Site of the Week: Photographer Corey Arnold

Corey Arnold, Photographer, Portland, Oregon

This is just a beautifully designed site. It’s got a distinct visual look, without being overdone. The interface is clean, efficient and even looks good. And it really adheres to the primary objective of a portfolio site – to show the breadth and depth of a person’s work easily and cleanly. The designer is JD Hooge of Gridplane.


For the primary navigation, this site takes advantage of a design principle called layering and separation. If used strategically it can help one integrate and organize multiple levels of visual and functional information into the same space without clutter or confusion. In this example, upon rollover, the main menu smoothly transitions down to reveal navigational elements. It’s “layered” on top of the content underneath. By simply rolling off of the menu or clicking a link, this area then hides again – allowing the space to be fully utilized to present content. This technique really allows one to maximize the compositional space available “above the fold” – which (considering screen resolution and browser size) is limited when dealing with the web.


Through the use of interactivity, this site offers two different ways to view Corey’s photographs. Upon clicking on a collection title in the main menu, one is first presented with a group of thumbnails – providing the user with a quick overview of the entire collection within that category. Upon clicking an image, the user is then presented with a larger view of that one individual photograph. The photograph is presented very cleanly within the space as text and additional navigation is “hidden” until rolled over. At this point, the user can choose to go back to the collection of images or stay where they are and linearly move forwards or backwards through a sequence of larger individual images.

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About Corey Arnold (taken from his website):
“Corey Arnold is a photographer and Alaskan commercial fisherman. During the winter, he can be found aboard the F/V Rollo in the Bering Sea and more recently catching salmon in Bristol Bay. The off season is filled with travel, gallery exhibitions, magazine and ad photography assignments with a bit of backyard gardening, cat maintenance, and skateboarding in Portland, Oregon.

He is currently working on a life long project entitled “Fish-Work” which chronicles the commercial fishing lifestyle throughout the world. Since 2003, he’s been documenting the crab fishery in the Bering Sea. Most recently he was nominated for the Aperture West Book Prize, the Santa Fe Prize for Photography, and named one of PDN’s 30 for 2009. The work has been featured in The Paris Review, Juxtapoz, Esquire, Italian Rolling Stone and Artweek. in 2005, he received an American Scandinavian Foundation grant to photograph the fishermen and whalers of Northern Norway.”


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  1. Daniel Holter

    Great work, absolutely… but I did want to point out that proper credit for Corey’s website should include my friend JD Hooge of Gridplane. The best. I’ve hired him more than once. 🙂

  2. D. Currier

    Yes, you’re absolutely right. The designer should definitely be credited. My bad for not including in the first place. I’m going to add his name to the article.

  3. Daniel Holter


    I don’t sit around all day trolling the net looking for corrections to bitch about… 🙂

    I subscribe to your feed through my RSS reader and dig your thing. I just knew Corey’s site was done by JD and am happy to see you added credit for him and his kickass Gridplane.

    Keep up the great work with your inspiring site!

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