Non-Commercial Static Website on Bootstrap-Base for a Streetart-Project
Static Website, really? Yes, you read correctly! But why? Well, that´s easily explained: As a participating artist I was invited to the Strassengold (in english: “Streetgold”) Streetart Project and found out that the website for the project was well-meant but unfortunately not well done. Especially in matters of fulfilling the projects intention, but more about that later.
So I quickly wrapped up a static Bootstrap-based prototype in a few hours and thought that would be it. I thought wrong. Totally wrong.
The purpose of the project was on the one hand to arrange an exhibition to evoke a certain interest in Streetart and on the other hand to give visitors a chance to explore the city of Cologne with an embedded map where “Streetart Hotspots” would be marked. Vice versa artworks “in the wild” would get an QR-Code to access information about the artists. For that reason it would be nice if the site was mobile-optimized to allow access “pon the road”, wouldn´t it?
What I totally under-estimated was the fact that life is not a bed of roses when you have to deal with 40 creative minds, need to collect all data and try to fulfill individual wishes. If I had known that before, I´d had the project set up on WordPress right away, because there were so many changes etc. involved.
As a final conclusion of the Strassengold-Project:
- If you work with more than 10 people – Do it with a CMS!
- If it´s probably going to need a non-projectable amount of updates – Do it with a CMS!
- If you gotta upload a LOT of media files (~5/person * 40 artists) – Do it with a CMS!
Anyway, great project and whenever you can take the chance to pickup a non-commercial project: DO IT! It´s not only fun, you´ll grow from this experience. In this special case many of the exhibiting artists donated their artworks for a final auction. The auctions proceeds were all endowed to refugees. Thumbs up!