I’m Anthony Kolber, a web designer∕developer from Melbourne, Australia.
Un Magazine is a printed, Melbourne-based bi-annual, contemporary art magazine. I was commissioned to design their new site and to propose a strategy for moving their published content online.
We worked on developing a design and a structure which would align closely with the original magazine, while still taking advantage of the digital medium.
The site was built on top of the Stacey CMS, running on dropbox and complemented by a custom admin interface. This system will slowly become the central entry point for all content. Issues will be constructed online, exported as XML and then passed into InDesign to create the final printed magazine.
The Thousands are a collection of online city guides covering five of Australia’s key capital cities. I was contracted to lead their redesign alongside Rob Cordiner, who was in charge of their new identity, and the team at Icelab, who handled development.
To reflect the DIY philosophy of The Thousands, zine publishing became our key reference point, informing both the identity and the greater site design. Taking a rawer visual approach also allowed the focus of the site to become the written and visual content.
The whole team collaborated closely through Basecamp and Github, allowing for a very fluid, responsive design process and for the visual language and the functional site to be developed in parallel.
The Conversation is a nonprofit, Melbourne-based news platform I’ve worked with on and off for the past few years.
In preparation for launching into the UK with a new team, they were looking to undertake an overhaul of their main publishing interfaces.
I worked on developing a design system to handle their rather complex information hierarchies, in turn establishing some overall ground rules and laying a foundation for a full-scale redesign.
We focused on creating clearer separations between the primary, secondary and tertiary functions of each page and, where necessary, merging or designing entirely new interfaces.
I was brought in to Melbourne University to develop a set of brand guidelines to tie together their disparate online identities.
The decentralised nature of the university made enforcing any guidelines difficult, so we decided on adopting a community-focused, open-source approach. Each design decision was discussed openly and published to a public Github repository, involving the broader university community in each step of the process.
The ‘guidelines’ eventually evolved into a collection of templates and patterns, which are now extended and maintained by the university web community.
At the same time I was working on the redesign of the university’s course search tool alongside Icelab, which became one of the first major implementations of the new guidelines. It provided a perfect opportunity to test the flexibility of the system under more complex design constraints, ensuring our proposals were robust enough for real-world use.
When iOS 5 was released, it implemented many aspects of the new HTML5 spec, including the cache manifest and local storage APIs. Currency.io was an opportunity to experiment with the new technologies and to play with the idea of building an app-like experience in HTML.
As this app was developed in many respects, as a manifestation of our philosophy on the future of webapps, it was released to the public for free. It was also open-sourced, to serve as a working example and reference point.
Stacey is a lightweight content-management system driven by text files and folders. The idea of the software is to give users the power of a traditional content-management system, but without the complexity of installing and maintaining a database themselves.
Over the years, I have also developed a dropbox integration, which syncs website content between local dropbox instances and a server. I have used this as a simple admin system for a number of clients as well as on my own image blog.
If you have any interesting projects coming up, I would love to hear from you.