More and more galleries, museums, and collectors are willing to view web portfolios showcasing you and your work. Additionally, art galleries are discovering the benefits virtual galleries offer as sales tools capable of reaching collectors worldwide.
The MRM Web Design team are experts at producing the museum quality websites artists need to showcase their work in the best light. Proficient at digital image preparation, we make certain our artist websites not only look great, but that they load exceptionally fast.
Unlike low-end services offering template-based do-it-yourself online portfolios, our AvantFolios artist sites feature advanced technology, and we give every AvantFolio a special look and branding suitable to the client's work, giving the site a world-class look-and-feel. See the section below to learn about the MRM Design Advantage and why an AvantFolio may be the best investment you can make in your career.
A world-class AvantFolio artist site starts as low as $695, including full-featured hosting and domain name registration for one year. Review our online demos and experience why our Avant Folios are the most powerful and feature-packed online portfolios available. And we make it easy to expand and revise your site with our very quick service and reasonable pricing.
Your AvantFolio artist website can be eCommerce empowered. Whether you wish to sell only a few prints online or you want to established a large-scale eCommerce art operation, we have a cost-effective solution scaled to your needs and budget. A full service firm, the MRM Web Design team can fulfill all your web needs, including copywriting and photography.
Spend a hour or so reviewing the artist websites listed by your local art organization and you'll probably be amazed how frequently the sites of artists, galleries, performers and art groups rank among the most lackluster, uniform, and poorly designed sites on the Internet. Even more ironic, the sites of exclusive galleries and known artists are often among the poorest of the poor in terms of design and presentation.
Our mission is to provide artists and creative professionals like you with world-class online portfolios and galleries which showcase you and your work in the best possible light . . . and to make it the best investment your can make in your career.
An AvantFolio will not only show your work in a dignified and professional manner, it will help distinguish you and your work in a way only a web site especially created for you can.
Recently, a number of online businesses have sprung-up offering apparently low-cost, "self-maintaining" artist websites. Indeed, they appear to be low-cost, but they are not a good value over a MRM AvantFolio for a number of reasons, and we'll explore some of them below.
I couldn't be more pleased with my AvantFolio. I chose the Elan Enhanced Design option and it has greatly enhanced my image as an artist and a business professional. Most importantly, it has already led to a number of sales. On top of that, the work was done extremely quickly and efficiently. I would highly recommend the MRM Design Team's services to anyone.
Low-end web portfolios offer a limited number of lackluster "prefabricated" templates. Not only do templates generate "sameness" on the web, they restrict design and layout possibilities. And if your low-end web folio company offers the possibility of customizing templates, you must spend the time and possess the skills to do it yourself. If you're not a trained graphic artist and web developer, and think it would be a good idea to make your own web site, we offer an important piece of advice: "If building your web site is your hobby, your business or profession will look like a hobby."
Low-end, generic web portfolios are "self-maintaining" – that means you have to do all the work yourself – and to do it well you need patience, experience, and costly, complicated tools, like Photoshop. Shouldn't you be working in your studio or spending quality time with friends and family rather than struggling to maintain a low-end web site.
A Basic AvantFolio consists of five web pages: 1) a splash or home page; 2) an artist biography or artist statement page; 3) a Smooth Gallery Page showing a number of thumbnail images and a large image. When the viewer moves the mouse over a thumbnail (or, if your prefer, when a user clicks on a thumbnail) the large image is swapped with an enlargement of the selected image; 4) an exhibition page; and, 5) a contact page with a secure contact form. Your AvantFolio can be extended to include additional gallery pages and informational pages, such as an artist statement page or a resume page.
Let's take a closer look at each page of an AvantFolio. Click on the thumbnails shown to the left of each page description below to see a live example.
The Splash or Home Page is what a visitor sees when they go to yourdomainname.com. We'll create a unique Splash Page featuring your work. The Splash page also carries links to each interior web page, and if your AvantFolio includes more than one gallery, we can provide links to each gallery page.
Some creatives may also want to add separate pages for an Artist Statement and Resume.
A Galley Page consists of several thumbnail images and a single large image showing an enlargement of the thumbnail image selected by the user. There are many possible Gallery page layouts - thumbnails may be arranged in a single row on the top or bottom, or in rows and columns. Unless you state a preference, we choose a configuration which best suits your gallery page.
Additional Gallery pages may be added to your AvantFolio, either initially or at anytime you wish. To accommodate additional Galley pages, we add an extra page which acts as the Main Gallery page (far left). The Main Gallery page includes graphic and textual information regarding each Gallery. The viewer may click on the provided image and text links to view a particular Gallery. Additional Gallery pages are normally $125 for a page featuring 10 images, and you may add as many Gallery pages as you wish.
To give your users a powerful, easy-to-use interactive experience, each Gallery page can include our exclusive Avant Control Panel. This $150 option places an array of extra features and functions at the viewer's control - such as toggling sound and the slideshow feature, viewing extended descriptions, sending email inquiries regarding a particular art work, as well as eCommerce functions. Learn all about it under the "Avant Controls" tab.
The Exhibitions page normally lists the artist's past showings and exhibitions, as well as information regarding current and upcoming exhibitions. This page may also include a listing of your Collectors and commercial Galleries or Representatives.
Some creatives and professionals may want to substitute the Exhibition page with a Client List.
Due to rampant spamming, we do not recommend placing your email address on your web site. Spammers use automated web "spiders" to search the web for email addresses to be added to their spam lists. Instead of listing your email address, we provide a secure spam-and-hijack proof contact form. With it, spammers will not be able to find your email address, and the form is also hijack-proof, which means spammers can't exploit your web site's email facility to send their spam to the masses.
Additional Informational Pages pages may added at any time. While pricing depends upon actual page content, additional pages typically cost about $50 if included during the initial site build, and slightly more if added to the site after launch.
Our exclusive Avant Control Panel is a $150 option which can be an integral part of any Gallery Page. Here's what does, how it works, and why your viewers will love it.
Here's a listing of what you'll need to provide us to have your AvantFolio artist web site online in a matter of days: