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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.28

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.28 The most appropriate up to date technology font for a dry cleaners.  I’m sure their name didn’t have the same connotations when they opened either.  Finchley N3.     ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Process of Design Squiggle by Damien Newman, Central Office of Design

11 Tips for Writing a Killer Proposal

Between Christmas and New Year, colleagues and I had the pleasure of combing through 33 responses to a request for proposal we posted through the OJEU (that’s a European procurement framework, if you’ve not yet had the pleasure…) I’m not being sarcastic: over the course of that week, we saw some incredible proposals and some […]

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Technical collaboration guidelines

When you work with external creative partners and developers, how do you get all the new stuff to work with the existing tech? Collaboration has to be key and so, we’re trying out a set of fluid guidelines that we hope will make it easier to balance the needs of commissioners and suppliers. They’re available […]

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Constable Digital Kids activity to do at home

As the Constable: The Making of a Master exhibition enters its final month at the Victoria & Albert Museum and with young animators and digital painters anticipating new tablets for Christmas presents; this refresh of the basic instructions for PhotoViva and PuppetPals apps from the two Constable themed families activities this term, should provide a well-timed reminder […]

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Device testing at Fool Proof Open Device Lab

Designing a new Wi-Fi splash screen

Earlier in the year Andrew Lewis wrote a post going through some of the research he had done looking into the user experience of connecting to public Wi-Fi. He pulled out many examples from other museums and beyond to see what worked well and what needed to be improved upon. This was not just an […]

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Growing Donations (photo: Jonathan Rowley)

Money No Object at the Digital Design Weekend

Early on the morning of 19th September, while it was still dark, I awoke to booms of thunder shaking the windows, and torrential rain clattering on the roof. This did not bode well for the weekend ahead, when my design interactions project, Money No Object, was due to be showcased outdoors, in the garden of […]

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Remember, this was all new to you once upon a time.

The days are shortening, the leaves are crisping and suddenly lanyard suppliers are in high demand. Yes, conference season is upon us once again. Recent visits to Lets Get Real 3 and Museum Ideas 2014 have got me thinking. Their themes, Is Your Content Fit for Purpose? and Museums in the Era of Participatory Culture […]

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Startup Weekend Art London

How can technology improve the museum experience?

This weekend, I’ll be judging the final presentations at Startup Weekend Art London. Over 54 hours, teams of technologists, artists, entrepreneurs, designers, mobile developers and product experts will come together to build real solutions to the art world’s most pressing problems, using technology and business models from other industries to innovate and disrupt the arts world […]

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What can we learn from watching groups of visitors using digital museum exhibits?

There is a lot written about digital technologies and how they might help visitors engage within museums. However, this is often very focussed solely on technical aspects and frequently seems to assume that people will use this tech as intended. But of course, people bring their own ideas, habits and preferences to the tech, and it cannot be assumed that […]

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Dr Kate Aspinall delivering a paper entitled 'the Pasmore Report? Reflections on the Coldstream Report and its Legacy' at Art School Educated conference in Tate Britain, 11-12 September.

Art School Educated: Reflections on a Conference

On 11-12 September I attended the Art School Educated conference at Tate Britain which represented the culmination of a five year AHRC funded research project investigating the impact of the art education on artistic production from the 1960s to the present day and its relationship to the wider themes of education, culture and society. The […]

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