Project case study
Old Master Prints
Mechanical reproduction - bringing the old to the new
Online gallery catalogue and mailing list for dealer in old master prints, Christopher Mendez.
Christopher Mendez is an expert in old master prints - etchings, engravings and woodcuts. He used to have his own gallery in London and then managed his business via mail order. He wanted to get up to date and take advantage of the internet to reach out to his customers, particularly those from overseas and be able to show his regularly changing stock.
BridgingUnit designed a site that elegantly complements his existing style and which is simple, clean and doesn’t overwhelm what is most important - the prints themselves. Christopher can manage all the content of the site himself through the straightforward interface that ExpressionEngine provides, adding new items piecemeal as and when they become available so that he can rotate his stock every 3 or 4 months. He also manages his own mailing list which enables him to keep in touch with his clientele and provide them with news of his latest acquisitions and details of the fairs that he’s attending.
ExpressionEngine was a perfect fit for this project, but required a little tweaking and so we ended up writing our first plugin, BU Search Pagination, which evolved out of the custom code which was built to provide more granular control over the display of the pagination links for search results provided by ExpressionEngine’s search module.
What they said
“After running a printshop for 35 years I moved my business to my home but lost contact with some clients, however, since my website was launched last year I am once again in touch with a large number of mainly overseas clients who miss their visits to my gallery. Their response to the website which was created is always positive and very complimentary:
'Your website is wonderful - keep it up' (Texas, USA).
'Congratulations for such a stylish and user friendly website' (Sydney, Australia).
'Congratulations - nice website' (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
'I must say your site is excellent as the images are so clear and you can really see all the details' (London).
Not only is the site user friendly and beautifully designed but Aidann took into account my Luddite tendencies and even made it a pleasure for me to use. I recommend BridgingUnit without any hesitation.”
- Arts & Culture
September 2008 +