The organizers of Israeli Visions of Place wanted a website that put artwork forward, providing a rich, interactive experience for museum visitors. They also wanted mobile implementation so that visitors could easily get information on the artworks without having to rely on traditional placards.
When I came to the project, much of the website was already complete. The previous designer had bootstrapped a one-page template with some sketchy CSS. The site was acting weird: architectures overlapped; fonts and colors were inconsistent. My first task was restorative.
I made the site more mobile friendly by redesigning the header with a drop anchor. Then I installed a rolling carousel to display the artworks. I also fixed the colors, the wallpaper, and I cleaned up the code. This was no easy task — the template that had been installed seemed to have been written in plain-text. I suggested IVoP go with a CMS like Drupal or Wordpress, but the organizers were happy with what they had.
The VOP curators very much wanted visitors to use the site while standing in front of the artworks. They planned to put URLs on placards. But I had another idea. Instead of having visitors type long web addresses into their browsers, I created QR codes for each work in the exhibit. Visitors scanned QR codes for more information about the artists.