Norman Rockwell Museum Launches New Illustration History Website
The Illustration History website which went live this past August is the first of its kind - an online educational resource for the illustration arts. A project of the Stockbridge, Massachusetts-based Norman Rockwell Museum, the site is designed to be an online resource and archive for scholars, educators and other art enthusiasts that will be constantly updated and evolving over time.
As with all of my work with clients, teamwork was essential to the success of this project. From start to finish, I worked closely with the Norman Rockwell Museum team, working to define the content model for the site, as well as the relationships between the content. Our goal was to create a website that would allow users to cross reference related information from anywhere on the site.
On the design side of things, we collaborated closely with an Illustration History professor from New York City. And to ensure continuity of branding, I worked with the Museum’s existing style guide, staying true to the colors, logo and other aspects of their brand.
We used ExpressionEngine for the project, which made adding content a breeze for Museum staff. I provided on-site training to the client on using the CMS and continue to provide technical support to the Museum staff, as needed.
The website was very well received at the kickoff celebration and was also recently highlighted in Communication Arts online magazine. Going forward, I'll be continuing my work with the Museum in order to implement some Phase 2 site enhancements to the site.