As I mentioned previously, I’ve been migrating the Half Empty archive into a WordPress implementation. I am happy to announce that all material from the paper magazines Half Empty #1 and Half Empty #2 is now online!
Half Empty #1, published in 2003, includes a roundtable discussion on Art In Retail with views from Jeremy Bailey and Sebastien Agneessens; a fashion story illustrated by Jon Burgerman; interviews with television producer Jen Podemski, typographer Pablo Medina and artists Kinya Hanada and Ilan Katin; plus lots of original art. Read more
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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