Skills: FileMaker Pro Advanced
I’ve known Carolyn for a few years, through my connections to various art organizations in Dallas. Her business has been growing since I met her, to the point she now runs a modest gallery space at Midtown Galleries. As is known to any small to mid-sized business owner, reaching for that next level centers around efficiency, and streamlining processes.
Carolyn has assistants and interns to help organize and maintain her space, so that she can focus on other aspects of her business. The biggest challenges are process-oriented, though, and require more than just an additional pair of hands. I’d visited Carolyn recently to assist her with a Mac-related issue, and showed her the projects I completed for Aurora and Art Con. Soon after, she contacted me and asked if I could build something to help her manage her gallery.
We identified several areas of her business that could be improved with a custom FileMaker database solution. Tables and layouts were created for clients, invoices, expenses, and products, with a feature-rich dashboard to aggregate the most important aspects. The highlight of this solution is the Products layout, showcasing Carolyn’s work. Related pieces (by series and color palette) appear dynamically in the sidebar, helping Carolyn quickly assemble a group of art pieces suitable for a buyer’s space.
This is my most recently completed project, benefitting from features refined and borrowed from other artist-centered solutions I’ve built. It’s a product that contains everything Carolyn’s business needs and nothing it doesn’t. She’s excited about it to the point I’ve been asked to return to Midtown Galleries next month, to give a product demo to other gallery owners in the space. When your clients are out there advocating for you, you’re doing things right.