Seb Chan

Down the rabbit hole


In this latest report on your usage of our new online collection, I'm going to look at entry points. One of the main aims of an online collection these days is to move beyond a "view on a database" and deliver some of the affordances of a gallery experience—especially the ability to serendipitously discover new rabbit-holes down which to disappear.
permanent collection, furniture, jewelry, graphic design

What's popular in a museum collection after a user interface change?


In last month's report we looked at what was popular on our collection site before we launched our new alpha version. I can happily report that traffic to our collection is up by almost a factor of three. That's three times as much traffic to our collection than before. Even when we exclude the burst at the announcement!
permanent collection, digital media

Popular objects


Once a month the Digital & Emerging Media team will be reporting back on how objects in the collection circulate online. And here's our first missive.
permanent collection, embroidery, sampler, Kodak, camera, Peter Pan, wallpaper, doorplate, Saul Bass

Object of the Month: Small Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia


Known primarily as a sculptor, Harry Bertoia designed the Small Diamond chair for Knoll between 1950 and 1952. During that time, rather than do conventional design research, Bertoia conceived of a series of side chairs and lounge chairs for mass production, made of wire mesh formed into seating shells. According to Bertoia, “In the chairs, many functional problems have to be satisfied first. . .
Object of the Month, chair, Small Diamond, Harry Bertoia, sculptor, Knoll

4 Questions 4: Kevin Palmer


The latest in our 4 Questions 4 series interview Kevin Palmer, founding partner of London-based Kin Design. Kin Design is perhaps best known for their work for the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, recent work for the National Maritime Museum (London), and their custom covers for Wallpaper* Magazine.
4 Questions 4, Kevin Palmer, Kin Design, interaction, interactive, museum

4 Questions 4: Matt Webb


Here’s the first installment of our new series, 4 Questions 4, which poses four questions to designers who work primarily in the technology and media space. Our first guest is Matt Webb, CEO and Principal of London-based design studio Berg.
4 Questions 4, Matt Webb, BERG, technology, media space