Sprucing Up The Homestead

After remaining relatively static for two year, it was high time to update my consulting website. First order of business was to freshen up the site’s color palette and to that end I ran across an absolutely fantastic website that makes it easy to put together a tight color-coordinated theme…

Colourlovers.com takes out all of the guesswork and uncertainty for those who aren’t using a professional graphic designer to create color palettes. In fact, I found the site due to a tip from a graphic designer friend who said she uses the site for ideas and submits palettes for others to use.

Finding a palette that works for is easy due to a well designed interface and internal search engine. For example, if you have one color you know you want to use you can search for palettes that use that color or even browse through defined palette categories based on keywords, hex values, popularity, and more.

Not only did I use a palette from Colourlovers.com for my consulting website update but I used it to find color palette for Sticks and Drones, right down to the hyperlink mouseover color (you’ll be able to see some other color palettes in upcoming Adaptistration blogs). Both color palettes are extracted from the predominant colors found in two famous paintings by European masters (can you guess which paintings based on the palettes?).

In addition to the new color scheme, my refurbished consulting website features improved navigation, more information, and a media page. I plan on including some additional features such as a free orchestra website design guide and greatly expanded board and management content. So take a moment to crawl around and have fun.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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