Our next wave of website updates for April 2018 are here. Many of them focus on building up structure for some future projects that are now having their groundwork built. For this post, Ribbon-Blue will outline these updates and discuss upcoming and in progress projects. Discussion about the Infinity Memorial project, Forum development, April artist focus and the 1st Aircraft Skin contest.
April 2018 Website Updates
The updates primarily focus on website function and organization. Besides the most obvious changes on the front page, the other updates are:
1st Aircraft Skin Contest
Thank you for all of the entries that were sent to Lighthouse for our first Aircraft Skin contest. The contest ended on March 31st and deliberation by the judges to choose the top submission are currently underway. The results of the contest will be made in its own separate blog post.
Thoughts on April Artist Focus
As mentioned in the March 2018 update we are turning out attention towards artists which create aviation related content; both Ace Combat and non-series related. Illustrations, photography, sketches and video content that are not created by Lighthouse but can be promoted to continue helping those creators reach a wider audience. Ultimately this is something very important to Lighthouse and is a key part of why this website was founded.
Since November of 2017 we had a few sections on the front page dedicated to rotating information about artists, but with our dedicated social media team being able to host these artists faster than we could on the website, a need to rethink our website approach arose. Ideas concerning how to present artists in a more long lasting way have been circulating since February. Some of these ideas include creating artist galleries on Lighthouse which mix other ideas like small interviews.
April is the time for Lighthouse creators and staff to distill and pursue those ideas. As always, any ideas on this subject are welcome. Feel free to email us or shout out to us through any place on our Contact page.
A web forum has been under development since February 2018 for Project: Lighthouse. In the past this would have been the sole way members and guests of Lighthouse could have communicated, shared info and managed the website. However, with multiple Discord servers and social media, the need for the forum being developed to shoulder a majority of social interactions is now lessened. In comparison to services like Discord, forums move at a much slower pace but this is ideal for certain things. They can be utilized to easily contain and separate information without needed to scroll through days worth of messages to find it once again or rely on pinning information in chat channels. It's safe to say that the forum is 90% complete.
Infinity Memorial Project
This project focuses on memorializing media related to Ace Combat Infinity and presenting them in a unique way. The goal is to combine screenshots, fan art, game related information and videos into a section of our website dedicated to the game. This month staff of Project: Lighthouse will begin contacting individuals from around the world for permission to host their works as a part of this memorial project. More information on this will come in a blog most later this month.
Thank you for continuing to visit our website and get involved within our community. On a final note, I'd like to mention that we have not forgotten about the Ikaros in the Sky fan translation. In fact, there are new developments concerning it brought on by a third party that has offered to collaborate with us.
I look forward to informing you all about that when the time comes.