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Jun 8 / Arno Bosse

Goodspeed Notes

Goodspeed Notes is the online newsletter of the Department of Music.

Design Notes:

The Goodspeed Notes site (like the Adpatation, OPC and DOVAtemp sites) is unusual in that it is built around a heavily customized WordPress theme created exclusively for this purpose. This theme is thus not directly available for us by other groups (please contact us if you would nonetheless like to ask the designer for permission to re-use the theme for your own site). The site’s layout was inspired by so-called “magazine” style WordPress themes. Several of these (such as a Arras, deStyle or Magzeen) are currently in testing by Humanities Computing. Please contact us if you are interested in this style of layout for your site.

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May 28 / Arno Bosse

DOVA Temporary

DOVA Temporary is a storefront gallery administered by the University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts (DOVA). Its primary goal is to provide a professional quality facility for the exhibition of graduate, undergraduate, and alumni student work from DOVA on a regular basis. In addition, the gallery hosts exhibits and events organized by a wide variety of arts-affiliated groups and individuals, both within and outside of the University, that fall outside the program of other, more traditional venues on campus.

Design Notes:

The DOVA Temporary site (like the AdpatationOPC and Goodspeed Notes sites) is unusual in that it is built around a heavily customized WordPress theme created exclusively for this purpose. This theme is thus not directly available for us by other groups (please contact us if you would nonetheless like to ask the designer for permission to re-use the theme for your own site).

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Feb 27 / Arno Bosse

Albanian Linguistics Conference

Conference on Albanian Linguistics hosted at the University of Chicago on February 28th, 2009.

Design Notes:

Elite WordPress theme (outdated). This is a very simple, but effective site with separate pages for all conference related issues such addresses, the conference program, directions, sponsors etc. The post features of the blog are not being used at all and the blog page has been set to re-direct to the workshop program / conference schedule page (in most themes it is possible to turn off unneeded pages in the site menu).

Of especial note on this site are the links to audio, videos and screencast recordings for each speaker as well as links to downloadable PowerPoint files and PDFs of their handouts. The multimedia files from the conference accessible on the site were prepared with Podcast Producer. The same files were then re-used and placed on in the CEERES album on the university’s iTunesU site for easy download and syncing to a mobile device such as an iPod.

Unfortunately it is not advisable to use this particular theme today since it has not seen any updates for several years. Please follow this link to see other model conference websites using a variety of different readily available WordPress themes.

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Nov 13 / Arno Bosse

Art and Politics of East Asia

The graduate Art and Politics of East Asia workshop provides a common intellectual forum for students and scholars of diverse fields investigating the interaction of aesthetics with political economics as reflected in textual and visual media in East Asia.

Design Notes:

A very simple and effective workshop site based on the Writer’s Blog WordPress theme. This theme is a good choice if you don’t want to select an image to go along with your site. Several more of our supported WordPress themes also give you the option of not placing an image in the header.

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Sep 25 / Arno Bosse

Chinese Opera Films after 1949

Conference held at the University of Chicago on Chinese Opera Films after 1949 - Music, Theater, and Cinematic Arts.

Design Notes:

Roundflow WordPress theme (outdated). This is a quietly elegant site characterized by a careful and harmonious selection of colors for the banner, menus and linked text. The colors for these elements (which can be set in the theme options) are derived from the photo on the front page. The post features of the site have been turned off so that each element of the site is based on an individual page.

Unfortunately it is not advisable to use this particular theme today since it has not seen any updates for several years. Please follow this link to see other model conference websites using a variety of different readily available WordPress themes.

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Sep 9 / Arno Bosse

Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture

The Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture aims to develop a new model for graduate education in American culture, to serve as a hub for the exciting multidisciplinary study of America at the University of Chicago, and to make that study visible on a national and international level.

Design Notes:

This is a very simple site based on the Tarski WordPress theme which was put together at short notice for the center. Each section on the site corresponds to a WordPress page. The theme’s horizontal navigation bar was turned off in the theme options in favour of a Page widget displayed in the sidebar.

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Mar 19 / Arno Bosse

What Poetry Narrates Conference

Conference website at the University of Chicago for (Ce) que la poésie raconte or, (What) Poetry Narrates.

Design Notes:

NigaRila WordPress theme. Very simple, easy to make conference website consisting of a single post on the homepage announcing the event (additional posts could have been added here for updates, announcements, schedule changes etc.) and a small number of pages for the other elements of the site (Sponsors, Contacts etc.). The text overlaid on top of the banner image is created automatically by the template. All you need to do is to prepare an image with the appropriate dimensions (the theme will even let you use and crop images that are too large for this purpose). In addition the theme allows for the use of different colors beside the default white for the site title. A site like this can easily be put together in under 20 minutes.

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Mar 12 / Arno Bosse

Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

Website for the third annual Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science in 2008. The goal of the annual Chicago Colloquia on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) is to bring together researchers and scholars in the humanities and computer science to examine the current state of digital humanities as a field of intellectual inquiry and to identify and explore new directions and perspectives for future research.

Design Notes:

The DHCS conference website (built on the Tarski WordPress theme) is structured a little more elaborately than most of the other WordPress conference sites listed on this site. To begin, the site’s home page does not default to a page listing individual posts (which is the WordPress default) but to a static page. This allows the site to specify a different page for posts. Visitors to the site first see the general info page and can then switch to the blog page for announcements and updates. In this case, the blog page was also used to record the registration information of each participant at the conference including areas of interest recorded as post categories. This in turn allowed the organizers to provide a running overview (and allow visitors to search for) who was coming to the conference, what areas they were interested in etc. You’ll also note that the items (widgets) in the sidebar are different on the home and the blog page – this is a special feature of the Tarski theme (it also provides the same functionality for footers). As a final point of interest Tarski does a nice job styling the default Page widget. You can see this on the site’s home page where parent and child pages are displayed in an easy to follow hierarchy. Once you know that such options are already built into Tarski and WordPress creating a site such as this is not at all difficult.

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Feb 18 / Arno Bosse

South Asia Graduate Student Conferences

Website for the annual South Asia Graduate Student Conferences at the University of Chicago.

This MistyLook WordPress theme based site cleverly organizes each year’s conference as a set of linked pages (one parent page and several child pages). Each packet of pages follows the same structure (Abstracts, Participants, Program, Locations, Maps and Directions) allowing the conferences to be displayed one under each other in the site’s sidebar. Navigating through the site is also helped by the fact the each parent page will (at the bottom of the page) automatically link to its child pages and by the decision to repeat the top level or parents pages in a horizontal menu provided by the theme at the top of the site. While all this may sound complicated it really is not – the adjustments required for this type of page organization are very easy to follow once seen in practice.

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Feb 2 / Arno Bosse

Open Practice Committee

The Open Practice Committee in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago explores the atmospheres and attitudes that make art contemporary. From the conventional departmental presentation to the unconventional institutional event, the Open Practice Committee aims to advance our collective understanding of theory and practice within the visual arts.

Design Notes:

This website is unusual in that it is based on a custom WordPress theme that was built to order for OPC by Neoteric. As such, it should best be seen as an example of the degree to which WordPress themes can be modified. Very little, if any “blog like” elements remain on the site besides an overall emphasis on “event” driven content. On this note it’s worth taking a look at the site’s Events page which includes a Trumba calendar layout with an emphasis on images. The site also makes good use of WordPress categories to allow users to browse through past content.

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