Website Design for a Church with Custom Vector Ornaments
This was a custom designed website with custom vector ornaments and photographs for Anafora.bg, a website of the church ‘Saints Cyril and Methodius’ in Sofia, Bulgaria. This church is part of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (Bulgarian: Българска православна църква, Balgarska pravoslavna tsarkva), the oldest Slavic Orthodox Church with some 6.5 million members in the Republic of Bulgaria and between 1.5 and 2.0 million members in a number of European countries. The building has an almost 100-years history, built between 1921 and 1923. Saints Cyril and Methodius was just recently being renovated by the current church priests, who gave the church and the local Christian community a new life.
The website was designed to be a source for both news about the Church and the whole Bulgarian Christian community, as well as an educational website where people interested in the religion can learn more. As such, the menu section is way larger and categorised than in most sites.
Along with the website design, Start Creator was commissioned to create material for the site, so that it represents better the church. The building has unique interior with murals by the Mandov brothers and typical for the time ornamented woodwork. Ornaments are seen everywhere in the exterior – especially in the large altar, which is entirely in ornamented woodwork and paintings of saints. We carefully selected a few types of ornaments to create vector ornaments for the website.
The client had further requirements for the design, so the initial mockup was tweaked later on to capture what’s needed for a church website. Our photographer shot the church’s exterior and interior and the pictures were used for background and slideshows. These pictures were photographed exclusively for website use. The customly designed vector ornaments were also used for various design jobs on the website.