Monday, August 19, 2013

Considering the “content” in Web Design

              This blog post is about the continued research of the methods being used concerning a museum’s collection. The methods of interest pertain to a museum’s Internet presence. My research is from a video presented from the 2012 MuseumNextconference.
            My initial research of museum archiving and managing methods was presented in the January 17, 2012 blog post, Defining a Collection. In the January 2012 blog post, I referenced archeological curatorship to begin to understand the institutional terms that define a collection. These methods were considered when I began the Coupon Collection. This research was intended to develop theory and practice with my “collection” project. 
            Since my collection has a web-based concept for viewing, I have been closely researching media studies and public access to the Internet, rather than museum studies. The 2012 video documenting a segment of the MuseumNext conference brings attention to both these investigations. The keynote speakers are from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.
The Walker Art Center’s Director of New Media discusses the website redesign and the relationship with an “online” audience. In describing the redesign of the website, the director divides the visitors into two categories. These categories are the physical audience (museum visitors) and the Internet audience. An events calendar section on the website was developed for the physical audiences, along with the prominent display of the museum’s hours and location. The website’s homepage is designed to be a content provider for the “online” audience. This is achieved by the Walker Art Center establishing the website as an “idea hub” for contemporary culture[1].
            The website content ranges from exhibitions, visual and text essays, and video document lectures. The other keynote speaker is the Walker’s Senior New Media Developer who talks through a four minute video site tour of the redesigned website. The video presents the two-year process of the redesign, which touches on the museum staff’s insight and random selected volunteer’s experiences from interacting with the home page layout. The presentation is a good example of a site connecting with other sources of information (beyond the museum) via the Internet.
            With this investigation, I’ve begun to consider a “redesign” for the collection project website home page. This fall season will be the project’s second year with the collecting process. The accumulation from two years demonstrates the importance of research behind the project, along with the relationships with other people involved in sharing knowledge and their objects.
I am interested in presenting the content from the current progression of the “collection” project within the design of the home page.

[1] [Accessed: July 28, 2013].

1 comment:

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