Sogetsu.or.jp is the first site I designed as a creative director. The Sogetsu Foundation is the most avant-garde school of Ikebana in Japan, Ikebana being the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The client was intentionally vague on the brief, only saying they wanted an imaginative design that was only dimly related to ikebana, and not to be too literal.
To echo the creative spirit of Sogetsu, I used Flash to dynamically create an abstracted “flower” out of geometric petals. Whenever a user comes to their homepage, they are greeted with a flower of unique shape and color.
Once a user moves towards the flower, the saturation dims to not distract from the content. The six menu items are attached to the tips of the petals, and when a user clicks one, the petal expands to form a polygon of sub-navigation. After the user chooses what they wish, the petal further transforms into the desired content pane.
Note: This design is offline but I have restored most of it with my own files at the link above. All dynamic content was dependent on the Sogetsu database, so there are some empty pages…