New website by Highpoint Media - Art By Christina

Take a look at our latest creation - ArtByChristinaLees.co.uk - a CMS, responsive website designed for local artist, Christina Lees.

Christina has been producing glorious paintings for a number of years, and after much encouragement from her family and friends she has decided to publish her work online; and quite rightly too! Most of Christina's paintings are inspired by nature and meaningful places around the world. They are well worth a look at, and if you feel inclined to purchase one, either for yourself or as a gift, just get in touch with Christina via her website.

The website we designed for Christina allows her to upload and manage all her paintings, post information about her upcoming exhibitions, view her incoming enquiries and manage the general page content. Our bespoke admin panels are easy to use, unlike the more mainstream CMS platforms such as Wordpress. Check out our last week's post, 'Why we don't use Wordpress to develop our websites'.

Challenges

There were two exciting challenges involved in this project for us. Firstly, Christina had expressed a desire to design her own logo, which seemed a very apposite idea; after all, it's not so often we get to create a website for someone who is in the same industry as us - the Creative Sector.   Christina painted her logo on artboard using Gouache, and e-mailed us a digital photo of it.  It was our responsbility to vectorise the logo, while maintaining the 'produced by hand' element.  See the before and after images below:

Logo vectorised from artist's sketch

Our second challenge was the protection of Christina's paintings.  There are numerous horror stories of artists having their work stolen then reproduced abroad and sold in the masses.  We had some lengthy discussions about what could be done to prevent this from happening.  We decided to develop the site so that a watermark is automatically imposed onto any large uploaded images.  With the watermark being semi-transparent and qutie stylish, we found it didn't detract much from the quality of the painting.  This task was a challenge because each uploaded image is resized four times on this particular website.  It was also crucial that the watermark appeared perfectly central on every image.  There was some mathematics involved and strong cups of coffee!

Working through the Covid-19 lock-down

We are normally very excited about meeting our customers in person, and sitting down to discuss the ins and outs of their website.  Thus, it was a shame not to be able to have a face-to-face meeting with our customer on this occasion.  We really hope this Coronavirus lock-down comes safely to an end soon.  In the meantime, we are still working, and this latest project demonstrates that we can still serve you even if we can't see you face-to-face.

Stay safe!

Comments by visitors

Highpoint Media (2nd May 2020, 12:16PM):
"Thank you very much for your kind comments Christina. It is important to us that you are happy with your website. I hope the website will help you to get your art out there; it really deserves to be."

Christina Lees (30th April 2020, 04:09PM):
"From Christina Lees, on set up of my new website :Artbychristinalees. I have wanted for a while now, to have some sort of website put together, to basically show my work online and future art I will be doing. I wanted it to be a 'brochure type' website, not necessarily a selling point at this moment in time, and had thought more about aesthetics and a simple introduction to my work in progress. I have to admit, that during the present Coronavirus lockdown, I have had to conduct business between myself and my web designer, over emails and phonecalls. Idealy I would have sat down and discussed with my drawings and examples of work, and also a simple design I had for a hand painted logo (please see blog:Highpoint Media). With being a brochure type website, I had ideas of backgrounds and colours and had asked my website designer for lists of fonts I had in mind; and also wanted the use of one of my paintings as a backdrop to all the site pages. I had in mind to use the same font for the entire website, one that was 'easy on the eye' and to be a more classic seriffed font called Lora, as it looked a nice compliment to my page backdrops. with the sheer number of typefaces available, my designer came up with some examples that would match my ideas; and since my website has gone live, I have had feedback from family and friends, that the webpages look pleasing to look at and not a strain to read. All in all, the construction of my website has gone really well, and I have found my web designers patience, advice and insights more than helpful; and intend to keep all my future web support and backup in the same hands. From my ideas from scratch, I'm more than pleased on the outcome produced and can highly recommend Highpoint Media, with thanks Christina Lees."

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