepage, which delays timelines further. On top of it, intricate code makes it difficult for anyone to maintain content but the developer who coded it. As a result, many agency sites I see are in a sorry state design-wise, with old, outdated projects that make the company look out of touch.
This is not the case with studies and agencies that use Semplice. I had a friend whose team had been "working" on their agency site redesign for at least two years, the design dating itself by the time anyone got around to building it, before he decided to take the latest designs and build it himself in Semplice. It took him two hours.
The beauty of Semplice is that it removes roadblocks. A designer can build the foundation based on their designs or even finish the site entirely, freeing up time for developers to focus on fun customizations if needed. Anyone can use it to manage content on your team – your project managers, your copywriters, your designers. Even better, you can easily update or tweak the design at any time, removing the fear for stakeholders and allowing you to just launch, and continually improving and refreshing after. It saves literally hundreds of hours of work.
Semplice is made for studios and agencies. You can create beautiful, branded case studies and or even several portfolios or landing pages for each vertical you work in. But I've said enough about Semplice now. Let's get on to a few of my favorite studio sites made with Semplice, so you can see for yourself.
Henrik & Sofia
From the custom 3D bust in the hero, to the quirky “NEW” animations to the embedded prototypes, Henrik & Sofia’s one-page site is a delight to scroll through. It's a refreshing contrast to the cookie-cutter corporate websites we tend to see from bigger agencies.
Studio HMVD is the Brooklyn-based branding studio of Heather-Mariah Violet Dixon. The tasteful typography and bold shade of yellow throughout this site are simple yet sophisticated choices, much like HMVD’s work.
The Blond site has many nice, subtle touches: The sticky menu and logo animation on the homepage, the full-screen headers, hover animations and before/after sliders. The site feels as thoughtfully designed and executed as Blond's projects.
We love Pleid’s work at Semplice, which is quite obvious if you scroll through semplice.com and our tutorial videos. The Pleid site is simple, focused on the work. Which, when you have strong work, is all it needs to be.
Johannes Leonardo is a well-respected agency here in New York, so I was happy to see they built their site with Semplice. They recently updated their homepage and refreshed the typography – easy, subtle changes that allow their site to evolve with their work.