Designing for art
Born in Saudi Arabia, artist Mehreen Murtaza’s work explores broad themes of human existence and the progresses of modern of civilization. In her digital art, Murtaza dissects consumption patterns, and attempts to understand the intersecting worlds of technology and nature…. By rejecting the traditional wasli, pen, and brush, and opting to use contemporary tools such as computers and cameras, she renews past forms. (from Artspace)
Mehreen Murtaza approached me to redesign her existing portfolio website; a request that soon became an intensive collaborative project which I greatly enjoyed thanks to the great respect I have for Mehreen’s practice as a contemporary artist.
Keeping this is mind, Mehreen asked for a design that was fundamentally user-friendly but retained her work’s essential qualities of being both technology-driven and nostalgic. We started with very broad themes exploring these key qualities, and ended with a DOS-inspired interface making the website’s UI an exercise in familiarity and challenging the limitations of such an interface.