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The Michael O'Connor Poster Collection

The Michael O'Connor Poster Collection is a gathering of over 2,800 international posters. The collection was donated to the Limerick City Gallery of Art by the collector Michael O'Connor. This project was created in collaboration with Davina O’Shea.︎︎︎

ROLE: Research, UX/UI design. 

TIMELINE: September - December 2020.

PROBLEM STATEMENT: The MOC Collection does not have an appropriate way in which it can be engaged with, both on a long/short term basis. Similarly, museum goers and art enthusiasts are unhappy with the current ways to engage with art works, along with the general experience of museums.

GOAL: To encourage a renewed sense of engagement with art and the museum experience.

  1. Re-engage: Museum-goers can gain a more exciting experience than the typical way which we usually interact with galleries and artwork.
  2. Preserve: The gallery can afford to preserve the collection, and hopefully continue to create exciting experiences for its visitors.



 

PROCESS


RESEARCH : We asked 166 people whether they preferred virtual or physical galleries/exhibitions. 93% said they preferred physical exhibitions.

WHO WE ASKED:
  • Students/ Young people - Instagram.
  • Educators - Email.

WHAT WE ASKED:
  • Opinion on Exhibitions.
  • If they had accessibility issues.
  • What would improve their experience.

USER RESEARCH INSIGHTS :
  • Physical exhibitions were preferred.
  • Headsets or audio files describing the work would be beneficial to them as they would get more information.
  • Not having enough information being displayed about the artwork at galleries.
  • Outdated interactions at galleries.
  • Not enough engagement with the artworks themselves.

VISUAL RESEARCH INSIGHTS:
Personalised experiences soothe the innate search for individuality.

DELIVERABLES :
  • Scanning Feature.
  • Personalised On-Boarding.
  • Buy Prints.
  • Like/Comment - Poster of the Week.
  • Games/AR/Other interactive experiences.

I decided to challenge myself to create the application with a colourful, flexible, and groovy identity and interface reflects the work within the collection. The colour scheme of primary colours represents the array of colours and styles within the collection. When treated with the glass effect, each colour mixes to create another, depicting the mix available within the collection.