Evaluation Story: Barnard Digital Collections Website

May 12, 2020 / 0 comments

Barnard Digital Collections offers students and researchers with a vast collection of digital archival material. It gives users free access to nearly 85,000 academic sources, including but not limited to newspapers, scrapbooks, photographs etc. No major design changes have been made to the website since its inception. The goal of this study was to test…

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User testing the Pratt Institute Catalog

May 12, 2020 / 0 comments

We wanted to test the Pratt Institute Catalog website with some actual users Multiple iterations with the client and pilot testing helped fine-tune the process We developed our tasks such that multiple usecases were covered by the test in order to test out the broadest possible variations of the use of the website. The four…

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Evaluation Story: The Canadian Museum of Nature – Website

May 11, 2020 / 0 comments

Introduction The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada’s national history of museum located in Ottawa, Ontario. Its mission is to enkindle the unforgettable connections and experiences with nature though engaging exhibitions, collections management, research programs, and engagement in a 21st-century global context. The museum also offers a fully bilingual dynamic in French and English of…

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Redesigning Pratt Institute’s Homepage and Academics Page

May 11, 2020 / 0 comments

— PROJECT SUMMARY About the organization: Pratt Institute is a higher education university in New York City with a mission to transform academic excellence in architecture, art, design, information studies, and liberal arts and sciences through its defining heritage and visionary future. Team: Olaide, Xin and Pallavi My Role: UI/UX Designer, Interaction Designer, Project Manager…

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Evaluation Story: Friends of Materials for the Arts – Website

May 11, 2020 / 0 comments

Introduction MFTA raises funds to support educational programs, outreach opportunities and infrastructure improvements for Materials for the Arts. This public-private partnership brings both organizations together for the betterment of NYC. The main audience that MFTA hopes to reach are educators, students, and enthusiasts in the arts and environment fields.  We were four moderators – Yolanda…

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Design Story: Hoptale (Travel App)

May 10, 2020 / 0 comments

Introduction Hoptale is an app that connects travelers to discover new destinations and share their experiences by documenting the details of their trip through itinerary and journals filled with photos and words. It is Hoptale’s mission to foster a dynamic yet connect a community of global travelers, one hop at a time! We were a…

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Marvel Universe Social network

May 8, 2020 / 0 comments

Introduction While its publishing company had produced comics since 1939, Marvel Comics was truly established in 1961 with the creation of the Fantastic Four. Marvel followed up with Spiderman, the Avengers and the X-men, superheroes that would become the foundation of the now 7000+ stable of characters.  At the time, Marvel set itself apart with……

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Design Story: NYC311

May 5, 2020 / 0 comments

For our group project in Information Architecture and Interaction Design, Chris Orellana, Yilan Ye, and I chose to focus on a hypothetical redesign of NYC311, a government website which provides NYC residents with city services and information (actual site: https://portal.311.nyc.gov/). During the semester, we went through a thorough design process, from user research to wireframes…

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Protected: NYC.Gov Job Finding Page Redesign

May 5, 2020 / 0 comments

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#AloneTogether — Museums in the Time of Coronavirus

April 22, 2020 / 0 comments

#AloneTogether — Museums in the Time of Coronavirus While much of the nation’s attention has been directed to the healthcare and financial sectors, the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every industry, including the museum field. As institutions that pride themselves on bringing history, art, and science to the public in person, stay-at-home orders implemented across…

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The NYS Museum is Going Live

April 22, 2020 / 0 comments

It is easy to focus on the negatives of a worldwide pandemic; what you are no longer able to do and where you are no longer able to go. While there are devastating ramifications for all of us, there is still a silver lining, a positive side we can all look towards. One of these…

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Beacons in the Dark

April 22, 2020 / 0 comments

How Museums are Keeping their Collections Open while the World is Closed Just a few months ago, none of this seemed possible, or even imaginable. While we were all still enjoying our winter holidays and celebrating the start of a new year, the first wave of patients in China were already being treated for an insidious…

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Art in the time of COVID19

April 22, 2020 / 0 comments

A blog post on the social media challenge “Between Art and Quarantine” during the COVID19 pandemic. As museums shut their doors, lay off their employees, and prepare for substantial losses of revenue during the COVID19 pandemic, art enthusiasts are moving to online platforms to engage with media, museum collections, and each other. Lists have been…

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Evolving Digital Opportunities in Collections Management

April 14, 2020 / 0 comments

An Interview with John Hansen, Collections Manager, Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History The American Museum of Natural History, Ajay Suresh 2019 John Hansen is the Collections Manager for the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The Division of Anthropology is preparing to move from…

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Ways of Seeing Virtually

April 4, 2020 / 0 comments

An essay on the digital trend virtual reality in museums and in the wider cultural sector. Completed for Info 683: Museums and Digital Strategy. At the Night of Philosophy and Ideas, an all night event hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library, a room was dedicated to two virtual reality projects. One was an animated post…

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mapping manhattan’s Busiest Libraries

March 23, 2020 / 0 comments

This map is intended to give the user an idea of which Manhattan libraries are busiest. It visualizes the location of each library as well as the total attendance and reference transactions. The library’s neighborhood population is also visualized to give the user a sense of what percentage of the community each library serves. To……

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“Muse your museum life” — How I Met JiaJia Fei

February 14, 2020 / 0 comments

“My Muse of Museum Life” — How I Met JiaJia Fei https://medium.com/media/543c2d8e25ef1a1b19eff7d8b023ed09/href The following is an interview with JiaJia Fei, Director of Digital at the Jewish Museum, New York City. I met JiaJia on March 14th. But before that, I met her through social media. Every photo she posted was a reflection of her perspective on art, space, and…

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Interview with Douglas Hegley

February 14, 2020 / 0 comments

Chief Digital Officer at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) By Gloriana Amador Agüero Douglas Hegley. Source: HMG Strategy Back in1915, in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) opened its doors to inspire the community through art and creativity. With more than 89,000 objects, visitors have enjoyed art from diverse cultures displayed in…

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Importance of Highlighting Digital Engagement for the Audience in Digital Strategies

February 14, 2020 / 0 comments

Caroline Baer Introduction Cooper Hewitt With digital strategies becoming more and more prominent as part of museum planning, it is important to consider all that can be involved with them. The behind-the-scenes work in the museum is vital to its running. The data collection, digitization, increase of social media, and updated and easy-to-run websites are…

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A Conversation with Rosanna Flouty

February 14, 2020 / 0 comments

Rosanna Flouty (image from NYU faculty page) I had the privilege of speaking with Rosanna Flouty, museum studies professor at NYU and museum professional, at her office in Greenwich Village. Rosanna’s work has brought her to museums like the Guggenheim, the ICA Boston, the Whitney, and the Broad. Oftentimes, she has positioned herself at the forefront…

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