DongChan Kim

1st visit to Cooper Hewitt

 

Entrance

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I went in Cooper Hewitt through side door, but it took a while to figure out how to get in to museum. After trying several doors, I finally went in shop cafe and then to ticket office. Originally visitors who got in to the side door could go to the main entrance passing through the yard, but now it’s impossible cause connection path is under construction. I think it’s better to let side door visitors know how to get in to museum somehow.

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Also, there were only stairs to go up. Not good for wheel chair.

Information Board

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The Pen & Board

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smart board was good for my height but I assume it’s not good for kids or who has mobility issues.

Smart board

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By push&hold, visitors can save the collections they feel interesting. But due to the angled button, it’s not comfortable for some people. What about making it rotating? to find right angle for each users?

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Pen

Thoughts about the mark on the pen. Obviously it means PLUS. I don’t know why I didn’t realize it shortly after seeing it.

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Visitors can design their own product with it. They can choose what to make, how to make, what materials to use, and color.

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And the pen allows visitors to get more information about arts that they like.

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It recommends visitors to explore other art pieces related to what they were interested. It can be sorted by some topics.

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The thumbnails on the board are not easily recognizable. It’s just crop any part of the original photo and use it as thumbnail.

Design Process Lab

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Design Process Lab

Information Panel

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Low-vision people might not be able to read these because most of the panels are using small fonts

Others

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Some videos offer subtitles. Considering the hearing impairment.

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Some corners are too narrow to turn around the wheel chair.

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I think bird sound in this section is so important to make the experience special, but the hearing-impaired people can’t hear that.. I wish they can get similar experience by projecting birds inside the bird cage or something.

 

 

Competitive Research _ MoMA PS1

Moma PS1 Accessibility

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Road from the main entrance is too narrow for wheel chair (outside of the road is filled with rocks)

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You might assume from the name ‘PS1’, It was originally a public school. Building itself is quiet old and not perfect for people who have mobility issue.
Corridor is wide enough, but door is old and narrow.

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Some of art pieces are drawn on the wall next to the stairs.

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Some of the arts using light and led might causes problem with autism. And some spaces are too dark. Black wall, black information board..

No audio guide. Cause the exhibition changes faster than MoMA. (MoMA has audio guide)

 

 

Competitive Research_American Museum of Natural History

Kids,

I guess most of the visitors are kids and their parents. So it’s important to suit the exhibition to kids-height, durability and so on. And kids are easily loose their concentration on the piece, museum made their exhibition interactive. However many of interactions are quiet old fashioned. Push-lights on(or play video), push again-off.

Also, I saw many of baby carriages, which are looks like similar to wheel chair and many of old people using walking stick too. This museum has enough space for moving around with those tools, and set the bar to hold for every stairs and spiral road.

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The Application for Museum experience – ‘Explorer’

Ameracan  Museum of Natural History offers application for making museum experience comfortable. Actually, I felt this museum is so huge and crowded, I couldn’t find exit or restrooms easily. But this app consists maps for each floor inside, and offers information for exit, restrooms, food and shops as well.

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Visitors easily find the messages here and there for downloading the app.

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Download page on apple appstore

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It offers visitors their list based on what each visitor choose for their favorite sections at the first time when they started the application.

 

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Visitors can save their ‘liked’ exhibition in the app.

However, it’s just for the exhibition scale. Not for each collections.

 

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Information for the nearest restrooms and exit.

 

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Maps for each floor