To read about how The 12 Art Attacks Project got started, see the first post here.
Since I was on a website design kick, I was really motivated to redo my husband's website. I first created his site a couple of years ago and while it was nice (and experimental) at the time, it was due for a more professional make-over. And while this isn't a "me" project, a husband and wife are supposed to be considered as "one" right? So I figured it could count!
First though, I have to introduce you to my better half, Matt Klepac. To me, he is the most amazing person alive. It does seem a little silly to actually type that out, I know! But hopefully every wife feels this way about their husband. Matt truly is one of a kind. There will never be another person who is so grounded in who he is and what he believes in, and loves as passionately as he does. Every bone in his body is loyal, hard-working, honest, beautiful, true and caring to the core. There is nothing in him that is dark, lazy, ugly, or mean. He does not live for himself at any moment in time, but for others and for something greater than himself. Of course, we all have our faults and no one is perfect, but in my heart and mind, this man is it for me.
So imagine this type of person on the grand stage of opera. The natural determination and passion he already carries within him is hugely intensified when it comes to music. He's always had a love for the stage and for singing, but as he got older, the world of opera became so intriguingly beautiful to him. And when he decided that's what he wanted, he went hard after it. "Getting by" does not exist in any part of his life. He has had great professional success in the past few years and will continue to do so on the international stage in the future. Like the person of Matt, his talent is one of a kind.
And of course, an awesome website is much needed to match this passion and craft. You'll see below the first website design we attempted together a couple of years ago. We were going after something that resembled USA's TV show White Collar. Very modern, clean, skinny-tie, light and professional with pops of teal. We thought we had accomplished it, but didn't really. Here's a few captures of it:
When I sat down to redo MatthewMirabella.com, I realized we still had the same original vision. In order to meet that, the whole thing needed to be lighter, much lighter. While a dark background seemed cool and unique, it just made it all too heavy. So I added white everywhere! The home page now has a white strip at the top with light greyscale rotating photos of him. And the teal really pops in his name and on each photo. I carried the light-ness through to each page again with the photos and background. New pages will be added over time, but for the most part, it's a full, complete site.
A few pages from MatthewMirabella.com:
What do you think about the newly revamped site? Like it better than the old one? Curious to hear your thoughts and see if there's anything you'd do differently!
> If you've noticed that his website name is different than his given name, you are a quick one! Matt decided to take on his mother's Italian maiden name (Mirabella) on stage since it's more opera-friendly. Beautiful isn't it?