So, after having spent the past year pondering this, and looking at quite a few professional photographers’ websites to pull the design inspiration from, I have set about begiining work on Grimey Studios’ own customized WordPress theme and configuration to let anyone with a PHP-capable webhost set-up their own professional quality website that can be set-up completely in an hour and maintained in about 2-15 minutes a day.
We have opted for the very en vogue clean aesthetic. In our post-Bauhaus world, clean, clutter free design with lots of whitespace is almost 100% correlated with elegance, and a clean elegance is what most young or new artists are going to need for their sites, I think. A good online portfolio, like a good gallery exhibit, should get on with making viewing the art possible and then stay out of the way as much as possible otherwise. To these ends, we are working initially with a design that allows the art (be it sketches, photos, paintings, or shots of ceramics, etc…) the star role, letting the chrome of the interface fall down to subtle sans serif typefaces and the occasional framing line.
Here’re the initial mock-ups, for the three planned color schemes, a sample of a basic page, and a sample for a parent gallery ladning page. The styling of the blog portion is yet to come, as are the exact goals and rationale’s behind the system, and a roadmap for planned features. I’ll add those soon.