Although I was given several museum websites as reference for the new design, it was the Museum’s architecture with its clean bisecting lines and geometrical shapes that eventually inspired me for the homepage layout.
I limited the color scheme to black, white and grey with the red from the Museum’s logo for contrast. The content is arranged within defined columns. Plenty of white space and avoiding unnecessary design embellishments give more emphasis on the text and photos of artworks.
To help Museum staff to manage the website content, I created two custom post types to organize related articles together inside the WP admin area.
The “Art Exhibit” post type collects the exhibit articles. I created custom metaboxes where details about the exhibitions can be added right below the WP editor.
The “Product” post type collects the Museum shop products. It is a simple solution for managing the product catalog pages. This post-type also uses custom metabox panels for extra product information like book authors, product manufactures and price.
Like many WordPress themes that I build, the new Yuchengco Museum website is also responsive and adapts to smaller screen devices.