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Website for Pigna Library

I started talking with the library’s director, Freddy Colt, in July. In August we agreed that I’d be a volunteer and help the library with some stuff. We agreed on what I would work on, but the necessary information and files were never sent due to shareholders other library administrators not agreeing.

One of those things was an online book catalogue. When I was in Sanremo, I went to the library and nudged Freddy to give me the book catalogue. Once I got it, I talked to a friend of mine, Ilya Sidorchik, a master of library catalogue and database projects. It became his term paper (project).

Work started immediately. Ilya became the art director.

This was my first sketch:

Then I improved it a bit:

Ilya started talking to me philosophically about “building a castle” and the Italians that built the Kremlin. Food, wine, and the sun are also part of the conversation, because they are things that excite Italians.

He brings up an idea on how to make the website’s aesthetics look more captivating:

Favourites chooser in iOS 7 Apple Music

I did this:

Ilya responded: “Robert, I think you’re still restricting yourself. There’s no need for that.”

Fixed:

Since I was making six different versions, I saw that the 2560 px version could also use an upgrade:

Another idea came up:

We started talking about the details and how putting actual book covers on the home page is close to impossible: the library has rare books the covers of which are not readily available. He also tells me the five steps I should follow to make the website better.

Working on this project also reminded me about how long Italian words usually are.

I started from scratch.

I added support for adding the library’s events in the top-right corner:

I fine-tuned the details with nine intermediate mockups. My final mockup:

I was in parallel studying code, which meant I solved the first & last name crisis we had:

Name = 'Calvino Italo'
print(Name.split(' ')[1], Name.split(' ')[0])

The book adding page looks like this. It is meant to be identical to book editing, because editing is the same thing as adding but with info already filled out.

Ilya then worked hard to make the website come to life.

I came to Italy, met Freddy and gave him the keys.

Pigna.pro

P. S. Ilya’s post (in Russian)

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“Events in the Riviera” website

I started working on this project in July, when I saw ugly event posters being put up around Sanremo. To fix this, I made a classy three page document.

It then occurred to me that the official posters were already put up, therefore my design could not get widespread until next month. Secondly, Sanremo isn’t the only city to host interesting events, so a logical continuation of the project would be encompassing events happening in the surrounding area.

To make sure everyone knows what’s happening, I made a website, which, unlike posters, can be edited at any time. I’ve been updating it ever since. I’m now searching for a person that would do so for me.

I know, it doesn’t pop: it’s bare-bones. It’s not hosted on my server yet. The speed of adding new events is limited by how quickly I find something interesting, plus there’s no automatic mechanism for doing so. That’s why it’s still in beta. Tell me what you think: riviera.kurlov.net

P. S. I’m now going to document every update I make. Today I added a checkmark that appears on events that I verified by visiting. This system will not always work as events usually happen at a certain time, but it works very nicely on those that last several days.

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