When we realized we needed to jump ship, we took to heart all the feedback we got from our content creators. We realized that what they really wanted were pleasant, easy to work with tools that allowed them to feel empowered. Tools that gave them a sense of authority, and made them feel good about the work they were doing. Like it was a way for them to communicate with the world all the important things they had going on.

Prototyping with electro-charged glass.

Dusting off the old GigaPan

A great recap from JiaJia Fei in The Exhibitionist about her recent visit to the 2013 Carnegie International. What’s particularly nice is the way she closes her essay, acknowledging the true team effort in making this exhibition as publicly accessible as possible:

In the spirit of Andrew Carnegie’s original mandate, the museum and its staff did everything right in helping contemporary art reach the broadest possible audience: writing approachable texts for the catalogue and gallery didactics, creating a user-friendly exhibition website, and making a substance-rich mobile app that offers an incredible wealth of information about all 35 artists.

On the social web, an active blog presence, videos, and full suite of social media sites feature frequent contributions from the curators, making their role as transparent as possible. The Carnegie International Digital Archive—perhaps too easily overlooked in the gallery as well as online—is literally a virtual treasure trove of installation photos, press clippings, and printed ephemera from past Internationals. Last but not least, a standing ovation is due for photography-related signage in the galleries that makes sense and is easy to understand.