It’s been another exciting week at Ello. We have a lot to share:
- Learn how to get your Gif in a museum exhibition
- Check out our fresh new “minimal” category in Discovery
- Submit your work to Not For Print Issue 02 — Resist
- Explore our upcoming editorialized homepage redesign
- See how we’re leaning into Android
- Get jacked on this week’s art giveaways
- Find out which bugs we fixed
MediaLive x Ello GIF Exhibition
We believe your GIFs belong in a museum. So we’re is teaming up with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) & MediaLive to bring your GIFs to the Museum.
Since 2012, BMoCA has presented MediaLive, an annual festival that brings together art, digital culture, and technology. This year MediaLive will consist of a week-long series of performances, workshops, and events all thematically investigating: The Void.
As part of this year's MediaLive festival, BMoCA and Ello have teamed up to present an International GIF Exhibition. Superstar GIF artists, Clara Luzian (@render_fruit), Gustavo Torres (@kidmograph) & Trevor Van Meter (@heytvm) will curate and select 20+ artists that best represent this year's MediaLive theme - The Void. Selected artists’ work will be exhibited in the museum on two screens during the week long MediaLive event. Follow along at @medialivexello.
Learn how to submit here.
New Category: Minimalism
Minimalism is a quest to expose the essence to communicate the value of an object. Explore an inspiring and striking curated series of minimalism in art and design.
We’re excited to feature this all new category in our Discover experience. This category is also the first example of a collaborative category. Carl Barenbrug, @barenbrug, and Rachel Mauricio Castro, @rachelmauricio, have teamed up to co-curate the Minimalism category.
We want your feedback
Last week we revealed a new Ello homepage concept and asked for your feedback. We’d like to thank everyone that offered feedback for the great response, we’re super appreciative for all the feedback and we’ve decided to follow up with a survey. Please take a minute or two to fill out this quick, 3 question survey about what you’d like to see on your Ello homepage. We will be giving away 5 copies of Not For Print Issue 01 to 5 random participants.
Take the survey here
We’re Leaning in to Android
Our current Android App Sucks. We know. We built the first Android app as a web wrapper, meaning it’s our mobile website put inside of an app. We were hoping this would be a temporary solution to hold us over until we built a fully native Android app. Unfortunately it’s just not good enough (especially on older devices).
We’ve started development on native Android components that we can plug into the existing wrapper. We have identified the most problematic areas we’re tackling those first.
Specifically, we are rebuilding the Omnibar (where you make a post). Right now older devices don’t have enough internal memory to load an image from your library or camera into the editor, so the app just refreshes - which is obviously not ideal. We’re rebuilding this entire experience with native code so it will work consistently. The editor is pretty much built and we’re now working on the integration into the wrapper.
This doesn’t mean our Android app won’t suck overnight, but incrementally it will get better and better. Eventually we’ll wake up one day and none of the wrapper will be left and we will have a fully native app.
We will keep you posted as we progress.
Here’s is what we have lined up for this week:
A black and white monotype print from @mlui
This giveaway is live, enter here
It looks like R2D2 borrowed my helmet yesterday… by Bea Toa, @beatoa
Bea Toa is a Graphic Artist playing with pop art elements, colours and harmony. She was born in the south of France and currently lives in Brighton England
Wavelength Shift/Blend by Joseph Shaeffer, @josephshaeffer
This print is from Joseph’s new exhibition Seeking That Which Reflects The Longest Wavelength
- Comment tools are now to the left on hover in grid
- Images in comments are no longer being vertically stretched on mobile web
- The quick emoji comment tool was showing is now displaying emojis off as intended
That’s all for this week. See you next Tuesday.
Awesome background image by @1sles.
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