All About Jack Szwergold

Experienced systems architect, developer and overall computer/tech professional with skills that have been honed in the world of art, design, education, publishing and the humanities.

Great Full-Stack Web Developer

I am a full-stack web developer who knows all sides of the tech equation—front-end, back-end, server-side, etc…—who can develop code from scratch as well as develop within CMS systems such as WordPress, Drupal and the like. HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby and related languages—as well as frameworks—are all fine with me.

Skilled Back-End Tech

I am a real-world proven overall systems tech. DevOps-skilled, macOS/Linux systems experienced, adept at command line and related back-end skills. Shell scripting, Python, Apache, Nginx, Docker, MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, Java, Elasticsearch, Solr, Nutch, Hadoop and the like are the tools I know I how to use.

Experienced Web Server Consultant

I have deep and proven skills dealing the infrastructural “plumbing” of web servers and related systems. Domain names, DNS setup, site hosting and miscellaneous website hosting items are just some of the things I can deal with. DIY services like Squarespace, Wix and related shared hosting services are no problem for me.


The Places I Have Worked and the Work I Have Done.

The New School

Web Developer

(September 2016 – Present)

Web developer for the New York City based university. Develop, debug, assess and maintain all current Linux-based systems as well as actively participate in the development and structuring of new systems. Consult with other departments across the university to support, develop and stabilize their own, independently managed web-based systems. Lead developer for the 2018 rewrite of the univerity’s comprehensive multi-school/college Course Catalog as well as the IT department’s Drupal-based web-based service catalog. Also have developed ETL (extract, transform, load) systems and related middle-ware processes to cleanly — and reliably — process data across disparate university systems and platforms.

Guggenheim Museum

Web Infrastructure Systems Administrator

(November 2011 – November 2014)

Full-time Linux systems administrator for the New York City based, internationally renowned, art museum. Managed and monitored all Linux servers in the Guggenheims’ Linux-based clusters to ensure 24/7 operation and availability. Was the hands-on tech lead in the assessment, forensics and recovery of key pieces of web-based Internet art in the museum’s permanent collection such as Shu Lea Cheang’s landmark digital art project Brandon (1998-99) as well as John Simon’s Unfolding Object (2002) and Mark Napier’s net.flag (2002). Was also a part of the project team for the Guggenheim’s 2013 electronic records management start-up project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


Linux/Unix Systems Administrator

(January 2011 – February 2012)

Contract Linux systems administrator for the web-based, global online arts newsletter/publication. Managed all servers in e-flux’s Linux-based cluster to ensure 24/7 operation and availability. Monitored and debugged e-flux’s high-volume mail server (450,000 to 200,000 mails per day) to ensure overall stability and availability.

Artforum International

Web Developer

(February 2007 – November 2011)

Lead web developer tech for the New York City based art publication. Developed, produced and maintained all front-end and back-end aspects of Artforum’s main website and sister sites: Bookforum and Artforum China. Worked closely with existing tech team to conceive, develop, modernize, and re-platform pre-existing PHP and MySQL based CMS to a more object oriented and flexible system.

Metropolis Magazine

Web Developer

(April 2001 – April 2007)

Web developer for the New York City based architecture and design publication. Developed, produced, managed and maintained all front-end and back-end aspects of the Metropolis Magazine website.

The Onion

Pioneering Web Developer

(September 1995 – January 2001)

Pioneering web systems developer, administrator, content editor, ad manager, etc… for the multi award winning humor publication. Helped guide and shape the publication’s online voice during their seminal transition from small circulation campus weekly to an internationally renowned web presence.


Projects and Distractions


Dynamically generated image mosaics using record album artwork as the basis. Reload the page to view another random image.


Dynamically generated ASCII art images which were created using PHP, the GD graphics library, HTML and CSS. Reload the page to view another random image.


Links I Find Useful

Other than Emojipedia, this stuff is pretty boring and dry… Even to me! But this is stuff I find useful in my day job and general tech life.


All the Ways You Can Reach Me

Actual Mail

Jack Szwergold
P.O. Box 595
New York, NY 10276

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