HappyFeet’s sister site, Stencil Archive, continues to thrive amongst the street art webstreams. HappyFeet began Â in 2002 when my stencil photograph selection grew to a point where I felt the need to scan and upload to share and share alike. Last week, Stencil Archive saw the 20,000th uploaded photo, which has been dwarfed in size by corporate sites like Flickr. Back in 2002, a simple Google search brought up maybe 6 sites, none of which were covering the growing, pre-Banksy scene. Â Stencil Archive met the need and many sites soon followed. Now they are all vaguely “street art” sites. Stencil Archive is still 100% all about stencils!
While the photo uploads ticked to 20k, I was working on a site redesign with Justin Fraser at Mission Web Works. No one buys computers or laptops anymore, right? Then why the hell isn’t Stencil Archive easy to see and navigate for all the smart phones and tablets out there? Justin and I took care of this major barrier to enjoying the site. Apple’s Jony Ive really pumped up the flat design craze with iOS7, so I redid the Stencil Archive logo, favicon, and homepage icon (yep, you can save a cool app-like button on your phone’s homepage to easily access the stencils) for this 2014 reboot.
Other digiplans in the works for this year (and maybe 2015) include: streamlining email addresses by deleting a few (already done, so be warned), taking down the outdated Flash version of Stencil Nation (can’t view on Apple products) and redirecting to Stencil Archive, possibly moving to a new host that actually has a decent, content-included backup system, and then figuring out a way to create and migrate the archives into a Drupal platform (GalleryPHP has ceased to be developed and supported). Sounds like fun, right!?