Over the past few years, I’ve been working on an exhibition about American designer Willi Smith. It was scheduled to open on 13 March 2020, the day that all museums in New York had to shut down, so it was open for just one day. Smith died in 1987 from AIDS-related complications. Alongside the exhibition, we published a book that brings together essays, interviews, and recollections from people who knew him. Working with Cargo, we created a digital community archive, an online archive that includes videos – some of which are already on display – and the contents of the book, republished digitally free of charge to be available to the public and design students. We went further: we put out an open call for information on Willi Smith; because his life wasn’t documented by institutions, no formal archive exists. We wanted to share his story with the people who worked with him, cared about him or were fans of his clothes. By opening up the curatorial and research process, we collated episodes, photos, clothing and ephemera, and posted them on the site.