Introducing A New Series For Inspiration

Among the numerous resources available online, some of the more useful offerings focus on providing inspiration; a great example is Chris Spooner’s Line 25 Sites of the Week, which focuses on frontend web design. It’s difficult to imagine functioning without these sorts of resources and although I need a new project like I need a hole in the head, that isn’t an excuse to shirk responsibility and if there’s something of value to offer, then it is time to step up.

Adaptistration People 007Starting today, I’m launching a new series of articles hosted at the Venture Platform sales site dedicated to providing insight and inspiration for those involved with arts org and artist web design and programming. Simply put, Venture users, across a variety of budget sizes, do some genuinely amazing things with their site and this series is designed to highlight those efforts while simultaneously providing some inspiration to not only other Venture users but all arts organizations.

After all, when the field as a whole does better, we all benefit.

The inaugural post focuses on customized event filtering functionality designed for Venture user Town Hall Seattle. We’ll talk about when it makes sense to use this sort of functionality along with crucial considerations (both UX and programming) to keep in mind when walking down that road. Future articles will be released (more or less depending on workload) on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays.

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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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