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wiggz.com Celebrates 10 Years of Delivering Fresh, High-Quality Pixels

October 12th, 2009 | No Comments

Ten years ago today, I registered wiggz.com. I would like to bake my fine art web site a cake to celebrate, but it does not eat. What to do?

If anything, perhaps this is an appropriate time to express appreciation to all of the people out there who have helped me learn how the Internet works. Without the advice of others, wiggz.com would not be the same.

To commemorate all that has changed in this sector of cyberspace, I offer you this screen capture of what my site looked like in 2002.

fine art web site

By the way, when I registered wiggz.com, it was a Tuesday, as well as the 507th anniversary of Christoffa Corombo running aground in Hispaniola. Here in Phoenix, the mercury surged to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). And shares of AskJeeves.com (ASKJ) closed at $68.50; the previous day, the stock surged 35.4%, after Microsoft announced it would expand its use of the question-answering service. Not surprisingly, none of us got rich when that happened.

Yes, it feels like 10 years have passed.

Nonetheless, I look forward to continuing this giant fine art web site experiment for 10 more years, if possible.

The new wiggz.com is alive … alive!

October 31st, 2008 | 2 Comments

After months of planning—as well as three weeks of bending code (ever so gently), resizing images and mucking around on the site in general—I am proud to say that the new-and-improved wiggz.com is alive! Just in time for Halloween, no less—in true frankensteinian fashion!

That said, you may experience errors within pages here and there. If you encounter anything annoying, please let me know via email.

I’d like to thank my good friend Dave Prescott at B12, Inc. for providing stellar project-management for the redesign; Chester Schendel for developing the design concepts; and Adam P. Moore for coding his minimalist CSS so beautifully.

wiggz.com has been online, in multiple iterations, since 2000. For the first time, I feel like I’ve truly got my act together.

Hope you like the site … I’m going to pour myself a beer now.

A preview of the new wiggz.com

October 10th, 2008 | No Comments

Over the past two weeks, I’ve traded my paintbrush for my keyboard, to focus on building out the future version of wiggz.com. This redesign project has been in the works all summer long. Now that I’ve got the templates, it’s time to populate the pages, all 100+ of them!

If you’d like to preview my progress, please check out grantwiggins.com, which I’m treating as my development site.

My projected go-live for the new wiggz.com is the end of October. If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to fit in a painting between now and then. But if you don’t see anything new on these blog pages, you’ll know why. Regardless, when I’m all done, it will be so much easier to view my art on the web.

A new year, a new spirit

January 2nd, 2008 | No Comments

New Year’s Day is probably my favorite holiday — along with Thanksgiving. The new year offers a moment to hit the reset button on life. It’s a time for clarifying the future and reflecting on the past, imagining how things might change and remembering those we have lost.

For some people, it’s just another day. But for me, I look at January 1 with intense interest. It’s is a liminal time. A time for trying new things and shedding the old. It’s a clean slate. Perhaps you feel this way too? Or perhaps I am stating the obvious?

A New Year’s souvenir: A beautifully designed label

In that spirit, I invested a lot of time over the past month rethinking my web site and planning for the future. (Why do I have a site? What am I trying to say? What is this thing, anyway?!!!)

You may therefore notice the new design, with four new, distinct, online painting galleries. And I hope you like what you see. I think of the new design as wiggz.com 4.0; it’s the fourth iteration of the site, going back to 2000.

(To see previous versions, if you’re morbidly curious, check out the Wayback Machine.)

One of the features of the new design is an online art store. While I’m not harboring designs to transform modern capitalism by selling paintings and prints directly, my online art store at least will make available modern art for collectors steadily, in a frictionless fashion.

It was Radiohead’s decision to distribute their art directly that inspired me to establish my own online art store. If musical artists are distributing their work directly to their fans, then so can — and should — visual artists. Many have been placing fine art for sale online for years, especially through eBay. I am happy to continue the trend, with no expectations or preconceptions.

It seems like the predictions for disintermediation that we kidded about in the dot-com era have finally come true. While the gallery business model can be beneficial to many artists, I personally don’t see the need for gallery representation. Instead, by placing art for sale online and dealing with collectors directly, I will be able to undercut gallery prices and, in turn, reach more collectors.

After all, why is IKEA more popular than, say, Design Out of Within Reach? Pricing. While IKEA’s products are just as well-designed (and arguably not as durable), they are much more affordable. This is because IKEA stocks its own brand. There are no “authorized sellers” in their business model, as there are in computers. They sell directly to the public. And as a result, IKEA has brand loyalty that competitors can’t touch. They make their profits on inventory turns.

Over time, perhaps soon, I will be adding new paintings to my online art store. The shop will have a more elaborate shopping cart, too — something more involved than Paypal, which works fine for the moment.

But enough talk about the online art store! I hope this year is a good one for you. May you achieve the goals you’re looking to achieve. Make it great in ’08! Happy New Year!