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Website usability testing for the Clyfford Still Museum

This post is based on a report produced for Spellerberg Associates by Amanda Moon and Marian Oman. Their research was conducted at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin as part of a usability course taught by Randolph Bias. Clyfford Still Museum homepage, Sept 2014 The Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, […]


Conference microsite and archive for the Santa Cruz MAH’s Museum Camp

Museum Camp is an annual conference produced by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. The format is similar to a hack-a-thon: Participants have 72 hours to work on a project consistent with a theme. This year’s theme was “Social Impact Assessment” and involved conducting research projects based on different locations around Santa Cruz. […]


Migrating the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Exhibitions Website to WordPress

Working with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, we recently completed a redesign of the Exhibitions area of the Museum’s website. The project was a collaboration between Spellerberg Associates and staff at the MCA. On the front-end, we implemented a mobile-responsive design reflecting a contemporary interpretation of the Museum’s established visual identity. We also addressed […]


Understanding Museum Website Visitor Motivation using Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a powerful tool for understanding traffic to a website. The standard site statistics, however, don’t always tell the full story. For instance, interpreting the duration of an average site visit is highly speculative. It is typically thought that the longer a visitor spends on the site the better, and that shorter interactions are less successful. But this is not necessarily the case…


Goshka Macuga microsites for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Goshka Macuga is the MCA Chicago’s 2013 Artist In Residence. But because the resulting work, likely to be a play, will not exist until the end of the term, the artist’s process is being documented and presented to the public as Preparatory Notes for a Chicago Comedy. Our team became involved as interactive media designers/developers…

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Website for Photographer Lana Šlezić

Lana Šlezić’s work has documented the plight of women and children. Her book Forsaken studied the conditions faced by women in Afghanistan. Her next project, A Walk in the Park portrays street kids in India. She is currently based in Canada. Working closely with the artist, we created a website to represent her practice and […]


Website redesign for Pleasure Dome Film & Video

I recently launched a new website design for storied Toronto film & video collective Pleasure Dome. Driven by the bin-packing layout library Packery, the new design reconfigures content boxes of various sizes to fit the available screen space. This, combined with responsive design techniques, means the site works across a full range of modern devices, […]


WordPress migration for the Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles

The Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles wanted a Content Management System, so that non-technical staff could make changes on their own. And, based on the experience using it for the Origins site, they wanted WordPress. So that’s exactly what we did! Overall, this work was about making life easier for CAM staff. We left the […]