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UA Arts is the rededication of the Upper Arlington Friends of the Arts and I want to invite you to check out our new website UAArts.org and you can follow us @UAArts on twitter.

We’re excited about our new site and will provide you with the latest news about events and arts opportunities in Upper Arlington. Come out to the Taste of UA for your opportunity to meet the volunteers behind UA Arts, pick up some giveaways, enter to win a prize and of course make a donation! You’ll find us at the upcoming Labor Day Arts Festival and the Volunteer UA event in September.

If you have any art events in UA or nearby on the NW side then please feel free to contact us for a calendar listing. We’re looking for feedback as well so take a look at the site and let us know what works for you and what doesn’t. As this is a soft launch of the site we’ll be doing a few waves of updates over the next couple of weeks to hopefully tweek it in the right direction. Thanks in advance for any feedback!

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6 Responses to UA Arts Organization Site Launch

  1. AmyArt21
    AmyArt21 August 7, 2008 9:28 pm at 9:28 pm

    Wow, There is a lot going on with the site visually.

    The colors could possibly be more harmonious. Since the UAArts logo is orange, why not switch the yellow arrows on the site to orange ones? And change the green to a very soft gray?

    Maybe the “Upcoming Events” font could be the same as the font used in the top bar.

    The top bar doesn’t seem to go with the rest of the site. Everything else is bold and graphic and this piece, with the brain and the money, seems weathered and deconstructed. I’m all for juxtaposition, but there needs to be something to unify the two aspects.

    I just felt like my eyeballs were exploding when i first looked at it. I think viewers/readers want something simple and streamlined, but visually interesting and informative at the same time.

    I hope you don’t take this the wrong way; I fully intend for this to be constructive criticism. I want the site to be something that people are willing explore :)

  2. chivespa1 August 25, 2008 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the feedback. I don’t take it the wrong way at all (although I’m sorry it’s taken this long to get back to you about it). I like your suggestions and will send them off to our webmonkey for consideration. Thanks again!

  3. asil August 25, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm

    AmyArt21 wrote I just felt like my eyeballs were exploding when i first looked at it.

    I thought that was a little harsh when I first read it. Then I looked at the site and I totally agree, it made my eyes actually hurt. Good description, Amy.

    My eyes were pulled in several directions on the homepage which is distracting. The contrast in the background and font color on the Events tab made the listings a bit to read. If fuchsia has to be the color on that page I would go with the powder blue out of the logo for the font. And the yellow on the Contact page was a bit too highlighter-ish. Aesthetically the page I liked most was the Donate tab. Easy on the eyes, easy to read, still colorful, and it was complimented by the more artistic variation of the bright bands of color outside the box.

    Nice job on the site overall though and I applaud your efforts to keep the Columbus community informed on arts happenings in UA.

  4. daniel
    daniel August 26, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am

    This brings up something I’m so intrigued by.

    I’m always surprised about how most artists and designers prove themselves different beasts in their work. You would think visual artists and visual designers would be so close in their approach to something like a web site or brochure, but alas, they approach the problems from two seemingly totally different perspectives.

    I’m interested to know if the person who did this site is primarily a visual artist, or a designer? AND

    Was the Logo done by the same person?

  5. Columbuzz
    Columbuzz August 26, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm

    daniel wrote This brings up something I’m so intrigued by.

    I’m always surprised about how most artists and designers prove themselves different beasts in their work. You would think visual artists and visual designers would be so close in their approach to something like a web site or brochure, but alas, they approach the problems from two seemingly totally different perspectives.

    I’m interested to know if the person who did this site is primarily a visual artist, or a designer? AND

    Was the Logo done by the same person?

    Just my two cents on designers – both being one and working with them: Designers tend to do a lot of things that look pretty, but aren’t really functional. It’s an interesting balancing act, especially in the marketing and advertising world.

    You want it to be eye catching and “pretty,” but that can’t overwhelm its actual function.

    For example, I hate reverse type. Does it catch the eye? Most of the time, yes. But it’s very difficult to read, especially if a sans serif type is used or it goes below 10 points. And don’t get me started on designers who use reverse type for copy that is actually layered on a photo. Mainly, though, I’d say I get irritated at the person who approved it :)

    Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot of things look great, it’s just my job to work with it and make it functional. Not everything – including websites – should be an art piece.

    That said, I agree with the above statements… all of them! Great job on the initial design and its purpose. Also, the suggestions sound fantastic!

  6. chivespa1 August 27, 2008 8:52 am at 8:52 am

    Yes the same person did the site and the logo. He’s not a professionally trained designer, he’s in training though and making good progress. We had several iterations to end up with this and, while I think it’s pretty good, as I work with it there are things that will need changed. I really appreciate the feedback as I think it will only help to make the site better, the resource better and hopefully result in better funding for public art which is the ultimate goal of all of this. Likewise I think that this will help make the designer better as well. He’s not local but I’ve invited him to take a look at this thread.

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