#Art Gallery of Ontario

Rolling out Social Media at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Social Media Survey - AGO Talks
I was involved with Social Media at the Art Gallery of Ontario through my position as New Media Developer. Our team’s actions resulted in the creation of a new full-time position to coordinate content for web and social media channels. Image: Data collected as part of the Social Media benchmarking of the AGO’s public programs. Read more

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

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

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

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

AGO / OSC / ROM Web Summit

Every few months the web teams of the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Science Centre and the Art Gallery of Ontario get together for a nerd-fest. The events are a welcome diversion from the daily grind of production, and a vital expression of community and common purpose. Read more

Art Gallery of Ontario Website Redesign

Well, here it is. In the first of four planned releases we’ve introduced a look and feel constructed around the AGO’s new graphic identity. It’s the result of a team effort, and seasons of research. From a development perspective it’s simply a re-skinning of the legacy ColdFusion site; the CMS we’ve been implementing with Devlin will debut in the coming months. Read more

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