One of the things I did in late April was expand my sister-in-law Kendra’s website, Greene Ink Press. Last year Kendra asked for a website for her birthday, to show some of the work she had been doing as a result of her schooling at the University of Iowa’s Center For the Book. Kendra is in their nonfiction writing graduate program, but was also taking all sorts of really neat classes in book binding, letterpress, etc. So, last year due to time constraints and wanting to think through her website a bit, we put up a placeholder website displaying some of her work and promising more to come.
After some time, Kendra was able to think through the content she wanted on her website and how she wanted it displayed, so I was set to work again, pulling it all together to put on display how truly talented she really is. Her new website has beautiful pictures of her artist’s books (books that she has bound that convey a story or concept she’s written), essays she’s written that have been published, posters she’s designed and printed via letterpress, broadsides (a type of poster) she’s done via letterpress, and blank books that she has artistically bound.
One of the things that was a bit of a challenge/learning experience for me with Kendra’s website is that she wanted her website users to be able to click through and read her artist’s books in particular. I researched a bit about how to do this well, and found a wonderful extension that adds a programming bit to the page that allows for users to click on a photo and then it enlarges it and allows the user to scroll through all of the photos on that page. It was a bit stressful for me until I found that solution but, now that it’s done, I think it looks great.
Check it all out for yourself: http://www.greeneinkpress.com. Kendra was really excited about the website, bubbling over on how great it looks (which I agree — I do think it is a handsome website), but I contend that it’s so good looking because it displays her beautiful work, big and centered. Do yourself a favor and look through her work!