Interactive media consulting for artists and museums.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Web development, 2012—present

Currently ongoing. The site is designed under the direction of the MCA and was initially implemented by Robb Irrgang. I’ve been working to migrate it to WordPress. I’m using off-the-shelf plugins where possible, creating custom plugins where required, and refactoring or rewriting front end code as I go. I’m creating an illustrated manual for CMS users and separate documentation aimed at future developers.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Visit the website

Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles

Web design and development, 2012

I was brought into this project by the exhibit developers, THINK Jacobson & Roth. I created a web-based media component for the exhibition Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles that allows visitors to create a living document of the Chinese community in the San Gabriel Valley. The project uses WordPress and the Google Maps API, and is displayed in the Museum on iPads. I’ve posted an account of the project’s agile design process, about which THINK’s Carla Roth commented,

“With a tight budget and a hands-on client, working with iterative prototypes was the way to go. Rather than lingering in pre-production, this allowed us to quickly make team decisions and try things out in a very real way.”

Origins Online
Visit the website

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Web design and development, 2011—present

Like many of my museum colleagues, I’m a big fan of Nina Simon’s blog, Museum 2.0. When the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, of which she is the director, needed a new website, I jumped at the opportunity. Simon praised my work, saying,

Marty is everything I could have wanted from a designer — he overdelivered on my vague directives and pushed me to think more rigorously about what we were trying to do.

Visit the website

Convenience Gallery

Web design and development, 2011—present

Convenience is a window gallery in Toronto. It’s a simple, modern space so, working with owners Scott Sorli and Flavio Trevisan, I created a website to match.

Visit the website

AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize

Web development, 2009—10

The AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize is one of Canada’s largest purses for contemporary photography. Previous to 2013 it was known as The Grange Prize.

While the short list is chosen by a panel of curators, the winner is decided by online public ballot. Designer Andrea Kreuger and I collaborated to create the website, including the online gallery and vote mechanism. I’ve posted an account of the technical solution, which was segmentation of a double-opt-in email list.

The Grange Prize Website

Art Gallery of Ontario

Web design and development, 2008—10

In 2008, designer Andrea Kreuger and I joined the AGO staff as the in-house web team. Active in strategy, process, workflow and project management, we drove improvement and change. We undertook a comprehensive redesign and redevelopment effort, interacting with all aspects of the institution to entirely re-think existing functionality, create new features and help to establish the Gallery’s social media presence.

Art Gallery of Ontario Website

Toronto International Film Festival

Web design and development, 2007

I was only with TIFF for one year, but what a year! It was a tremendously creative environment and there wasn’t an aspect of the endeavor the web team didn’t touch. In addition to group collaboration on the big annual festival, each designer/developer had pet projects. Mine included a redesign of the org’s corporate site, pictured here.

TIFFG Homepage

TIFFG Individual Giving

Documentary Photographers

Web design and development, 2006—present

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working with many amazing artists, including a number of talented and fearless globe-trotting photojournalists. A couple are pictured here, and you can find more posted under Photographers.

Donald Weber website
Donald Weber

Carolyn Drake website
Carolyn Drake

Pleasure Dome Film & Video

Web design and development, 2006—present

Pleasure Dome is a storied film and video exhibition collective in Toronto. Going to their screenings as a student was a foundational experience, and I was honored when they brought me on as their webmaster.

My involvement began in 2006, when we created a new, WordPress-based website capable of housing 20+ years of archives (details here). After a number of years of maintenance, we redesigned in 2013, applying a new presentation to the existing structure (details here). My team also conducted an optimization of the group’s social media presence and email newsletter.


Terminus 1525

Identity and web design, 2003

Terminus 1525 was a project of the Canada Council for the Arts aimed at teenage and young adult artists. It consisted of a nationwide festival of events and a Web 2.0-style website. I was brought into this project by zinc Roe Design to design the logo, the first version of the site and various icons and graphics.

Terminus 1525 Identity
Terminus 1525 logo

Terminus 1525 Icons Terminus 1525 Icons
Terminus 1525 icons

Wednesday Cooper

Personal project, 2001—05

Wednesday Cooper was my teen-angst, Flash-based web comic. In 2003 and 2004 I took it (or it took me, really) to SXSW Interactive. It’s still online.

Wednesday Cooper
Wednesday Cooper #4

Wednesday Cooper
Wednesday Cooper #3

Paul Petro Contemporary Art

Web design and development, 2000—06

Paul Petro is a contemporary art dealer in Toronto. For a number of years I designed and maintained the site for his gallery.

Paul Petro website

Half Empty

Personal and collaborative project, 1998—2005

In 1997 a group of friends and I started talking about going in on a domain. When we launched in ’98 our format was a weekly ‘zine (there were no “blogs” then) and a collection of personal creative projects. In 2003 I put together a physical magazine, which was a 44-page newspaper that came bagged with a gaggle of artist stickers. We did two more, along with various online features, before finally petering out around 2006. We may get things rolling again one day, and I hope we do. In the meantime, most of the material is still archived online.

Half Empty

Half Empty

Half Empty