Here are the link to the walk through of the app –
While doing my research, I found out that museums give visitors freedom in using their apps by letting them download their apps through iTunes or Google Play and install them on their devices before they come to museums.
I decided to give this option to visitors as well and thus designed mobile version of the app.
I decided to add old feel to the design by changing background to old paper texture.
(I downloaded it from here)
This texture added exactly what the design was missing – old and elegant feel.
The reason why
The reason why I decided to use old paper is that the house itself is more than 500 years old and I wanted to create feeling in visitors that they are in museum even thought they use modern technologies there, surrounding is very old.
This app is controlled by swiping with fingers so every time user swipe the screen, page will move like in a book. This way it is combined old with new/modern.
Continuing with the design
I created another pages in the same design. I kept the sign of William Wilberforce but I just made it smaller.
- Welcome page –
This page tells visitors what is the content of the app and how to use it.
- First page –
The app starts with Hall and Staircase as the exhibition starts here. Visitors can view what it looks like in 1888 and 1939.
(The text was taken from ‘Wilberforce house’ history and collections (eleventh edition) written by John Bartlett, M.A., F.M.A., Director in 1968 page 7)
- First page second version –
- Second page –
(The text was taken from ‘Wilberforce house’ history and collections (eleventh edition) written by John Bartlett, M.A., F.M.A., Director in 1968 page 7 – 8)
- Third page –
(The text was taken from ‘Wilberforce house’ history and collections (eleventh edition) written by John Bartlett, M.A., F.M.A., Director in 1968 page 13 – 14)
- Third page second version –
- End page –
End page thanks visitors for their visit and ends it.
As you can see on the picture above, I tried to create something similar to Bronte Parsonage Museum application but I wasn’t happy with it as it looked tacky!
Next design looks like this –
I got rid off picture of the house and made the sign of William Wilberforce bigger.
The sign that is used for design is taken from little brochure little brochure called ‘Wilberforce house’ history and collections (eleventh edition) written by John Bartlett, M.A., F.M.A., Director in 1968. The reason for it is to create authentic feel for the house and full exhibition.
I talked about in previous posts. (for more information click here)
I wasn’t happy with this design either so I played with colours but it didn’t help at all –
Here is the wire frame of the app designed in Adobe Photoshop CS6 –
I randomly found this website while I was looking for ideas how to design the app for this project, it is called www.heritageinteractive.co.uk
Here are all apps that they designed for museums, it is great website for ideas!
However, the design I liked the best and it fits into my project extremely well, is called ‘Bronte Parsonage Museum – Interactive Virtual Tour‘.
This is perfect for my project and it helps me to decide about the design for my app.
I used AdobeColour CC to help me to pick the right colours for my project.
and it gave me an idea of how the screen might look like. It has everything that I want to evoke in visitors but also photos of the house/rooms that I managed to get are in these colors. At the same time, it will be more suitable for old house as everything in there is in darker colors.
Meaning of brown colour – the color of earth, wood, elegance, security, healing, home, grounding, foundations, stability, warmth, and honesty, is a natural, neutral color.
(For more information about meaning of the colour brown, please click here)
This technology is used in the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) where visitors can rent specially coded iPads inside CMA’s Gallery One exhibit and experience amazing walk through museum. Also visitors can bring their own iPads where they will get it fitted with a special chip on the back of the case.
This technique allows visitors to point at something in the museum and they will get automatically information about it.
Here is the YouTube video where you can see how it all works –
This suits perfectly to my project as this is exactly what I want to create for visitors of William Wilberforce Museum in Hull.