Obsidian Collection Archives
Honoring and preserving a rich legacy by building “the modern Griot of Black stories” is the central goal of the Obsidian Collection Archives. Providing access to a massive repository of African American material of historical, artistic, and cultural significance, the Chicago-based nonprofit offers an incredibly valuable resource to journalists, content creators, media outlets, and archivists who seek to better understand, represent, and share the narratives of Black community – past, present, and future.
Obsidian Collection’s challenge to us: quickly design and develop an online marketplace that would serve as a connection between information and image creators and those who might want to use and share them, and be sure to enable users to search, upload, and license image assets seamlessly and efficiently.
In only 20 weeks, we delivered a screen-reader friendly, keyboard-navigable web platform that not only hit on all aspects of the up-front challenge, but set Obsidian Collection up for more efficient implementation of ongoing improvements over time. Incorporating all aspects of the Collection’s brand standards, the platform’s effectiveness as a research and sharing tool is second to none, and its innovative payment flow structure helps funnel the majority of licensing fees directly to artists and photographers through flexible image licensing agreements.
The platform helps funnel the majority of licensing fees directly to artists and photographers through flexible image licensing agreements.
We’re very pleased with the software and app product created by 8th Light. The collaborative process was essential to communicating our goals and learning what was indeed possible. I’m thrilled we now have a platform that can grow and expand into the future.