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French architects embrace simplicity

French practice DLW Architects , or dlwarchitects as they lower-casely and confusingly prefer it, consists of a group of guys in Nantes who are great and simple. You click unsuccessfully on the 'accéder au site' which slides across under the logo and eventually the page clears and eight rectangles ( Golden Sections naturally, this being an architectural site) shuffle into place at the bottom and then fan out to form a collage of what is probably the practice's office.

The first thing that strikes you is that the five section headings (Contact, Projects, Project List, Press and Office) are juddering about. Cynically you imagine that the lads looked at the page and pointed out to the web designer that they couldn't read words plastered across dark backgrounds and the web bloke said, 'Why not make them dodge around a bit?' Brilliant. Er... Not necessarily The other subtle disorientation is the fact that the first fluorescent light overhead is flickering ...and the second one is emitting darkness at one end. See what happens when you start covering up.

Still, click on 'PROJECTS' and up comes a grid of tiny thumbnails, one of which you naturally select and up it comes as a big image with a brief description. There may be more because you can just see the tops of words at the bottom of your screen. Maybe the 'Back' button is down there too. Ah yes, Possibly the top of that green shape in the far right bottom corner. There's a list of projects in a useful reverse date order under 'RÉFÉRENCES' You scroll across the name and up comes the appropriate image on the right. Much better than the thumbnail, name, wait, bigger image sequence so beloved of our senior websites.

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