Hurray! Our new Ecobricks.org is launched! This is the long-rolling culmination of a massive collaboration of artists, designers, engineers, teachers, programmers– all ecobrickers– around the world.
Built from the ground up on a fresh server install, the site is the new home of the Global Ecobrick Alliance. The site is super simple at the moment– but don’t be deceived! It is built on a rock solid foundation of open source collaboration and cutting edge software.
Perhaps the biggest advance for our site is that it is now 100% multi-lingual. The programmers at OnTheGoSystems, after reading about our work, have blessed us with their full pro package of their WPML software— the leading WordPress multilingual site software! We’ve built this into our site’s core, meaning that our site can now be smoothly deployed in new languages. Currently, we’re up and running in English and Indonesian. At this moment we have Clara and Alix working on our German and French translations. Let us know if you’d like to help us translate with your language!
Meanwhile, the programmers at WP Google maps , also after hearing about our work, blessed us with pro license for their awesome wordpress plugin. Nick and Dylan have been hard at work helping us optimize our interactive map of ecobrickers around the world. This functionality will help us all visualize the global spread of ecobricking and connect one to the other.
Our new site is now fully mobile-friendly. In fact, this is the top priority for our site as ecobrickers are often rural mothers, farmers or urban folks who only have a basic smartphone to work with. Our site is first and foremost for them.
A big thanks to our Bali team of helpers who helped pull together all the pages and translation in time for our August Ecobrick dissemination in Jakarta. Our new multilingual site will be a key asset as ecobricks continue to spread virally throughout Indonesia and the globe.
Web development Russell Maier, Kusumorini Susanto, Carly Gayle Content Development and translation: Ani Himawati , Clara Fall, Agung Sutama, Irene Angway Ai Igamoto Illustrations by Jo Stodgel El Tiburon Grande, Astrid Gruber . Animations by Elena Molchanova OntheGoSystems: multilingual WMPL site software. WP Google Maps for interactive google map. Photography Josephine Chan , Alexandre Sattler