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May 29

Ed van der Elsken

The Scrollytelling team had the job of taking an amazing Dutch photographer’s life and transforming it into a beautiful, image-centric website. Commissioned by the Amsterdam Museum of Modern Art, it was important to convey his importance and amazing contributions to photography in the 20th century. 

The Scrollytelling team decided that for this project, the JAMstack was the way to go. They checked out a variety of free options but various missing features meant ugly workarounds or inferior technology. They determined Netlify was the best option to deliver this visually touching website. See below for an interview with the team’s CTO below. 

Tools & Frameworks:

  • Webpack
  • Babel
  • React
  • Redux
  • Bitbucket

Netlify Features used:

  • Rollbacks
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Outbound Webhooks & Integrations
  • Git Integration
  • Domain Aliases
  • Password Protection
  • Prerendering
  • Client-side Routing Support
  • CLI
  • HTTPS
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Ed van der Elsken

The Scrollytelling team had the job of taking an amazing Dutch photographer’s life and transforming it into a beautiful, image-centric website. Commissioned by the Amsterdam Museum of Modern Art, it was important to convey his importance and amazing contributions to photography in the 20th century. 

The Scrollytelling team decided that for this project, the JAMstack was the way to go. They checked out a variety of free options but various missing features meant ugly workarounds or inferior technology. They determined Netlify was the best option to deliver this visually touching website. See below for an interview with the team’s CTO below. 

A few words with Joost from Scrollytelling...

Could you tell us a little about your project?
Netlify
This project is part of edvanderelsken.amsterdam which explores the famous Dutch photographer’s life. Ed van der Elsken is a Dutch photographer and artist. He pioneered Street Photography in the fifties and is recognised as the most important Dutch photographer of the 20th century. The Amsterdam Museum of Modern Art (Stedelijk Museum) commissioned us to create three webdocs, each highlighting a different area of his life and work. We collaborated very closely with the curators and Ed’s estate. The timeline had to be innovative and be very striking, visually. I think we’ve succeeded.
Joost Baaij CTO
Why did you choose Netlify?
Netlify
Continuous delivery, a good CDN, HTTPS. (Per the CDN…) It should be part of every single website, really. The main function of a CDN is to bring website content physically close to visitors. It means photos and especially videos don’t need to travel undersea cables as much and the content loads very quick; whether you’re in Europe like us, Asia, or the US. I notice it every time I visit, there is never any lag or ‘loading image”.
Joost Baaij CTO
What is your favorite thing about Netlify?
Netlify
It frees me from worrying about ops. First and foremost; provisioning. It takes time to create space on a server. And doing it by hand means there is a high chance for mistakes to creep in. I’ve used tools like Puppet and Ansible before and they’re great, but you’re still reinventing the wheel and it still takes time, time I could spend on creating instead. Deploying a new site on Netlify takes just seconds! A good second reason is knowing that the infrastructure is monitored 24/7. It means I can take weekends off because site availability is taken care of. I do still monitor every site we create; but that’s more so I can be proactive in communicating with clients.
Joost Baaij CTO

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