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17th September 2005

I’ve just spent almost an hour trawling the archives over at the fantastic web showcase Screenspire. If you have not yet visited Thomas Marban’s collection, I urge you to do so.

I have just been overwhelmed by the quality of superbly inventive web design going on out there in the field. I viewed page after page of full-screen grabs and was amazed at the detail and commitment put into many of the designs. For my money, it’s one of the best collections on the internet.


When I began the three-part rant about CSS showcases, I thankfully put in a good word for Screenspire. Today I really saw the worth of the site. What I find most refreshing is that Thomas is selecting sites that inspire. He doesn’t seem to be getting hung up on validation, Doctypes, mis-use of tables or browser resolution. As Thomas states on his modest About page: is a no-embellishment, no-comments, no-technology-favored, ad-free source for recent website-designs collected from various portals and handcrafted in full( )screen view by thomas marban.

Often, the visual design aspect of what we do gets lost amidst all the anality of standards. Sure, most of the inclusions are XHTML/CSS - and they validate, but many aren’t. Frankly - and maybe it’s just for today, for I am in a bad mood - I just didn’t care. I continue to be amazed by the strength of web design right now, and have come away from Screenspire feeling considerably more excited about my job than I would if I’d just come from The Vault or many other showcases (I still genuinely love Stylegala though).

Note to cynics: Thomas does not know I’m writing this, so no, I have not been bribed into waxing lyrical about his site. It just gave me a warm glow that I wanted to share. Simple.



# Phil Renaud responded on 17th September 2005 with...

Agreed! Screenspire is #1 in my daily design gallery check-out list. Upon getting my site there, i nearly shat myself. I’m not good with shatting and getting honours.

# thomas marban responded on 17th September 2005 with...

anyway, i know it since checking my latest referrers ;)
as you said, the main intention behind the site is the attempt to run a showcase that does not focus on any specific technology or topic as i was a bit tired of common sites just exhibiting the latest cutting edge flash artworks or sites with the leanest and meanest css as they tend to resemble more and more. as i’m receiving quite a lot of submissions these days i rejoice the fact that numerous sites showcased on other portals originally made their first appearance on screenspire, which is a nice proof for its popularity although i launched it no more than 3 months ago.
however, thanks simon for taking the time on the extensive review of and keep up submitting your work!

# paul haine responded on 17th September 2005 with...

I like this one.

# Simon Collison responded on 17th September 2005 with...

I like this one. He-he.

# Brad Chmielewski responded on 18th September 2005 with...

Very Nice, Gave me some great ideas.

# Rose responded on 19th September 2005 with...

I just feel honored that my recent work appears right next to the likes of Fingertips which has been around as an inspiration for me since around 1996 or 1997 ( when web safe colors were a pressing issue no designer could ignore!  Makes me realize how much the web has changed, and yet how much it stays the same (as a design medium of creativity and genuine expression).

# zoel responded on 19th September 2005 with...

simpel,clean and informative

# Jaime responded on 22nd September 2005 with...

I am also totally diggin’ on Screenspire. Bravo to Thomas for putting together a fantastic resource.

And to echo Phil’s sentiment, I also almost shat myself when my new site got included. It’s certainly been a boon to my traffic.

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