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Champions of speed

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Riches Hawley Mikhail Architects has a home page that opens with the practice name zapping across the screen as a myiad of tiny images. It assembles itself into a square underneath and the navigation unrolls down the left hand side. It's wonderfully brief: 'housing', 'houses', 'public' and, and here's a happy substitute for 'other': 'none of the above.'. Naturally, because this puts you in a good mood, it's 'none of the above' which you click first and lo, the source for the square home page image is revealed.

The way the site works is that clicking on a project name produces a big square image with, across the bottom where a caption would normally be, the option of further particulars and more images. If you out there have a web designer who says they can't do images faster, get them to ring this web designer Stephen Birchmore because effortless speed is the norm on this site. I'm never sure about 'News' pages but here you have to select an event and the ensuing text is brief, factual and often accompanied by a tells-a-thousand-words image. Unlike many 'news' pages, this one helps to form a picture of the practice. I liked the 'profiles' not so much for the conciseness of the words but for the fact that in place of fixed-beam smileys these were really profile and in modest silhouette.

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