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about us


The Interaction Consortium is a software studio specialising in beautiful digital design and technically fearless system architecture and integrations.

We build and maintain outstanding websites and digital platforms, using technology that grows and evolves as you do.

Let's work together.

Dr. Tim Mansfield
CEO

Tim has been the CEO at the IC since August 2016. In his previous roles as a strategist, culture consultant and futures researcher, Tim specialised in the cultural sector. He has previously held senior research roles at Queensland University of Technology in the Smart Services CRC, at NICTA and spent ten years working in collaboration and social media research at the Enterprise Distributed Systems CRC.


Dr. Alastair Weakley
Head of Services

With 11 years professional experience in product development Alastair returned to University to study for a Masters' degree in Information Technology. Since then, as well as completing a PhD in Computing Science ("Internet-based Support for Creative Collaboration", 2007) at Creativity & Cognition Studios, University of Technology, Sydney, he has been involved in numerous collaborations with artists resulting in exhibited interactive artworks.

Alastair has published in the areas of HCI, Information Systems, Information Visualisation and Presence. A founding director of the Interaction Consortium, Alastair is now Head of Finance and Services. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.


Tai Lee
Technical Lead

Developing end-to-end solutions for the web since 1999, Tai has 15 years of commercial experience in web agencies servicing a variety of client industries, and utilizing a range of skills including systems architecture, application design, and database administration. He is a jack of all trades (and master of a few), open source contributor and problem solver, who is at his best when knee deep in code and learning something new.


James Murty
Senior Engineer

James has more than 16 years experience building Internet systems, from enterprise applications with high-volume transactional processing, to complex customized web sites, to research projects for the CSIRO, to supporting utilities and documentation for emerging cloud technologies. He enjoys getting things done and delivering high-quality code, especially while solving challenging problems with talented colleagues for inspirational institutions.


Mark Finger
Developer

Mark hails from the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, and since becoming a city dweller, has been both a bicycle messenger and an English teacher. After studying computer science at the universities of Sydney and Western Sydney, Mark has worked for organisations which include the Federal Court of Australia and The Global Mail. In his own words, Mark likes “learning about things requiring vendor prefixes and transcompilers”. Unsurprisingly, he is normally left to his own devices in IC headquarters.


Aram Dulyan
Developer

Aram Dulyan is a computer scientist and programmer with a passion for Python, Django, and the free software movement. He was the Interaction Consortium's first employee and now holds the position of senior software engineer, making sure that the websites we build run smoothly and efficiently under the hood. He enjoys fixing bugs, contributing to open-source projects, and long walks in the bush.


François Constant
Developer

An engineer passionate about developing applications from site mockups to user training who loves designing and building up creative and elegant solutions. Has graduated in Computer Science and Project Management and worked jointly with customers, project managers, designers and developers alike in Australia and Europe.


Joaquín Puñales
Developer

Software Engineer & Certified Application Developer for Cloud Platforms with experience in various technology areas including Software development, Requirements Engineering, Technical Advisory and Researching. Joaquín has worked in numerous national and international companies across many industries. He can usually be found snorkeling somewhere beautiful.


Jean Abijay
Executive Assistant

Jean has over 7 years of administrative experience with project management and coordination. She ensures the smooth operation of the agency with knowledge of office management, efficient handling of enquiries, and finance-related matters. Jean enjoys content research, traveling and is a full-time mum/dad/amusement director/monster slayer to her daughter.


Fabian McDonald
Design Lead

Fabian is a multi-disciplinary graphic designer who has worked in various fields such as print, branding, editorial design and web design. He's someone who likes to get his hands dirty at all stages of the design process, from early research and conceptualization right through to the final execution. One day he hopes to be able to play the clarinet solo glissando from George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue like a pro… though he admits this may never happen.



our services


Strategy & Planning

  • User research
  • Content audits & strategy
  • Information Architecture

Interaction Design

  • UX design & prototyping
  • UI design patterns & style guides
  • User testing

Website Development

  • Database design & data visualisation
  • Backend Django development
  • Frontend development
  • Systems integration & API design

Website Maintenance

  • Code quality optimisation
  • Major infrastructure upgrades
  • Security updates, bug fixes, error monitoring
  • Performance monitoring

Hosting

  • Content distribution networks
  • 24h monitoring & backups

featured works


Screenshots of the Australian Museum website: Dinosaurs exhibition page on desktop and tablet, animal fact sheet on mobile.

Australian Museum

  • Content migration
  • Backend CMS development
  • Third-party systems integrations
  • Digital brand extension
  • Website design and frontend build

For over 190 years the Australian Museum has been at the forefront of scientific research, collection and education. So no surprises that its website is a treasure trove of information. For their new rebuild, the IC tackled a complex data-migration, several hairy systems integrations, and a digital brand extension and site design. The result: a stunning new digital experience and winner of Best Institution Website at the 2019 MAPDA Awards.


Screenshots of the Art gallery of South Australia website: Homepage on large desktop, online collection search on tablet and mobile, event and general information pages on mobile.

Art Gallery of South Australia

  • Information Architecture and UX Design
  • Backend CMS development
  • Frontend build/integration
  • Website design by Fabio Ongarato Design

One of Australia's major art institutions, the Art Gallery of South Australia recently completed a digital transformation, breathing new life into their brand and website. The project saw a further evolution of our CMS Glamkit, particularly in terms of image editing and integration with EMu, one of the world's leading collection management systems.


Screenshots of the Biennale of Sydney website

Biennale of Sydney

  • Backend CMS development
  • Frontend integration
  • Website design by Civilization

The Biennale of Sydney is one of Australia’s premier cultural events. With a new CEO at the helm, the organization was looking for a powerful new CMS to take them into the 21st century. A creative collaboration between The IC and renowned, Seattle-based, design practice Civilization resulted in a stunning website and a new version of Glamkit, our CMS specifically tailored for the cultural sector.


Screenshots of the Tarnanthi 2017 website: Homepage on desktop view, event and landing pages on mobile and tablet.

Tarnanthi 2017

  • Backend CMS development
  • Frontend integration
  • Website design by Studio Band

The Art Gallery of South Australia, in partnership with the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains, produces Australia's largest festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. With events spread out over a wide range of dates and venues, Glamkit — our CMS for the cultural sector — was the perfect choice for this elegant website.

2017 website now offline - visit current Tarnanthi website


Screenshots of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image website: Cinema page on desktop view, landing page on laptop, homepage on mobile.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

  • Backend CMS development
  • Frontend build
  • Website design by Boccalatte

The Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne wanted a new website to represent their new brand: bold, playful and smart. The whole process from design to launch in four months used a transparent, agile approach between ACMI, us and design partners, Boccalatte.


Screenshots of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art website: Homepage on laptop view, event calendar on tablet, site search on mobile.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

  • Backend CMS development
  • Website design
  • Frontend build

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) launched a new website to coincide with their major renovation in 2016. The site – built on Glamkit, our CMS for the cultural sector – combines an innovative design with deep systems integration of ticketing, membership and the online shop.


Screenshots of the National Art School website: Homepage on desktop view, course page on tablet, navigation on mobile.

National Art School 2016-2019

  • Backend CMS development
  • Frontend build
  • Website design by Boccalatte

The prestigious National Art School has inspired and shaped generations of Australian artists. This new website celebrates its unique place at the Old Darlinghurst Gaol at Taylor Square, attracts new students to this impressive institution, and introduces an intuitive self-service short courses enrolment.

2016 Website no longer online - visit the current National Art School website


Screenshots of the Syrinscape platform: Genre player on desktop and tablet view, Minion App on mobile.

Syrinscape

  • UX/UI Design
  • Software design and development
  • Hosting and Maintenance

Syrinscape is a revolutionary sound design app that adds evocative ambient background sound and a movie-like soundtrack to a tabletop gaming experience. It's the brainchild of Benjamin Loomes, a professional composer and musician.


client list


Over the past 8 years we have built around 75 websites, apps and software projects for more than 50 clients. Here is a selection:

Museums, Galleries, Cultural Sector

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  • Bundanon Trust
  • Curious Works
  • Historic Houses Trust (now Sydney Living Museums)
  • Museums & Galleries of New South Wales
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
  • National Film & Sound Archive of Australia
  • State Library of NSW
  • Sydney Craft Week

Government and Non-profit

  • Arts Council of NSW (now Create NSW)
  • Arts on Tour
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Australian Design Centre
  • National Association for the Visual Arts
  • NSW Health
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Red Room Poetry
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service

Education Sector

  • Moriah Foundation
  • National Art School
  • Scots College
  • University of NSW Press
  • University of Technology Sydney

Commercial Enterprise

  • Calibr8or
  • Choice
  • International Watch Company
  • Ministry of Sound Australia (now TMRW Music)
  • Professionals Australia
  • Smart Approved WaterMark
  • Syrinscape

contact us


We'd love to hear more about you and your project: What's got you fired up about it? What do you really dream of achieving?

Send Tim and Alastair an email to
studio[at]interaction.net.au

Or phone us on 1300 43 78 99
between 10 am and 5 pm (Sydney time),
Monday to Friday.

We can't wait to hear what you're up to!