Through my deprived 4am internet travels, I occasionally run into a band website that's truly a work of art. In order to really get my attention though, I like to see a website that not only pushes the boundaries in its design, but also its content.
As you go through the list, reflect upon each site; if you're like me you'll become inspired to get your brain pumping about new ways you could create your own website as a work of art.
My main purpose in writing this for you, is to really enforce that "sky is the limit" type of mentality. You can do so much with a website, you might not even consider it until someone knocks you over the head with something truly creative.
I'm here to swing the gavel down and mash up your face. Read on.
Interactivity is the game with Bjork's website, and she is not kidding around. Clicking and dragging around on her website will enable you to explore it's environment (similar to what you might expect on Google maps, except more like a 3d modelling program).
It feels like a universe, except there's more than just planets. There's lines, and galaxy shapes (although you can't zoom into them), and all sorts of other fun stuff. Highly recommend you explore.
The album covers on BOC's website all spin inward like some sort of musical kaleidoscope, and that's all there is to it. Click on an album to learn more about it.
In the middle, you can see a hexagonal shape divided into triangles. At the bottom of the page, you can see an entire (yet small) hexagon representing BOC's newest album. There's an iconic symmetry and cohesiveness that's created through this doubling of shape.
Bon Iver's website is reminiscent of Bob Dylan's modern music video for "Like a rolling stone" - the video plays and you can change channels. It's not fancy, but it's effective and beautiful, especially when change the channel (the red arrow in the top right).
There's something special about the juxtaposition between minimalistic design (to a tacky 90's degree), and a modern YouTube video + social media links. It takes a confident creative to pull off a design like this, but it certainly fits Cecil Frena's style, especially considering the type of art he had while he was still known as GOBBLE GOBBLE.
It's charming and knows it's audience well. A Born Gold fan is exactly the type of person to find this type of design hilarious, endearing and respectable for its bold strides.
Made with the color scheme of 70’s video game console boxes, Com Truise’s website is effective and dreamy, starting with the multiple “EVERYTHING IS A DREAM” featured in the header.
If you make your way over to the “Komputer Cast.” section on the right, you can see another visually stunning discography page. This is what I would imagine a website would look like if the internet was invented in the 1950’s, and some technological progress had been made on web technology before the 1970’s.
The main feature of Chvrches website is their interactive logo from their album “The Bones Of What You Believe”. By moving your mouse over the logo you can change the interlocking/rotating circles to create different patterns.
It’s not particularly complex, but it’s effective and fun to play around with.
Another bold minimalistic design is Darkside's website. In the image below, you can see almost the entire website (other than their logo), pretty cool huh?
This is David Bowie's homepage. 'nuff said.
The best part about Deafheaven's website is that they're a black-metal band. Their color palette, logo, text, and minimalism all defy what you might find from that genre of music.
They're a band that's both enveloped within their own culture, yet also completely self-aware and removed, looking in on themselves. Their website communicates this so hard.
So damn hard.
The idea behind Fatima's website is very similar to Tennis Small Sound's site (I talk about it later in this article), except instead of her website being windows 95, this site is emulating a Mac OSX operating system.
It's a variation of another idea, but I still feel that it was a worthy artistic endeavour to pursue.
Although the look of Horse's website is part of what makes it unique (it's just white text), it's the content more than anything that really makes it stand out.
Look at the screenshot I've taken below for a preview:
You can click through to their site to read the whole thing as it gets rather monstrous.
I think it takes a lot of balls to allow yourself to be represented this way. It shows a commitment to artistic integrity that's not only rare, but downright alienating to anyone who's not a fan.
I think this background sufficiently shows what's special about Hot Chip's website. As you scroll down the website, it creates one of those weird optical illusions that messes with your eyes, and looks like the image is shuddering.
A background and an audio player - that's all you get at Hundred Water's website. The images present a delightful atmosphere, and the music always fits it.
Back to their last album in 2012, they had a completely different look & feel, and it fit that album perfectly too.
As if Janelle Monae didn't already stand out as one of the most authentically empowered female celebrities today, her website is just a wall of fashion and culture magazines, all starring her.
It's a gorgeous site, and I've never seen anything quite like. Much bold.
She really is a special lady, you know that?
Scrolling your mouse through MGMT's website lets you draw as if you were running your finger through a giant lake of multi-colored paint. Clicking while you drag can also get some interesting effects.
It's quite fun actually, and if you've ever seen an MGMT music video you'll know that the web designer nailed this one spot-on.
Let's take Fatima's website from above, and then move back 25 years. Now you've got Mr. Oizo's website. It's based around the premise of an Apple Mac 2, and it's certainly bribed me to endearment.
Words simply don't explain Oneohtrix Point Never's website, but a picture should help.
Their interactive website allows you to rotate the room above in a 3d environment along with their music playing out of soundcloud. The cacophony of poorly rendered 3d shapes presents an interesting perspective towards technology's place in art, and far more I'm sure.
This is not an actual band website, but it might as well be. Poolside radio is a project that brings music together, which is all fine and dandy, but it has some rich design that you can learn from. If it was a band's site, I sure as heck wouldn't complain.
During the 2014 styles of St. Vincent’s self-titled album, her website has some wonderful design through it, the most important being Annie Clarke’s powerful presence on a backdrop of cubular hexagons. It’s a rather haunting graphic, and represents her album that year.
She’s got a nice dress too.
I’ve brought up this website several times before, because of the great impression it left on me.
I don’t know how they designed a website that looks like you’re on Windows 95, but whoever came up with the idea was a genius. This is one of my favourite band websites of all time (and I’m not even really a Tennis Small Sound fan or anything, although they're not bad).
Talk about some people who are willing to do something out of the box. It even has the time in the bottom right corner, just like a real windows!
If anything at all says indie to me, it's 70's floral patterns. I doubt that's what Vampire Weekend's site was trying to say while showcasing their taste for "the finer things", or at least some opinion of it.
Regardless of the meaning, it's quite visually impactful, and upon a full-screen viewing grabs the visitor as "something serious".
While the Kiss Land website is still up, you're going to find some pretty cohesive branding with The Weeknd's Kiss Land tour; neon lights, and a whole site filled with Japanese static and ads. You can tell someone was inspired by Asia.
By someone, I mean Abel Tesfaye, but that doesn't really have as good of a ring to it.
If you need a website designed for your band, I can always help with that. I've done dozens of websites for clients in the past, and I can do the same for your band. If you'd like to work with me, look here for some more information.
My name is Andrew Muller. I love creative art, music, television shows, movies, video games, and a good story.
If you had to find me somewhere, you would probably find me down at O'neils home cooking eating an organic sweet-potato bun breakfast sandwich with ham.
Among my friends, it's a "Muller Classic Move" to eat Mcdonald's at 2am because it's cheap and open 24/7. The joke here is that I'm an idiot.
I play drums, guitar, piano, and I write & perform music for My Goal Is Telepathy. Take a listen to the latest sound here.