As more museum collections are digitized, these institutions are faced with the happy conundrum of how to make this expanded content relevant and discoverable by visitors. Here are some recent examples of museums that are using technology to let visitors experience collections in new, adventurous ways.
Search by line and shape, in Gallery One, The Cleveland Museum of Art:
Strike a pose, in Gallery One, The Cleveland Museum of Art, breaks down the space between viewer and object in a playful way:
And finally, search by color: recently the Cooper Hewitt announced that its new site will include a “browse by color” option, in addition to the more traditional search criteria. What’s fun about the color option is that when the results are displayed, each image is a close-up so you initially don’t know if you are looking at a chair, a painting, a dress, or a goblet. The item is discovered over time, by zooming out. Give it a try for yourself here, Cooper-Hewitt beta site.
What do you think about these new ways to search, would you use them?