A second excerpt from a keynote address I gave at MuseumNext 2014 called 'Becoming Authentically Digital.' Here I examine the idea of skeuomorphism and how it (unfortunately) applies to a lot of museum thinking.
The first excerpt from a keynote address I gave at MuseumNext 2014 called 'Becoming Authentically Digital.' In this post we dig into the very idea of 'digital' and try to figure out exactly what it means.
In a great lunch time conversation today, several of us got into talking about the use of maps in museum mobile apps. Aaron Straup Cope was talking about the usage statistics for Art Lens; a big chunk of the usage (apparently–I’m remembering and severely paraphrasing here) occurs outside the museum. He said that, that being the case, a blueprint of the museum’s floorplan is a relatively poor method of finding information/objects/etc.
Douglas Hegley just said something really interesting in this morning’s lightning talks. He said that history and authority are intertwined, and if we lose the sense of history, we actually lose a big part of our authority. There’s a whole lot to unpack in that statement, but I think I might (surprise!) agree. I’ve always had issues with the concept of authority in museums, which is a term we use almost like currency (does this thing we’re contemplating doing cause us to have more authority, or less?