Artevist.com

A big (for me anyway) project that I worked on over the summer has launched. It’s called Artevist.com, and it’s a site that is about creating T-shirt designs by and for people who are concerned about global issues.

The site boasts many features, some of which were implemented during some very late at nights after last summer’s long days.

The list includes:

  • a forum blog
  • classified ads
  • an online store
  • design submission uploading
  • a contest and voting system
  • search functionality
  • membership management

Essentially the business model for this website is this:

  1. Get as many designers and artists as possible who are riled up about global issues of all sorts to create and submit t-shirt designs.
  2. Get as many people as possible to vote on those T-shirt designs, scoring them from 1-10.
  3. Pick out the most popular designs, reproduce them on T-shirts using ethical fibre, labour, and printing techniques
  4. Sell them to as many concerned citizens as possible through an on-line store.

We’ll see how it goes. The site has been in beta since the end of last year, and it’s acquiring members and designs exponentially as time goes on. This is a good sign, and hopefully it will continue.

At any rate, we’re all very proud of it here at BigMike Studios, which is to say I am proud of it, and it was great working with (and continuing to work with) the team assembled, which included the nice folks at my former employer and now client, ShowMakers Productions, and my compadre and office-mate, Robert Aitken of Kazoo-Studios.

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