"Clutter and confusion are failures of design not properties of complexity"
   Edward Tufte

"The emerging new order of art is that of interactivity, or "dispersed authorship." The canon is one of contingency and uncertainty. The culturally dominate "objet d'art" as the sole focus... is replaced by the interface... The focus of the aesthetic shifts from the observed object to the participating subject. "
   Roy Ascott, "Is There Love in the Telematic Embrace?", Art Journal, 49:3 (Fall 1990)

PROJECT #4: The Online Artist Portfolio
Due: Wednesday, April 29

Create a website that is your personal artist portfolio, to be published on the digitalarts server. The site should include all of your ARTC201 work, and have an aesthetic theme. The portfolio itself is a work of art that expresses your style that has emerged this semester. This is more than a container of artwork. This website will remain online for the duration of your time at BGSU, and you can update it at any time! There is a 40mb TOTAL size limit for your website. (keep this in mind when scaling your images and video.)

For examples, see other student portfolio sites at <<digitalarts>>
Part One: Research :: What makes a good Artist Portfolio?
Surf the web and find artist portfolios that inspire you. Chose one and critique it - What makes it good? Prepare a detailed, written critique and post it on your blog with the URL. On Monday, you will briefly introduce the site to class, explaining why you chose this portfolio, showing both positive and negative elements of the site. Consider paragraphs on navigation, color, design, theme, etc, when writing your critique.
** These must be ARTIST PORTFOLIOS. Critiques of corporate / business or other websites will not fulfill the assignment!

Assigned: Wednesday, April 8
Due date: Monday, April 13

Part Two: Planning and Gathering :: A flowchart or Portfolio Site Map and collecting content
Create a hierarchy chart or site map that outlines how you will organize your portfolio. Each box on the chart should represent a WWW page and must have the corresponding file name listed.
Let some of the Portfolios you have seen influence your site design: <<flowchart examples>>

MAKE YOUR SITE MAP BEAUTIFUL! Remember, at this point your focus is NOT on visual design, it is on interactive design, the structure of the user's experience. again, Ascott: "The focus of the aesthetic shifts from the observed object to the participating subject..."

Assigned: Monday, April 13
Due date: Wednesday, April 15

Creation Steps:
Once you have created your site map, begin planning.
  1. Create a "dummy" or skeletal structure of empty, named pages that focuses on the structure, with no content. Place this is a directory, and name each html file appropriately. You may add text to help you identify each page. For simple html templates, see: <<html templates>> For intro to html notes, see <<html notes>>

  2. Begin to collect the raw materials for your portfolio. Scan drawings, get a digital camera to photograph 3d works, etc. Collect images and texts, scan, begin to prepare the contents of your portfolio. More specific information about formats, etc. will come next week.

We are setting up a website at least for the remainder of your time at Bowling Green. You MUST INCLUDE All of the work that you have created in this class. You must have a "Digital Art" page with "Digital Imaging", "Video Art", and "3D Modeling" subpages.

Additional Pages you may want to include:
  1. Main page
  2. table of contents
  3. resume (can create in html or save as a .pdf file)
  4. Page of links
  5. Sections of types of artwork (you may divide it up how you see fit, , (i.e. Drawings, Paintings, Photography, Animation, Installations, Sculpture - and then subdivisions if necessary)
  6. Artist Statement, Biography, etc.
DON'T include things that could incriminate you or irrelevant material (most people coming to your artist portfolio don't need to know that you hang out at the local bar every night and have 4 siblings).
Remember, BE PROFESSIONAL, but be creative and innovative in your design!

Due: Wednesday, April 29

REVISIONS DUE: After the critique, you have until Monday, May 4 at 12pm to upload your FINAL VERSIONS FOR GRADING.