The Cultural Encyclopaedia is a project by Ghanaian artist Nana Oforiatta-Ayim to facilitate the re/ordering of knowledge, narratives and representations from and about the African continent.
I was approached to help create the on-line version of this encyclopaedia, providing a simple system that would allow for the various pieces of information to grow and reveal the intertwined and non-linear narratives that are important to the understanding of Africa that Oforiatta-Ayim wishes to demonstrate.
Gasworks, www.gasworks.org.uk, 2015
Web Development with Content Management System and E-Commerce.
Gaswork's commissioned a new website to coincide with the opening of their re-furbished Gallery, Studio and Office spaces in Vauxhall. I worked with design studio AtWork to develop a new site to represent their new start, to futher demonstrate their place in the Triangle Network, and to create an easier to manage website for them.
The site provides a database of all their activities structured to allow quick access to the most relevant information on mobile and desktop, whilst also providing access to their full archive of work. Management tools are set up to give Gasworks control over all content throughout the site.
As well as managing the migration of data from the previous Gasworks website I also migrated two previous websites for The Triangle Network to centralise all of Gasworks' content and to provide a cosnsistent representation of all of Gasworks stranfs.
Kirktonhall Creative Media Group (KCMG), www.kcmg.org.uk, 2014
Logo Design & Branding, Website design & build with Content Management System.
Kirktonhall Creative Media Group (KCMG), is a charity set up to restore the historic buidling Kirktonhall in our local village of West Kilbride, with the plan to develop it into a Creative Media Centre with technical and training facilities. When I first discovered the project I was delighted to find such a thing going on in my doorstop, and got involved as a trustee of the group.
When I joined KCMG the project had come a long way, but was feeling quite fragmented by local politics and wasn't presenting a clear front on it's intentions and direction; it needed to re-present itself to the local community shake off the stigma of it's early days, and signify and update on it's progress and direction.
To help with this I created a new logo for the group, and developed a simple and clean design direction we could apply to the website to make it approachable and accessible for the varied target audiences of the project. I have also helped in developing the business and building plans as part of the trustees group.
Concept, Design & Development
A self initiated project to help with their outreach to the local community, this is a small website designed to allow local businesses to present themselves on a map fo the area. It's a first step in creating more comprehensive website for West Kilbride and it's surrounding area.
Deveron Arts approached me to help in the development of a website for their Walking Institute programme, which studies art, journeying and the human pace. Originally I proposed an individual site for the project, but as the idea for the programme developed it was decided that integrating the site into the existing Deveron Arts website and design.
The project tries to get across the pace of human activity from the splash page, encouraging the visitor to pause and enjoy one of the journeys the Waking Institute has underaken. It then tries to contextualise the work that Deveron Arts are doing in the context of those who interact with it, using a map that traces not only their project locations, but also the visitors to their website. This then hooks back into their existing project database, all sitting on top of their exisitng site design, with some tweaks under the hood.
The project invovled a lot of work bringing their existing website framework, built with Django, up to date, and extending it for the new project. A whole Wordpress site that had been built as an early project of the walking institute was also integrated into the new site, and the existing Deveron Arts website extended to have better mapping facilities.
Network of Websites with unified Content Management System.
Working with Public Works, The Useful Arts developed a previous website they had created for The Wick Curiosity Shop into a network of sites, each representing one thread of the R-Urban-Wick project they were undertaking with AAA.
The site was built using our Critter Content Management Framework to work with different URLs providing different entry points into the different contexts the project operates in. Each site maintains a core navgiation representing the over-arching R-Urban Wick project, with modifications to the core styling making each site unique whilst similar to the other, both in presentation and content.
Website design & build with Content Management System.
Alekdandra Mir commisioned The Useful Arts to help take her old, self built, flat HTML website which had long been managed by her assistant, and create something that was consistent, clean and thoroughly interlinked that she could manage herself. The resultant website provides comprehensive documentation of 19 years of her work.
"This website is my Cadillac", Aleksandra Mir.
Broadcasting System + Cinema Space
Following from The Useful Arts involvement in developing the website for the 2011 Floating Cinema Website we were invited to advise on the setup of the equipment for the new Floating Cinema to provide A/V equipment for film presentation and providing live internet streaming from the boat.
The Useful Arts developed a bespoke webcam, GPS tracking and multi-camera streaming solution that could be used on the boat. We worked closely with the commisioners UP Projects, architects Duggan Morris , artists Somewhere and the boat builders at Turks Shipyard, from the initial concept for the boat through the design and build of the boat to make sure the systems were well integrated into the fabric of the boat.
The technology on the boat was integrated into the Floating Cinema website, also developed by The Useful Arts