Doing my #brownbaglunch at the museum today talking about my recent US trip where I was invited to participate in a workshop, Toward a 4D Planetary Carbon Model, facilitated by the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) and the Natural History Museum, Washington – more on that here.
One of the trip highlights was a visit to the Cooper Hewitt trying out their new interpretive tool, The Pen, with Seb (actually, he was using mine while I was trying to keep up with him!). Many others have written about that, so rather than a separate post here are some links (yes, I am being lazy):
- Strategies against architecture: interactive media and transformative technology at Cooper Hewitt – Seb’s 2015 Museums and the Web paper
- Has the @CooperHewitt Pen Turned Museums into Libraries? A Visit to the Renovated Cooper-Hewitt Museum – blog post by Barry Joseph, AMNH
- What museums will look like in the future – Concreate Playground story via #RemixSyd
There are also posts on the Cooper Hewitt Labs blog, plus many others I’ve probably missed!
My take-home lessons:
- The pen is a look-up experience, not a look-down-at-a-screen experience – enhances the physicality of a museum visit
- The pen is comfortable and intuitive to use – and is a lovely piece of design in and of itself
- Object-led interpretive solution, not technology-led solution – the tech fits the context, not the other way around
- Good WiFi is an absolute must for museums
- The roll out strategy has been well thought out – but you do need a staff presence with a good understanding of the tech and ability to demonstrate it
- According to Seb, the pen has encouraged social learning, increased family visitors and longer visits
- Visitor do access their information later for their own purposes, not ones the museum determines
- Wallpaper can be fun!