When I was in high school, I had founded a literary
and culture magazine called Inkblots. I'd stepped
down in 1996, handing it over to some friends of mine to
continue, but in 1999 they'd grown tired with it, so I took
it back. I knew I wanted to bring it online, but how?
The online edition of Inkblots is the
most complex website I'd ever tackled. It started small,
only about 30 pages or so, but by the time I posted its
Summer 2000 edition it had ballooned to over 300. The site
developed a multitiered information architecture, utilizing
a cover page, a master table of contents page and subsection
contents pages to keep the content categorized and orderly.
The content itself was provided by friends, contacts online
and complete strangers who discovered us on the web and
signed on for the ride. The webzine took the concept of
the original magazine fiction, poetry, artwork and critiques
of books, music and movies and brought technology news
and reviews into the mix as well. Its design rotated from
season to season, but the coffee-hued edition at left was one
of my favorites. The current blue design was brought online in late 2001.
Inkblots was built and maintained using Adobe
Photoshop, Adobe ImageReady, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe GoLive,
and a little handcoded HTML, and other programs as necessary
including Metacreations Bryce and Fractal Design Painter.
The next step
Inkblots has been updated by hand ever since I first brought it online. The next step for this project is going to be the creation of a content management system built with MySQL and PHP.