July 1, 2014

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.

June 20, 2014

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.

May 18, 2014

I keep coming back to this issue of 'relevance' and why it's such a weird thing for museums to be striving for. This is not a great post, but it at least gets some of these ideas on paper.

May 1, 2014

Thinking about the very visible technology of Cleveland Museum of Art's Gallery One in an era where most musetech is about making the tech invisible.

April 30, 2014

Thinking about the concept of 'authority' in museums an how that idea manifests itself in daily practice.

April 10, 2014

A short post on the 2014 Twitter redesign and what museums could learn from it.

April 5, 2014

Thinking about what it means to transition from being a full-time cheerleader to a skeptical veteran.

April 5, 2014

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.

April 4, 2014

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?

April 4, 2014

Simon and Carolyn’s excellent presentation on digital transformation has me thinking about where (and how) digital activities would ideally be integrated into a museum, and I keep thinking about how much easier it would be to do this if I knew what our product was. Like, as an art museum, what is the main thing that we make? It’s not the collections; it’s not probably even the objects. Is it the scholarship?