yourarthere.net

A little history and list of possible features for the new yourarthere.net website

Posted in research by Owen on January 11, 2010

yourarthere.net is a web hosting consortium for artists/designers, art organizations, and activists I created in 2004 while a director of Your Art Here.

The original plan, was that in addition to the very low costs, personal support, and feel-good non-profit nature, the yourarthere.net website would network artists by providing not only links to members of the yourarthere.net community, but also by featuring one artist or group each month on the website with an image and link to the member’s website.¬†Unfortunately, this turned-out to be more work than expected for one person.

So, the goal of our project is to redesign the yourarthere.net site to make it and the organization as sustainable as possible. I’ve listed important results to consider below.

  1. The main goal is to make the yourarthere.net project sustainable. Here are some things I think will help that:
  2. Feature artists and galleries on the website.
  3. All news and arts content will be user-generated.
  4. Email announcements will be automated.
  5. Consider carrying advertisements on the website. See: e-flux.com
  6. What should we do to make yourarthere.net more competitive (better hosting plans, support, etc.)?
  7. Add an easy-to-use CMS like indexhibit.org for artist websites.
  8. How to make payments easier? (currently set-up as PayPal subscriptions but if user’s cc changes it breaks the subscription, and we have to set it up again.)

List any possible features you can think of in the comments!

  • Login section for members
  • Member pages that they can update
  • Member news that appears on 1. their page and 2. a public feed on the yourarthere.net home page
  • Calendar of events (list or calendar view on Home page)
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What is possible: A conversation

Posted in research by Owen on December 23, 2009

This blog organizes and documents a collaborative effort to redesign yourarthere.net 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.

wordpress.com 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.

canopycanopycanopy.com 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 wired.com 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!