MTB Bozeman was a concept project that was done for school. As I got further into my senior year at MSU I wanted to do more school projects where I could develop my skills and explore new ideas. The goal of the site was to showcase the mountain biking community in Bozeman. I didn’t get to do a lot of interviews before I published it but I like the layout and I was pleased with the end result. I designed the logo, picked the colors and did all of the web design.
I wanted to design a simple brand for the site that was concise and Montana-focused. I picked colors that were bold, a little bit retro and reminiscent of fall, my favorite time of year to ride bikes. I picked fonts available in Google Fonts (who likes paying for licenses anyway?) to make it easier for the project to translate across multiple browsers.
Part of the assignment for this project was to showcase various types of media. It was a perfect opportunity to include much of the video and photo content that I shoot on various mountain bike rides throughout the season. I also experimented with including audio of the interviews conducted with friends. I also included Strava segments as a fun way to showcase Bozeman trails.
The website built on a simple, one-page design that matched up with the
Interview with Matt Forbes
How did you get into mountain biking?
It was because of my dad. He raised us – me and my two brothers – to ride. Where we grew up there was a lot of close trails around.
What do you like about mountain biking?
It’s a great feeling. You get to explore the place you live really well. And you get to have a lot of cool friends and do fun things with them.
What’s your favorite trail and why?
Blackmore because it’s a long ride, lot of elevation, lot of different terrain.