King Tut Membership microsite for the
Art Gallery of Ontario

The AGO had a lot riding on King Tut in 2010. The museum reopened to great fanfare the year before, but the recession hit hard and revenue targets were proving hard to hit. A 1979 Tut exhibition had sparked “Tutmania” throughout Canada and brought more than 750,000 visitors to the AGO; the museum hoped the sequel would prove a comparable blockbuster. Read more

ModX Snippet for a simple jQuery Flickr fade-in/out slideshow

Hello! I posted previously about a simple jQuery slideshow I created for accessing sets on Flickr. To use it at work, where we’re running ModX CMS, I turned it into an easily-reusable “snippet.” You can see it in action here. Here’s what you do: Call jQuery in the head of your template. Read more

New website for OPSEU Local 535

As an employee of the Art Gallery of Ontario, I am a member of OPSEU Local 535. I got involved this year as part of the communication committee, designing the Local’s newsletter and, recently, website. Check it out! Read more

In-Gallery Kiosk for Artist Midi Onodera

The Archive and Everyday Life Conference, held May 6–8, 2010 at McMaster University, examined how fields of archive intersect with everyday life. The conference program includes panel discussions, screenings, and visual art. Midi Onodera’s year-long 2009 video project A Movie A Week was on view in the accompanying group exhibition held at Hamilton Artists Inc. Read more

Simple jQuery Fade-in/Fade-out slideshow

Hi there. I’m learning jQuery and finding it super easy and fun to work with! Here’s a simple fade-in/out slideshow I wrote for a friend’s website. I knew there were already plug-ins out there for achieving this sort of thing, but I decided to write my own in order to become more familiar with some of the basic concepts. Read more

Half Empty #3 now online

Half Empty is a www posse my friends and I created — first in 1998 as a website, then in 2003 as a newsprint magazine. The project was active for about nine years, and generated tons of content. To ensure it stays available I’ve been migrating that archive into a WordPress implementation. Read more

Museum Information Architecture: Where Are Weddings?

Weddings and other private events are a major source of revenue for museums; I’ve heard it said they “keep the lights on.” But where on a museum’s website will you find information on this service? We grappled with this question in 2008 at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of an information architecture review. Read more

Website Redesign (2010) for Photographer Donald Weber

The 2010 redesign for Donald Weber’s WordPress-based website features a side-scrolling slideshow for the narrative presentation of images as well as pages for the promotion of the photographer’s books and grant-writing workshops. Donald Weber’s website is hosted by MediaTemple. Read more

Museum Website Top-Level Navigation Items

How many navigation items do museum websites have? How are they split? What are the most common terms? I looked at 35 museum websites and this is what I learned: 60% of sites split their persistent navigation into two groups (usually with different font sizes or visual treatment). Read more

Simple jQuery Show/Hide Tabs

Updated June 20, 2010: There’s an improved version of this code posted here. Use it instead! I am learning jQuery and really loving it! Here’s a simple bit of code I wrote to achieve an interface element. It’s basically tabs — there’s a list of links and when you click one the corresponding content is shown. Read more

Creating the Grange Prize Online Vote

The vote page of the 2010 Grange Prize The Grange Prize is an annual contemporary photography prize. The winner is chosen through a people’s-choice vote conducted in-gallery and online. When the AGO took over the site this year, our goal was to create an easy to use and reasonably secure voting mechanism. Read more

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