Spencer Murphy is a photographic artist based in London. He has contributed to many magazines, including The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph Magazine, Time, Monocle and Wallpaper. His portraits have also appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone Magazine, GQ and Dazed and Confused. He has exhibited throughout Europe and North America and was named as one of the Hyeres Festival’s emerging photographers of 2008. He has also been included in the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition 7 times between 2006 and 2013 and in 2013 was awarded 1st prize. His work is held in the National Portrait Gallery’s Permanent Collection.
The multitude of devices and browsers a website can be viewed with has increased greatly over the last few years and with portfolio sites especially, the importance of compatibility can not be underestimated. Spencer's portfolio can to be viewed intuitively and elegantly across a broad range of devices such as iPhones, iPads, smart phones and tablets as well as the more traditional laptop and desktop viewing platforms.
Navigation is a critical element of the user experience. Poor navigation distracts from the most important element of a website, namely the portfolio, and usually results in a quick exit. Clear navigation encourages visitors to keep looking through the images laid out in front of them. Ultimately this also forms an impression of Spencer himself as an efficient and considered photographer.
A website with dynamic content encourages repeat visits and keeps Spencer in mind for commissioners and collectors a like. As a busy professional Spencer doesn't have a lot of time to update his website so we built a customised content management system to allow him to quickly and easily update and re-order his work. As a consequence of an evolving portfolio Spencer's repeat visitors have increased.
Catering for distinctively different site visitors is an important consideration when designing portfolio websites. Spencer's main visitors are those who commission photographic work and fine art collectors. Commissioners want to get a rapid feel for his unique style so they can confidently contact him with their needs, whilst collectors tend to soak up the depth of the work before making a decision. Both are looked after with this portfolio design.
- BJP - Spencer Murphy win 2013 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
- BBC News - Jockey Portrait Wins Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize
- The Guardian - Portrait of Jockey Katie Walsh Wins Taylor Wessing Photography Prize
- Paper Journal - Spencer Murphy: The Abyss Gazes Into You
- Bullett x It's Nice That - Spencer Murphy's Powerful Simplicity
- Guardian - Children's View of Poverty: In Pictures
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