Challenge: How can archived artwork be made available online and how can one collaborate with their peers to analyze the piece?
Client: Frick Collection
Role: UX Designer
User Research (Interviews, User Survey)
Paper (Storyboarding, First Iterations)
Frick Collection is a well-known museum located on the Upper East Side. They required to have an online light box tool that allows art historians and others to examine images on a computer, similar to that of a physical light box. Currently, there is no such working tool, although Pinterest may be the “closest” to this ideal.
Goals for the project
“The ultimate objective of competitor analysis is to know enough about a competitor to be able to think like that competitor so the firm’s competitive strategy can be formulated to take into account the competitors’ likely actions and responses.”
-John A Czepiel & Roger A. Kerin
“Heuristic evaluation involves having a small set of evaluators examine the interface and judge its compliance with recognized usability principles.”
-N Nielsen Group
The curators at Frick Collection wanted a product that would have functionalities like Pinterest and more. Thus, we examined Pinterest’s functions and compared it with our design of Frick Lightbox to analyze which project requirements were lacking & getting covered in both products
Artist; Adjunct Professor at NYU and Pace university; Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute
Being a professor of Art History, Jack often visits MoMA website. He wants to get data for his classes with annotations and metadata.
Art History PHD Student
Nneoma is a grad student who also works as a curator for the MET. She is concerned with finding images in her searches in the quickest and most concise way possible when she curates a new exhibit at the museum.
Director of American & European Art at Putty Inc
Robin is the Director of American & European Art department of Putty Inc. She is not fond modern technology, but she requires an online tool where she can analyze, collaborate and evaluate the annotations of the art curators of her department.
After finding out what each user persona wanted in a Lightbox, we began creating paper prototypes to allow for some initial testing before creating the Lightbox design on Axure. After making the final decisions of what image viewing capabilities would be included in our redesign, we did a round of user testing and employed the card sorting method. Through the exercise, were able to determine how to arrange the new Lightbox tools in a way that was intuitive and easy to use.
With the first version of our interactive wireframes completed, we then included another round of user testing. The general feedback for this round of tests was in regard to the graphic design of the wireframes. Users noted incongruencies in font and font size. There were also comments about some fonts that were so large that they were drawing their dominating attention, therefore making it harder for them to successfully navigate the site.