Putting Your Art on the Web

A talk given on 1/12/02 to the Contemporary QuiltArts Association of Seattle by Karen Seymour, The Computer Workshop

Getting Started
Definitions
Design Issues
Appendix (hardware and costs)
PDF of handout
CQA
The Computer Workshop

A web site makes it easy to:

Show pictures and whatever without having to worry that receiver can read attachments and you don't clog their e-mail

Coordinate a group
(an aside for group coordinators: see groups.yahoo.com for group discussion , www.quickbase.com for group database)

Share information

Sell a product (maybe)

and...

Before you get started consider the following:

  • Why? Knowing your purpose will help focus your design.

  • Who is your audience?
    • Do they use the web? What connection speed (modem or faster)? If slow, use graphics with care.

    • How fancy a monitor? Again, if low resolution monitor, take care in your graphics.

    • Older browser? may not support newer features like cascading style sheets.

    • Sight problems? Use relative fonts, no frames, alt text for graphics.

  • How do they find you? Mailing to group, links from others, ads, search engines.

  • Is someone else doing the same thing? Does it make sense to cross link?

  • If this is a business oriented item, what is your competition doing?

  • What is your budget? Do you plan to take credit cards over the internet? If so you need a more expensive and involved setup (see Appendix for costs of various options)

  • How much time do you plan to commit to site maintenance?

Appendix
(hardware and costs)

A talk given on 1/12/02 to the Contemporary QuiltArts Association of Seattle by Karen Seymour, The Computer Workshop

Copyright 2002, Karen Seymour