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A GREY-ON-GREY AREA OF WEBSITE DESIGN

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WEBWATCH

I am still getting regular feeds from Eric Morehouse at http: //eyecandywebcandy. blogspot. com.

One of his recent sites, www. airesmateus. com, is that of Aires Mateus & Associados. And, of Francisco Aires Mateus Arquitectos.

Father and son? Brothers?

You can't tell because the site is in Portuguese. Yet what a model of reticence.

The home page is a black screen with a grey strip over the top with the practice name in black, bold, condensed sans serif. Below on the blackfield are four grey headings in the same type which even monolingual I could understand: Projectos, Prémios, Cronologia and Contactos. And that's it: six words, mostly black screen and a grey strip.

Naturally you click on Projectos. Everything moves down to accommodate five building type names in a white version of the standard type. And so on: website design at its. . . dammit. I've just spotted some pale greyon-grey characters up on the extreme right of the grey strip: pt

Portugese\English. OK, so after a click it's the brothers Aires Mateus and forget what I said about model typography. Well, some of it.

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