yourarthere.net

Project timeline

Posted in backend, coding, design, organization, research by Owen on February 15, 2010

Here’s the plan for this spring:

Jan 14: Introductions and post-it note meeting
Feb 1: CMS overview and selection
Feb 8: Design version 1, database layout conversation, install Codeigniter
Feb 15: Design version 2, database layout conversation
Feb 22: Design version 3
Feb 23: Start to build database with Sequel Pro
Feb 26: Complete database design and complete database
Mar 1: Design version 4, begin coding frontend: start creating the pages with Codeigniter
Mar 15: Design version 5, markup and add data for testing
Mar 18: Database table and data conversation
Mar 22: Marking up site in XHTML/CSS and connecting Codeigniter
Mar 25: Working out details of application form, discussion XHTML/CSS markup issues
Mar 29: Working on community member page, other XHTML/CSS markup issues
Mar 30: Design coded in XHTML/CSS, begin creating dashboard for administration
April 5: Frontend should be pulling all data from backend, begin browser/OS testing and validation
April 8: Discuss administrative dashboard and application process
April 12: Continue work on admin dashboard, tags for artists pages
April 15: Conclude admin dashboard, begin work on member dashboard, discuss procedure for uploading files
April 19: Continue coding member dashboard
April 22: Complete member dashboard, go live date for Beta site, begin member/user-data testing.
May 15: Conclude all member testing, begin making changes based on feedback
May ?: Stage 1 jquery additions
May 22: Go live date. Celebrate successful project!

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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:  

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)