Interactive Annual 17:
An artists mecca. The creative inspiration from the content is what makes the site. Oscar Llarena
Innovative curating approach and support of the arts. Véronique Brossier
Celebrating art, creativity and innovation, this site launched in 2010 to showcase the work of the artists that AOL has supported and promoted over the past year. With a clear, streamlined nav and a visual design that drops back so the art can be appreciated, the site is an appropriate platform for the colorful display
of more than 81 artists and 202 commissions. In the gallery, brief bios and quick questionnaires offer insight into the artists and links out to their Web sites create an additional bit of promotion. The site is kept fresh with a news feed of AOL in the creative community and a newly launched canvas section where visitors can select backgrounds for their AOL homepages.
- • BlogSmith is used to manage all site content.
- • On average 300 submissions are considered each month for commission or collaboration.
- • The site receives 1.2 million page views and more than 900,000 unique visitors per month.
Comments by Nikki Macaluso
Each collection of work we commission is an evolution in what we are doing with the brand and has a different story and objective. We started with photography, graphic design and illustration, and now have expanded the breadth and depth of our commissions to include sculpture, collage and found objects. We continue to magnify our global reach, and hope to expand our collections to have a more thematic nature in the future, while also carrying a compelling narrative. After a rigorous submission process, we select the work and the artists that we feel are a great fit for AOL and the AOL Artists community.
The exposure is extremely important to our artists and were determined in our effort to create and maintain a community of artists whose careers we nurture and support. We utilize the AOL Artists site and social networks to promote our artists on a frequent basis. We encourage them to keep us up to date with upcoming shows, new work and various projects so we can actively promote them throughout the site and on our Twitter feed. Many of them have received commissions from individuals who have found them through our site.
Dan Sormaz, art director
Pablo Caro/Ramon Espinosa/Ye Liu, graphic designers
John Kilpatrick, creative director
Sammi Leibovitz/Katie Sierveld, strategy
Maureen Sullivan, senior brand strategist
Nikki Macaluso, production manager/curator
Wolff Olins, consultant
AOL (New York, NY)/Wolff Olins, project design and development