I believe in openness so I am showing all the work I can find decent images of, as well as sketches, works under-construction, side projects, source imagery, messy studio photos and invitations. I want to provide visitors with a true sense of my motivation and method.
When we made this website in early 2016 the challenge was to reinvent the regular artist portfolio: there just had to be another way to share this much material other than having your visitors scroll endlessly or having them click titles in lists...! We found the solution in the thumbnail-grid. Hardly a new invention, but used here in layers: the main layer -a yellow grid- is the same everywhere and it is found on the bottom of all the pages. Each of the thumbnails it contains link to one category. Opening a category unfolds a new layer: a black and white grid stacked on top of the yellow one where each thumbnail links to a corresponding full-size image of an actual work. Each work can be reached in two steps from any other point in the portfolio this way. This not only provides the visitor with easy and intuitive navigation; the thumbnail-grid also offers a visual impression of the size and content of the entire portfolio, a panorama.
Ron van der Ende
This website was designed and built by Ron van der Ende with the help, advice and technical support of Pepijn van Sandijk. You should contact Pepijn if you want to create a website similar to this. You can find him at byldar.com
The design of the website borrows aspects from the design of the book The Factory Set which was made by Ron van der Ende with Jan van Mechelen of ZEE – strategy and design: zee.nl
The website was built with WordPress with the “Semplice” plugin. “Semplice” is a drag-and-drop portfolio builder. Further plugins are “Definitely allow mobile zooming” to allow pitch-to-zoom on phones and tablets; “Hide YouTube Related Videos” to allow correctly oEmbedded videos; and “No Title Tooltips” to avoid unwanted titles popping up on mouseover. Share-to links were done with the “Sharify” plugin which was hidden behind a Share This link with “Collapse-O-Matic”. The fonts are Roboto and Crimson Text from Google Fonts.
Thanks to all the photographers. Many of the early photos are by Mark Weemen and Hans Wilschut. The first series of reliefs was photographed by Bob Goedewaagen in 2000. Theo van Pinxteren photographed the pieces in the Museum Rotterdam’s collection. Twan de Veer took a series of work-in-progress photos in 2013 and Aad Hoogendoorn did the same in 2015. All uncredited photos are by Ron van der Ende.
Bob Goedewaagen: goedewaagen.com
Aad Hoogendoorn: aadhoogendoorn.nl
Twan de Veer: twandeveer.nl
Mark Weemen: markweemen.com
Hans Wilschut: hanswilschut.com
The Estwing Hammer at the top of this page is the most frequently used tool for this work. A well-worn, light, Leather-Grip claw hammer forged from a single piece of steel, and, believe it or not, it actually sings when in use.
The Hands slideshow at the bottom of this page consists of beautiful close-ups shot in the workshop by Twan de Veer in 2013 for his work on the Uit de Hand publication by Vuurrood.