Mies van der Rohe Society’s Site Redesigned by Obama Campaign’s Design Director

It isn’t often that we post about a website redesign, largely because a) there are so many of them and b) if we did, we’d be inundated by press releases about them (more than we are now). However, the good people at the Mies van der Rohe Society have just relaunched their site and it’s a thing of beauty. Re-made by Scott Thomas, the design director behind Barack Obama‘s presidential campaign, it’s clean, simple and makes reading up about all-things Mies even more pleasant. The Society interviewed Thomas shortly before the site went live this week, among other things asking him about his site-building process and how their/our favorite legendary modern architect influences his work. Here’s a bit from his response to the latter:

The Web, like architecture, offers spaces in four dimensions. An X-axis, Y-axis, Z-axis of interaction, and time is the fourth dimension. A master architect uses each dimension to compose a prescribed experience on a user. Similarly, a Web designer understands its users must interact and move through a virtual space in a timely and effective manner. Mies offered the world a philosophy of “less is more,” and as technology becomes more complex, the experience of using it should become simpler and easier to use. It has never been more important to recite Occam’s Razor, the principle that one should not “multiply entities beyond necessity.”

If you’re a fan of Mies, of the Society, Scott Thomas, or any/all of the above, a website launch party is planned here in Chicago on the 15th. Check here for all the details and where to RSVP.