The .xyz community is home to many skilled artists and visual creatives sharing their artistic talent on .xyz domains. Multidisciplinary artist Nina Fraser displays her creative work on NinaFraser.xyz. Independent and commercial artist AdamLatham.xyz showcases his artwork and business projects. Abstract artist Octavious Jones shares his digital paintings on JonestheArtist.xyz In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a skilled creative who displays his design, illustration, and animation using a “FirstNameLastName.xyz” domain: ChrisMaher.xyz.
ChrisMaher.xyz is the personal website of Boston-based multimedia designer, illustrator, and animator Chris Maher. Chris specializes in illustration, cel animation, graphic design, motion design, and more, all with a handcrafted approach and feel. His love for cartoons, music, games, and pop culture is evident in his bold and colorful work. Chris is an active community member and event organizer for Bay State Design Shop, a community for New England-based designers. As he shares on his About page, Chris enjoys curating multi-hour-long playlists on Spotify, biking, and enjoying PC gaming. Chris is occasionally available for freelance and collaboration opportunities, and has worked with notable clients such as Hoodzpah Design, Adobe, Facebook Gaming, CyberArk, and Hero4Hire Creative.
Chris has organized his animation and design work in a user-friendly manner, making it easy for visitors to navigate and potentially attract collaborators and clients. The homepage showcases Chris’s artwork in a grid formation that is colorful and easy to view. Hovering over each eye-catching image displays the animation in action, and clicking on an image provides further details about the project. Chris’s personal project, animating the Run the Jewels‘ album cover, caught the attention of the hip hop duo who reposted it on their social media accounts in May 2020.1 Chris also worked on branding for Flying Dreams Brewing Company, creating label designs that tell the story of the Flying Dreams dragon in various settings. By displaying his projects together on ChrisMaher.xyz, visitors can gain a broad understanding of Chris’s skills and consider him for future collaborations.
Chris’s choice of a FirstNameLastName.xyz domain like ChrisMaher.xyz for his personal website can be beneficial, because he is not limited by any third-party platform constraints. He can use his website as the hub of his design and illustration services, and maintain complete control over how he presents his work. Additionally, there is a great benefit to a branded email address like [email protected]. Much of his communication regarding collaborations and freelance work will likely be email-based, so it’s a great idea to use a custom email address in order to appear professional and generate trust. When you have an email address directly associated with your domain name, customers can use that email address to find your website and feel confident that they’re reaching out to the appropriate person.
We are proud to have Chris among the thriving .xyz community of artists, creators, and makers. As he explained to us, ”.XYZ has such a unique and cool handle. I feel like it gives me a nice, modern edge that enhances my site and it’s look and feel.” You can learn more about Chris by following him on Twitter and Instagram, and by visiting ChrisMaher.xyz.
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