Wish you were here

Wish you were here website screenshot wishy­ouw­ere­here­cam­ber­well.com

Online ex­hi­bi­tion web­site for the 2020 Graphic Design co­hort at Camberwell College of Arts. The stu­dents write about their show:

Wish You Were Here 2020 is an un­prece­dented ex­hi­bi­tion for un­prece­dented times, made by un­prece­dented grad­u­ates. A month ago, we would’ve been to­gether in our Graphic Design stu­dio on Peckham Road, cel­e­brat­ing the end of our three years of study­ing at Camberwell College of Arts. While the pan­demic still keeps us apart from each other, Wish You Were Here brings us to­gether vir­tu­ally to dis­cover the works of this year’s grad­u­ates.

Like most of my re­cent pro­jects, this is built on the Jamstack. I’m us­ing Eleventy as the sta­tic site gen­er­a­tor, and Netlify for host­ing. Initially I kept the data for this site in a Google spread­sheet (I did the same thing on last year’s site), but the in­for­ma­tion be­came com­pli­cated enough to make this un­wieldy.

Instead, I spun up a head­less CMS called Sanity, moved all the data from the spread­sheet into that and gave the Camberwell team edit­ing ac­cess. The build process pulls the data from the Sanity API, and Eleventy builds it into sta­tic HTML files. Sanity has a nice im­age trans­for­ma­tion API, which I use to gen­er­ate dif­fer­ent-sized pre­view im­ages and to serve them as webp if the browser sup­ports it.

Typefaces in use are Drury Lane by Nick Curtis and Work Sans by Wei Huang. Art di­rec­tion by Chloe Tabarie, Justina Čiačytė, and Matty Palmer. AR de­vel­op­ment by Chuiqing Tiger Yang.

View the live site at wishy­ouw­ere­here­cam­ber­well.com from 30th June 2020, 6pm BST.

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