Hi everyone, I think it’s evident the time has come to upgrade our website past a simple squarespace template.
I’ve came in contact with the good people from aparelho.tv (who got pretty excited to have the chance to design our new website), and after a comprehesive discussion with them this is the proposal they’ve came up with for us:
9-week process for design and development of a contemporary website both in aesthetic and functionality. Contemplating the same content-structure (archived in a new content-management system) as the current website.
Inspired both by the nature of emerging decentralized organizations and by the kind of artwork collected by Fingerprints, Aparelho proposes a website that is an algorithmic collection of layouts based on specific contemporary aesthetics. Those layouts would co-exist and be shown at specific amounts of time based on a voting rank by the members of the DAO.
To simplify a potentially complex process, a few premises are set from the beginning.
Website will have 5 different Designs (Layouts), implemented one by one three weeks after each other. That number can be self contained or ever growing depending on members reaction.
Each layout can be minted as its own NFT and become part of the DAO’s collection from the get go. (This is inspired by artist Rafaël Rozendaal’s usage of websites as artworks for several years now. This is just a speculation, however.)
Before launch, all 5 designs will be presented to members for voting, ranking them from 1 to 5. These associated numbers will be used to determine how long each version stays visible each day.
Another set of rules based on Fingerprints Collection will also be set in place to augment the complexity and/or apparent randomness of the rate of availability for each Design.
Launch time is the same as the less complex project, the added complexity being developed at the backstage in the weeks following launch of layout number 1.
An example of different aesthetics that can be sourced for each individual layout can be found in the selection below. (Those are not final and can be further refined before starting). Also important to notice that, whilst those can be good starting points for visual experiments, our designs would be their own, self contained and unique).
D1. https://smc-real-time.com/ (3d based)
D2. https://field-not.es/ (text based)
D4. https://arch.bard.edu/ (heavy coloring and typography)
While both processes will yield an evolution in Fingerprints’ digital presence with strong aesthetic zeitgeist, the second option sure is a more meaningful commentary on the important evolution happening now in the Art World, Internet/Metaverse and how people organize. It can be viewed as an artwork collection on its own.
For the second method, we contemplate inviting two other design studios to contribute with 2 different layouts, all following the same set of rules and objectives. This is entirely optional.
The second method would also require another 12 weeks, at a 21 weeks total. We are planning to release its first public version, however, in the same 9 weeks of the first process, thus eliminating possible time-based drawbacks.
Both proposals would store content on a customized CMS.
To accomodate for possible 3D/WebGl/Three.js associated costs, the total costs would range from $10,000 (~3.12ETH) for the first method to $25,000 (~7.8ETH) for the second. Payment plan and installments will be detailed in a follow-up proposal and contract.
Please discuss and vote below:
- Yes! Option 1 (simple website)
- Yes! Option 2 (complex website with variations and NFTs)
- No. (please elaborate)