Tuesday, October 16, 2007

How NOT to Display Your Artwork on the Web

Charley Parker, a professional web site designer, writes: "There are millions upon millions of bad sites on the web, but artists really work at it. Never have I seen such an array of sites in which artsy designs, misplaced cleverness, highbrow concepts, amateur clumsiness, arrogance and ignorance have been painstakingly employed to drive visitors away."

He has therefore "...created a collection of handy tips for how to send editors, art directors, gallery owners, prospective buyers, webcomics readers and casual users hastily clicking away in search of some portfolio site other than yours." These can be read on his blog:

Fortunately, Charley also has written a 6-part series of astute posts about "How to Display Your Art on the Web":


Part 1: Finding a Web Hosting Provider

Part 2: Registering a Domain Name

Part 3: Building Your Web Site

Part 4: Planning Your Web Site

Part 5: Designing Your Web Site

Part 6: Preparing Images for the Web

Charley Parker's Blog, Lines and Colors states that it is about anything he "...find[s] visually interesting. If it has lines and/or colors, it's fair game." It's a great blog for anyone interested in discussion about art.


Sandy said...

Gwen- great reference for new websites here- and I am on the middle of having mne re-done, so timely as well! Thanks for all the research you do to make this site such a valuable resource for us. Hope you keep it up forever!

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Sandy - I'm so pleased that you are finding this information useful. Every time I stumble across something else, I'm amazed at how much information is available.