V&A Audio Points
I was commissioned to design and build a template driven system for producing custom touchscreen audio points for use in V&A galleries.
I created a simple system that enables staff at the museum to make new audio points with custom menus, timed sub-title tracks, and custom graphic styling, with a minimum of effort.
The Audio Points are installed on small portrait format touchscreens, but the system can easily be adapted for other formats.
Royal Opera House Collections Online
This website allows members of the public to search, for the first time, the Royal Opera House's Collections Catalogue and the Performance Database.
It also includes special features on highlights of the collections.
I designed and produced the website for the Royal Opera House and my team developed backend tools to facilitate data updates, image processing and to enable in house staff to create new special features.
Visit the web site at www.rohcollections.org.uk
Hidden Treasures interactive for V&A jewellery gallery
The V&A opened the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery on 24 May 2008. The gallery displays 3,500 jewels from the V&A’s jewellery collection, one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world.
A multi-media programme, Hidden Treasures, was commissioned for the new gallery to enable visitors to explore in detail a selection of jewels.
I designed and produced this interactive which is installed in two touchscreen kiosks adjacent to the jewels themselves. The style is immersive and visually-led, focussing attention on the craftsmanship of the objects and on aspects of them that cannot easily be seen even when viewing the actual objects.
Visit the web version at www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/hidden-treasures/flash/
Please note this site is designed specifically for broadband access.
The Royal Collection Online
This web site includes news, events, visitor information and an online collection featuring thousands of wonderful works of art.
The online collection is an extension of the e-Gallery, a public access multimedia kiosk system that I also designed and continue to develop for the Royal Collection. e-Gallery suites are situated in The Queen's Galleries at Buckingham Palace, London and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, and from time to time in the Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle.
In summer 2008 the site was updated with a much more dynamic home page and structural changes to improve the user experience.
My team extended the site's Content Management System to enable in-house staff to update all aspects of the new home page easily and rapidly.
Visit the web site at www.royalcollection.org.uk
The Magical Worlds of Joseph Cornell
Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) was one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century. The DVD-ROM The Magical Worlds of Joseph Cornell offers unprecedented access to Cornell's work, providing three-dimensional views of some of his best boxes. This intimate exploration gives a virtual hands-on experience of these objects as well as a unique insight into the artist's working materials and methods.
I designed and art directed the DVD-ROM and managed the project, working very closely with the Voyager Foundation and a production team at Cognitive Applications.
The DVD-ROM won the Gold Award in the Art category at the 2004 American Association of Museums Muse Awards. The judges said:
"Starting with its beautiful navigation design and art direction, no expense – or care - has been spared in the creation of this exquisite DVD-ROM…The spirit of Cornell’s artwork is honored through the extraordinary fidelity of the imaging, the ability to see all sides of the boxes, and even virtually handle their components. Film clips of the artist blended with various commentaries made for a deep understanding of his work. This was an utterly appropriate use of technology, and the DVD-ROM medium allows for so much material we felt like we could play with this disc for days and days – and wanted to!"
It also received a BAFTA Interactive Award nomination in 2003.
It is included with the book Joseph Cornell: Shadowplay . . . Eterniday, published in September 2003 by Thames and Hudson.
Devices of Wonder
This web site accompanied an exhibition at the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California. The overall site structure was designed in house while I designed and produced the interactive objects in the Flash version of the site. The Devices of Wonder web site attracted an average of 5000 visitors per week throughout the run of the exhibition. The site won a prestigious Webby Award at the sixth annual awards ceremony in San Francisco June 18, 2002.
Visit the web site at www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/devices/choice.html