Sunday, 5 April 2015

The Year in Pictures

A few years ago I was involved with 12 Cakes - a project which put up a cake recipe every month for a year. It was a nice, simple idea and got me thinking about doing something similar using photos. So, after a year of messing about and not finishing the site, I've create The Year in Pictures. Along with five friends and family, I am selecting one photo each month which says something about that month and putting them together on a website.

There is no real goal for this. By the end of the year I'll have 12 months of photos for 6 people which could be used for a variety of things but for a change I'm not worrying so much about the end game and just enjoying watching it grow. Three months in, there is now enough to look at that it's worth being seen beyond the six contributors so I'm going to start mentioning it on Twitter when a new month is uploaded.

If you're interested in the technical details, the website is static HTML generated by Jekyll and styled using Foundation. The photo pages are created using a Jekyll generator (combining a photo and some metadata from a YAML file to produce a full page) and most of the rest is done with macros. The code is on Github if you would like to see how it all works - it was creating using my Jekyll bootstrap project.