Digital Media at the V&A

We’re a team of techies, developers, writers, strategists and media makers, responsible for all things digital in the V&A. You’ll find our work on websites, apps, in galleries and on your smartphones and tablets.

Learn about the exciting projects we are developing and keep up to date with our latest news and ideas. We also share our insights and opinions on the most recent developments in the ever-changing world of digital media.

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How my nephew taught me to be a better product manager

In my experience, a product manager is everything but a specialist. You’re not the technical brain, the business expert or the user experience mastermind per se, but you’re in charge of making sense of them all to find the best solution.   Admitting what you don’t know and asking why at opportune moments can be incredibly helpful […]

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We Wear Culture – a new virtual fashion experience

18th-century Mantua

Clothes are shorthand for being human Claire Wilcox, 2001 From the fusion of fashion with surrealist art to Vivienne Westwood’s anarchic designs – we’ve collaborated with Google Arts and Culture to unlock the world of fashion with a new virtual experience and a host of online exhibitions detailing the incredible stories behind the V&A’s collections, […]

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Visualising library catalogues

The recent generous release by the Library of Congress of 25 million MARC records for open use prompted us to re-purpose an existing tool we have written for visualising and querying our collections data. As we start to think about the re-development of our Search the Collections, we have been considering (and learning from much helpful […]

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The new What’s On

The new What's On

Today we launched What’s On, a key product in the V&A’s digital portfolio and the latest to get a UX and brand experience overhaul following the launch of our website last April, the online shop in November, and print on demand in December. The design and user experience We knew that the user experience of […]

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Search the Collections – Nightly Updates and More

Swan

As regular users may have noticed, there have been some small – but significant changes to the V&A’s Search the Collections (StC) website in the last few months. This post gives a brief overview of the changes of most relevance to users of StC, which is otherwise serenely gliding along, as it has since 2009.  […]

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IIIF Workshop & Showcase Report

Last week I attended the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) workshop and showcase organised to great effect by the University of Edinburgh & the National Library of Scotland. As discussed in previous posts, IIIF is a new approach that allows museums and galleries to display and unify their collection images online. Workshop The workshop (run as an Unconference) provided […]

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Tools of Rebellion

Navigational tools of rebellion

‘Tools of Rebellion’ was a working title for a collection of eight articles we produced to support the exhibition, You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 70. These articles are united around a common theme of contemporary, creative activists who use their own tools of rebellion to highlight positive causes. To link each of these articles […]

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Persistent Identifiers for the Humanities (workshop report)

Velasquez: design for a mosaic in the Museum (the 'Kensington Valhalla'), ca. 1871, Edwin Long, 27-1873

Practical people, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any interest in persistent identifiers, will soon find themselves the victim of broken website links. Keynes (much modified) Background Although seemingly a rather abstract topic, the issue of how we assign identifiers that remain persistent for objects, both physical (e.g. object identifiers as used in museums for […]

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Choosing the right yardstick: What research tools to use when in the digital development process

I felt something of an imposter speaking at the recent (and nattily titled) Scottish Network on Digital Cultural Resources Evaluation Symposium – #EDCR2016 – which brought together academics and researchers working in the field of cultural and heritage content: I’m not an academic, nor a researcher. Nor Scottish. But research is part of the daily workings […]

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V&A Collection – Trends Report 2016

Hill Top by night, Beatrix Potter, 1913, BP.294

UPDATED Post (17 Jan 2017): A slightly revised version of the top 20 searches from 2016. The initial list from before Christmas counted page views for a search, so a visitor paging through 100 pages of results for “Shoes” would be counted as 100 searches. For a different view of the data, this list is […]

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