Artstor releases a new design and navigation to its web site that is far better organized and arranged. Rather than a scattering of sections and drop-down menus dispersed around the home page that made it difficult for the user to focus and find where exactly to go and how to proceed, the new design centers the user’s attention and offers easily discernible direction without the confusion of overwhelming options:
Of particular interest is the new “Resources for Librarians” section, which is somewhat misleadingly labelled since it offers downloadable brochures and help guides beneficial for many different types of users, for the novice student (“Introduction to Artstor”) to the professor (“Introduction to Shared Shelf”) to teachers (“Common Core Support for Teaching”) to donors of images (“How to Contribute”). It could be better differentiated from the general Resources link that leads primarily to introductory guides and webinars. But that’s a small complaint compared to the overall vast improvement in the look and navigation of this new design:
Founded with a mission to enhance scholarship and teaching through the use of digital images and media, Artstor is a nonprofit organization committed to digital collection solutions for universities, museums, schools, and libraries worldwide. Today, the Artstor Digital Library shares 1.8 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from outstanding museums, photo archives, photographers, scholars, and artists.