Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) have been expanding horizons in visual art since 1994. They are dedicated to the development of a radical artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalization.
With an extensive back catalogue of exhibitions, events and projects; one of the main requirements of their new site was to migrate a vast archive of content from an outdated bespoke CMS into a more modern and usable system.
We have simplified what was a painfully convoluted site architecture spread over 6 websites and blogs with duplicated navigation structures and content, into something much more manageable, while retaining almost all of the original content and embracing Iniva’s minimal visual style.
The final migration included over 700 events, 322 news posts and 752 directory entries. Along with a shopping area and various resource centres, the site was an exercise in simplicity and organisational thinking.
In order to encourage exploration and discovery of this interesting archive of visual art, the homepage is a draggable image mosaic that links users to increasingly obscure areas of the site as you explore out from the centre of the page. This was a handy solution for surfacing some of the gems that are hidden deep within the archives.
The site is also built to show off the positive reception and social impact that each project receives, communicating clearly the profile of their work through tweets and social media embeds, as well as quotes and articles. We went with a manual approach to these social areas – allowing the team at Iniva to choose the social media responses that are most exemplary of the wide reach which each project has.
Fiasco have helped us to navigate a very complex brief – creating a contemporary website that serves our current needs as a visual arts agency whilst making accessible our 24 year exhibition history and archive. They have consistently made the process of creating a new site thought provoking and exciting. We have learned a lot about presenting ourselves as an organisation through the process, particularly through social and digital media impact. The Fiasco team offered us the right balance of technical and design knowledge at the right pace for us. We feel confident that Fiasco have designed a site made for the future of Iniva.Jenny Starr, General Manager at Iniva