Category: Internet

What we did for AIC (the genesis of our Concierge CIO service)

The American Institute of Conservation (AIC) is the largest professional association for people dedicated to the conservation of artistic and cultural works. They hired me (Matt Morgan) to be their Digital Strategy Advocate; we didn’t know it at the time, but that was the birth of Concrete Computing’s Concierge CIO service. As a Concierge CIO, […]

A few words about the Metropolitan Museum of Art Website Relaunch

I was the primary lead on The Met’s website relaunch 2009-2012. We called it a “relaunch” rather than a redesign or rebuild because it really was about the whole site–strategy, design, technology, workflows, marketing, fundraising, everything. In 1999, The Met launched a website that made a lot of news and broke some new ground. There […]

Don’t talk about page length in web design reviews

If you think a page is too long, there are only a few things you can do: 1. Remove content items 2. Write more concisely 3. Squish things together more (use smaller fonts, diminish line spacing, remove white space, etc.) You shouldn’t squish things together more, unless the design is actually bad. You should always […]

Fundraising Day New York 2017 Resources

I’m giving a talk Friday, June 23rd, for Fundraising Day New York. If the slides go up somewhere, or there’s AV of it, I’ll post it here too. Here are a bunch of resources I referenced in the talk. Some places you can buy ads: Google Facebook Instagram Twitter Snapchat Some low-activation energy ways to […]

Search-dominance and NYPL’s home page redesign

An earlier version of this post appears on the New York Public Library’s blog. I’m highlighting it here as a success in applying generalized web UX research to the specific needs and content of an institution. Among my first tasks upon taking leadership of the Website Department at New York Public Library in late 2012 […]

List of Public Domain (Free) Books for Kids, by Grade Level

[Greetings, visitors. I want to let everyone know that I do tech consulting for nonprofits and small businesses. Any organization with less than about 50 staff that needs a rebuilt website, more effective CRM, or tech guidance or management (“virtual CIO” work) could probably use my help. I encourage you to check out my home […]

DuckDuckGo–the Search Engine You Should Be Using

  The original version of this post is available at ARLIS/NA Multimedia and Technology Reviews. I am very grateful to Emilee Mathews, whose editorial work contributed immeasurably to the readability of this article. DuckDuckGo is a Web search site that competes with Google, Bing, and other major players. DuckDuckGo’s premise, and its major competitive advantage, […]

News about the “Simian Selfie” is missing the point.

There’s a lot of talk this week (nice haranguing article in El Reg) about the unfortunate photographer, David Slater, who got a black macaque to take a great picture of itself a few years ago, and how Wikipedia editors can’t agree that the photo should be copyrighted to Slater, since it was actually taken by […]