Client: Aratoi

Redesigning and upgrading a museum website

Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History is one of the best regional art galleries and museums in Aotearoa New Zealand and provides high quality experiences of art, history and culture at its gallery in Masterton.

Anthea Birch has worked at Aratoi since 2009. In 2010, Windush Design redesigned the original website and Anthea designed a new look for the site. Drupal was chosen to power the site. Drupal is a powerful content management system making it easy for Aratoi staff to update the website.

Website redesign and upgrade

In 2019, an upgrade to Drupal 8 was combined with a redesign by Geoff Francis. Geoff supplied mock-ups of the new design which were used to create a custom Drupal theme.

Screenshot of the home page of the Aratoi website, from 29 Jan 2021
Screenshot of the exhibitions page of the Aratoi website (from 03 Jan 2021)

Exhibition images

Geoff’s design required two different shaped images for each exhibition, an oblong one and a square one (as pictured above). These are cropped and resized manually and uploaded to the website by Aratoi staff. This means that staff have control over the composition of each image and the website automatically displays the correct image (square or oblong), depending on the number of exhibitions being displayed and the width of the user’s screen.

COVID-19 and virtual Aratoi

When the lockdown in March 2020, the gallery was closed and so Virtual Aratoi was developed. This was a quick and easy process with Drupal.

Pro bono web hosting

As a contribution towards supporting Wairarapa arts and culture, Windrush Design provides reliable, NZ based web hosting for free and some development work is done at a discounted rate.

Mockup of the Aratoi website on 4 different devices

Aratoi website

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