Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Seb Chan interview: Designing participatory experiences


Here is the last part of my interview with Seb Chan, Head of Digital, New, and Emerging Technologies at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. Here, Seb talks about walking through the visitor journey to make sure your experience as a whole works from the visitor's perspective, and then gives some surprising tips about where to include participatory activities. Want more Seb? He talks about building your museum's brand around your collection, and what makes museums unique (and therefore relevant).

Monday, April 25, 2011

Interactive elements at the Bishop Museum, Honolulu

In January I had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous Bishop Museum, where I gave a visitor experience workshop for the Hawai'i Museums Association.
I had a few minutes to walk through the re-installed Hawai'ian Hall, which is a stunning three-story space with the original woodwork. It's a challenging space for exhibits, as there is not much flexibility in how things can be configured. Due to low light, I wasn't able to take many photos. But here are two highlights.
This multi-panel mural by a local Native Hawai'ian artist depicts the origin myths about the Hawai'ian islands.
They included some nice low-tech interactives for kids on the second level, including this one bringing scent into the storyline.

I look forward to returning to Honolulu and the Bishop in September for the Western Museums Association's annual conference, in conjunction with the Hawai'i Museums, Association, the Pacific Islands Museum Association, and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums. Hope to see you there! Register by the end of April for only $225!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday's Signpost

Great way to acknowledge visitor's feelings while explaining your choices.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Seb Chan interview: What makes a museum a museum?


My Seb Chan interview continues. Seb is the Head of Digital, New, and Emerging Technologies at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. He discusses the trend towards museums becoming more relevant by being more engaged with their communities, but why they can't be like libraries. We need to embrace what makes us uniquely "museum." The collection is the defining difference. He talks about how museums need to build their brands around their collection here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Seb Chan interview: Build your museum's brand around your collection


I had the opportunity to sit down with Seb Chan, Head of Digital, New, and Emerging Technologies at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. Here's what he had to say about making museums relevant by focusing the museum's brand identity on your unique collection. What do you think? More from this interview next week.