yourarthere.net

Frontend Design – Version Discussion

Posted in design, research by Lin on February 15, 2010

VERSION 2 Improvements

Homepage

  • Pull some work/information from the old site
  • Use standard ad sizes to place under Spotlight News
  • Huge image on top (2 columns)
  • No color, only one for hotlink
  • Incorporate Georgia font into site, sans-serif for small text
  • JQuery slider for featured artists?
  • Truck only logo
  • Controller nav (What’s New, Login, Search) + basic website nav (About, Apply, Artists, Support)
  • Facebook + Twitter icons/link
  • No friends
  • “Follow” + “Share” on every page

Member Page

  • Rename Guestbook to something else (make it a JQuery form to send messages)
  • Big image for member page
  • Avatar = most recent work (no actual images of person)
  • Include their news feed, recent activity, and “Guestbook”
  • No bio, just an Artist Statement that’s short or has a “Read More” option

Website Designs

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VERSION 2 Progress

  1. I found a nice website that might be similar to what we want to achieve with YAH: http://mesa.cityofgrace.com/ It has a very nice image scroller (but made with Flash) under the basic navigation and a very nice calendar below it. The footer also looks very professional and clean.
  2. Standard web ad sizes are located here:  http://www.iab.net/iab_products_and_industry_services/1421/1443/1452 At the bottom of the webpage, there are various sizes of rectangles, banners, buttons, and skyscrapers.
  3. “Guestbook” can be renamed to “Contact”?
  4. Pictures from artists are hard to come by on the old YAH site….
  5. The Homepage design will be posted once Chris is done with it. Here is what I gave him to play with anyways:  
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File Organization

Posted in organization by Brittany on February 12, 2010

Here is a visualization of how we plan to organize our files: http://create.ly/g5katzej1

If you want to join the collaboration, sign up at creately.com, let us know your username, and we’ll share the document with you.

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Database design – front page

Posted in coding, design, organization by callibeth on February 5, 2010

Brittany and I collaborated on creately.com to design the database structure needed for the front page of the new design. Link to the design is here: http://create.ly/g5b4d1z73.

If you want to join the collaboration, sign up at creately.com, let us know your username, and we’ll share the document with you.

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Drupal: an overview

Posted in backend, coding, research by callibeth on January 31, 2010

I’ve been struggling to learn the Drupal framework for the past 3 weeks, and, on the whole, I’m impressed. It’s a substantial framework, and quite complicated, but it’s flexible and powerful. Separation of content and structure and presentation is a priority of the Drupal designers.

The White House website runs on Drupal, and so do the websites of The United Nations, Forbes, The Grateful Dead, and The Onion, among others. Links to well-known Drupal websites are listed in this article, which also explains some of the features of Drupal in the section “10 Reasons to Use Drupal”: http://tips.webdesign10.com/drupal/about-drupal-311.html.

I’ve found the vocabulary a little confusing. As a matter of fact, the word “vocabulary” is used in Drupal to mean a set of categories, and the sets of categories make up the taxonomy of the system. I’m not convinced that the taxonomy is so much better than WordPress, given its comparatively complicated nature. Or maybe I just don’t understand it yet.

There are modules which add functionality to the Drupal framework. Various image modules manage the uploading and storing and access of images, including automatic thumbnail generation. The Content Construction Kit allow you to create your own custom content types. Each time you post a new Page or Story (which, along with Image, are the three core content types), you can choose whether to promote it to the home page, whether comments are allowed (and more options within that), you can choose an Image to associate with the page.

I’m still partial to CodeIgniter because of its clarity, while recognizing that Drupal is more fully developed as a CMS. Drupal requires that you wrap your head around a fully implemented system whose underlying code is relatively opaque. There’s a good article here that compares WordPress, Drupal and Expression Engine (which runs on CodeIgniter): http://www.thesitewizard.com/general/wordpress-vs-drupal-vs-expression-engine.shtml

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Post-it Conversation

Posted in research by Lin on January 14, 2010

homepage

navbar

I. Homepage

  • Database stats (examples of features, usage, etc)
  • Top 10 most visited artists
  • Event, Announcement, News Blog (paid service for companies)
  • Recent members
  • Explanation/mission statement
  • Hosting plan
  • Featured artist (random or based on something, archive)
  • Latest artworks (thumbnails, showcase)
  • Large artist image?
  • What’s new? box (members contribute to News feed)*
  • News/member feed (announcement title, artist name, date; separate URL for each post, flag, Digg/Delicious, Tweet)
  • News ticker (site news, member activity, etc)
  • email subscription signup
  • search box
  • calendar (iCal, Google Calendar integration?)
  • Suggested artist websites that member may like (based on tags?)*
  • Links to other social networks (placed with news feed widget?)

II. Navbar

  • Logo
  • Apply (check for username availability, password security)
  • User’s login
  • Call for artist section
  • About
  • Widget for news feed (for social networks or general/personal websites)
  • Support/knowledgebase (login, share what you know about hosting, FAQ forum/blog?, open so non-members can post/comment)

III. Misc

  • Mobile site?
  • Member pages
  • Member control panel
  • Project collaboration/discussion groups? (groups and solo artists)

* denotes logged in

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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)