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Erik Gecas

Erik Gecas
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

This is an artist’s portfolio presentation site, for Erik Gecas, an artist in Nevada. Although it appears to be a simple brochure site on the front, it is powered by Drupal, making things easy for him to enter and showcase new work.

For the paintings pages, I developed and used the Views Slideshow module, which adds a jQuery slideshow to any Views enabled content (not just images, but also for videos, text, or any other kind of content). On the individual painting pages, I developed and used the Magnifier module, a wrapper for the (modified to work with Imagecache) jQuery image zoom plugin of the same name.

There are two content types: one for paintings and another for books. Both use an ImageField with Imagecache, and are used for the Views. The Views pages are created using Taxonomy views, with a taxonomy for the painting year, and another for book titles (since the books include several pages each).

The various full-page rollovers, such as for the main page and the books and paintings landing pages are created using CSS sprites and simple hand-written node pages. It does mean the background images are about 200k or so, but it’s worth it for the flickerless loading time on what would otherwise be three or more full-page image backgrounds. I like the effect, but I guess I’m a little biased…

Disclaimer: Erik is my brother-in-law, so I did the site in my spare time. But you should vote for it anyway, because it’s cool. And I did get to contribute a couple of cool and useful modules with the fun project. :D


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