Tasked with creating a website for an exhibition of websites, my solution was to mimic a salon-style gallery experience in a browser.
An M.F.A. Design class that I was part of was finishing the semester with an exhibition of the work made during the class. I volunteered to create the website for the exhibition. Since it was mostly websites made during the class, this created a fun challenge of website-displaying-websites-in-gallery.
I knew the opening night (pictured right) would be crowded with people also looking at printed work.
How could I use digital possibilities in a unique way that wasn't distracting? My solution was to use the screen to engage interactions that normally don't happen in a physical gallery.
Moving your mouse around the website is akin to moving your eye around a gallery wall.
When you are find out more info about one work, the rest of the gallery wall is always in sight. Just as when you’re in a real gallery, you’re never only looking at one piece of art at a time. Your peripheral vision is always there to engage your curiosity.
To make the website a great addition to the opening night party, I designed it to be not only for consumption but also for production.
In keeping with the name of the exhibition, you can press “CmndP” on the website itself to print out a customized poster. When the poster prints out, you’ll see images from some of the works that you clicked on. Thanks to some jQuery, the images are randomly placed on the poster. This provided visitors with some memorabilia on opening night, a take-home gift.
Having the websites printing out custom posters made for a very unique gallery experience. Having the website still up is a showing of the work for those who couldn't come.
Design and coding by Winston Struye.
Help from professors Jon Sueda and Catherine Schmidt