By: Lewis Carroll
By: Jessica Weiner
Color was, in my opinion, one of the most important elements to the website's design. The story of "Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland" is a tale of two worlds: Alice's world and Wonderland. I wanted the viewer to feel as if they were journeying down the rabbit hole like Alice did, so I decided to make two versions of every page. At the top of each screen, you will see a button that either says "Eat Me" or "Drink Me", inspired by the food and drink Alice eats to grow smaller or bigger. Once you click on those buttons they will transport you to the world of your choice.
The first version is based off of Alice's character design from Walt Disney's 1951 film. The viewer will see Alice's "normal" world pages. These colors include sky blue and white for her dress, a dark blue for her headband, light yellow for the color of her hair, and a light rose pink color for the roses she eventually paints red later in the story. I wanted these pages to feel calm and sensible, just like the world Alice believes she comes from.
The second version allows the viewer to travel to Wonderland. Once again the inspiration for these colors comes from the Walt Disney 1951 film. But this time these are for the Cheshire Cat. The viewer will see a mix of eggplant purple and differernt variations of light to dark pinks throught the page to symbolize the Cheshire Cat's fur. There is also dark blue used for some of the text and buttons to incorporate the blue used for the Cheshire Cat's design from the 2010 live-action Disney film as well. In contrast to Alice's pages, I wanted the Cheshire Cat'st side to the site to feel a bit brighter and more harsh to the senses. Nothing in Wonderland is reasonable and stable.
Although "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is a bit of a twisted tale, it is at the end of the day a children's story set in England. Because of this, I wanted the typeface to reflect a style that was both soft, elegant, and whimsicle at the same time. For these reasons, I used a combination of Courgette, Signika, and Signika Negative. Courgette is a very pretty font for the title of the book. It gives a soft look with it's rounded and flowy edges, but is also sophisticated in the way that it looks like it's cursive without being so. I then chose Signika Negative for the smaller titles of the page, as well as Signika for the body text, because it is easy to read but gives the same whimsicle and soft feeling as the title. I believe these fonts work well in demonstrating the childish soul of the novel, but also the sophistication of Alice's presence throughout.
- "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll