Week3: Project proposal

Overall idea :

build website where my past works are shown.

Other purposes might be achieved:

A self-exploration about my own knowledge system

Futher projects proposals

A general direction of further researches and studies, in what area will I continue study

Possible tools to build up the website:

1. WordPress: WordPress is well-known as a blogging platform, but it can also easily be used to build a regular website using static pages. It’s likely the most customizable option short of a custom-built site, with hundreds of different themes, and many options for beautiful galleries and slideshows of your work. There’s both a free option, WordPress.com, and the self-hosted software WordPress.org, which is free to use but will require you to pay for hosting (probably around $10/month). This article explains the pros and cons of each service.
As seen on: This blog, Art League member Wendy Sittner’s website, Adam Wilder’s website, and MICA’s photo department.
2. Heavybubble: Unlike WordPress, heavybubble is designed specifically for artists, with easy-to-set up templates for galleries, artist bios, links, and contact form. Options start at $20/month.

As seen on: Gallery Director Rose O’Donnell’s website. Rose: “I liked the ease of setting it up but now find that I need more from them, and they don’t provide things like a link to my Facebook and Twitter pages.”
3. Other People’s Pixels: Another service geared toward artists, OPP promises “the best shameless-self-promotion that money can buy.” Like heavybubble and Fine Art Studio Online (below), it offers a free trial. Plans start at $16/month. OPP’s blog has a Tips & Tricks section with tutorials on things like search engine optimization, protecting images of your artwork, and setting up a “virtual business card” with a mobile site.

As seen on: The microWave project site. Co-founder Allison Nance shared that she loves the service, but the sites don’t work as well on mobile devices.
4. Fine Art Studio Online: FASO includes easy-to-change image collections, events, and built-in visitor statistics. Two features that may make it more attractive are the option to sell artwork through the website, and a way to manage and send email newsletters. The cheapest option, $8/month, allows you up to 25 images; the next step up is $28/month.

As seen on: Art League members Web Bryant‘s and Jill Banks’s new websites. Jill said that while she doesn’t like the idea of using templates and looking too similar to other websites, the service’s ease of use makes it “fantastic.” She said the email newsletters were the main factor in her decision. Web writes that FASO is great for displaying art and for the integrated blogging, but “you need to play with it to not look like all the other templates.”
5. Weebly: Weebly features free hosting as well as an easy drag-and-drop way to build your website.

As seen on: Grayson Heck’s website and Art League instructor Nancy Freeman’s new website. Nancy posts videos, demos, and blog entries there and reports that building it was easy.
6. Others: There are lots more ways to make a website! We sent out a call for feedback on Facebook, and our fans suggested, in addition to the sites above, Sitewelder (seen here), Behance (seen here), JimdoPro (seen here), Yahoo! Small Business (seen here), the artist-focused Big Black Bag (seen here), and more.

For photographers, there are a number of options, like SmugMug and PhotoShelter (used by Art Leaguer Carol Simons Huddleston), both of which offer built-in ways to sell prints. You can see what everyone had to say on Facebook here.

(From http://www.theartleague.org/blog/2013/03/21/how-to-create-an-artist-website/)

From the above mentioned tools, I have some experience with weekly, and some with WordPress. However I don’t think WordPress is that easy to use, in contrast, I’d better like to write some simple codes in Dreamweaver and try to upload…. So, maybe the option 2 or option 5 since I’m not going to sell projects, but maybe it is useful for other students especially in curator stream.

Things to be done

1. Collecting projects, and revise some of them which I am not quite satisfied when I created them

2. Write artistic statements for them if I haven’t done so.

3. Edit a demo reel to give others an overall idea about what I’ve done and what I am interested in.

4. Try to find a way to link up each single work, make categories

5. Try the tools and stick to one, begin building up the website

6. Think about the user experience, try to be user-friendly

7. Aesthetic: simplism

8. Publish the website

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