2010 redesign

What is possible: A conversation

Posted in research by Owen on December 23, 2009

This blog organizes and documents a collaborative effort to redesign as a “crowdsourced” site. The new website will be database driven and allow members to add news updates and other content related to art exhibitions and events.

The first steps will be to consider what is possible. We’ll research and evaluate example sites that allow multiple users to update content (text and images) that have well-considered layouts with multiple “nodes” containing said content. For example, here are two great sites. is the free blogging site we’re using. Their home page (you may have to look at it with another browser if you’re logged-in) displays images and titles from the latest posts by a random selection of bloggers using their service. is the domain for Triple Canopy online magazine that features various creative and socially-conscious writings. Their home page includes a few of the recent ones.

Lastly, the home page for includes images and text from articles about tech and culture.

Continue the conversation by replying to this post with examples and comments about what is else is possible for this project!

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  1. Lin said, on January 6, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    As soon as I heard about, I was immediately reminded of The Fan Sites Network (FSN). This is perhaps the best free hosting on the web for underground coders like myself who are drawn to website-building based on entertainment interests, like celebrities or movies. Under their Hosting Features, they share site statistics which is very interesting to know. They give you example sites and how much webspace or bandwidth they use per month. On any of their pages you can also see the top ten of their most popular hosted sites, twitter updates, etc. It may also be useful to note that FSN has a News Archive that we can consider implementing into a members-only tool for site updates, events, etc. FSN is using the blog-like News Archive strictly for administrators however. Once a member of the free hosting service, you acquire access to The Fan Site Network Support Forums, an exclusive community that helps in site promotion among other things.

    FSN has recently joined with, a similar service with a different layout. Their support forums are more friendly to outsiders so we can see exactly what members share with each other.

    In a nutshell, I think both FSN and are good sources to explore for inspiration.

  2. Brittany said, on January 6, 2010 at 5:27 pm is a top web hosting company that has earned several awards. They have a WordPress-like blog that covers relating topics, including webmaster tips and information. There is also a helpful Order Check function for their customers. is a popular web hosting site with a unique advertising campaign. They feature an easy-to-use domain checker on their homepage for quick results. On the right sidebar there are icons illustrating each benefit the customer gets for signing up with them. This handy combination of text and images helps the customer in understanding what they are paying for. There is also an impressive forum community where anyone can get support and exchange ideas in order to enhance their domains. It is here where the website advertises its social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. is another hosting site that has a different approach on offering and receiving information from people. Called the Knowledgebase, they have a straightforward database of account management, services and e-mail among other topics. It features tutorials, FAQs and additional resources. The Quick Facts on the left sidebar is nice for those who like seeing the numbers of a company. Unfortunately, since this system is not like a forum, the only way for people to ask more questions or offer more information is through the telephone, e-mail, or live chat. is a nicely designed hosting website that has a creative way to show off their testimonials. Cleverly titled The Herd’s Word, this page features the customers’ “love notes” that cycle through every couple of seconds. Next to this is a Top 10 speech bubble that changes when the mouse is over a pagination number. Overall, this is very impressive!

    As for allowing users of to have control over their own layout and information, creating a Drag & Drop with PHP & jQuery would be one solution. This is only one of several tutorials from that may be beneficial to this project.

  3. Owen said, on January 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Great research! I’ll make a new post where we can record possible features for the new site.

  4. Owen said, on January 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Here are some more sites:
    – An entertainment (arts, culture, news) website and email list.
    – Actually, a daily non-location based version of…
    – Same as the above but specific to cities. For example:
    – Huge email list (with website mirror) for visual arts and arts education.
    – Announcements are purchased and start at $600

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