Every organization should be concerned about making its online content accessible. We helped the Carnegie Museum of Art update their website to a truly accessible, mobile-first experience.
Lightning Fast Collections Search
CMOA’s collection contains more than 88,500 works of art, from architecture to weaponry.
To even start an update to the online search tool meant writing custom code to interpret legacy data and create a new database.
That became the foundation for an ultra-fast and flexible search engine that serves up results in 100 milliseconds or less.
“I couldn’t be happier with our successful partnership and plan to continue building cool things with Carney for years to come.”
As Manager of Web and Digital at the Carnegie Museum of Art, I’ve collaborated with Carney on essential web development projects since 2016. Carney designed and developed the museum’s main website which includes numerous customizations to connect the museum’s many events, programs, and exhibitions and bringing them front-and-center for our visitors.
Also, Carney developed Storyboard, the museum’s award-winning art journal, that offers a forum for critical thinking and provokes conversations about art, ideas, and the intersections between. The journal features layout options for optimal art direction for our expansive photo essays and long-form articles all packaged in a modern design tailored for extended reading.
And not to be missed, the museum’s online collection, a critical project, showcases 88,952 works from the museum collection. The lightning-fast application was built to last, using modern static-site technology to significantly improve security and reduce the technical overhead of our application.
Carney has also worked with us on many adventurous grant-funded projects that explore connections between our artworks and their metadata. Together we’ve explored the possibilities of connecting objects through Linked Data, Machine Learning, and Facial Recognition, all to explore ways to improve visitor access and serendipitous discovery of objects in the museum’s collection.
I couldn’t be happier with our successful partnership and plan to continue building cool things with Carney for years to come.
CMOA has a strong commitment to making its brick-and-mortar facilities accessible to visitors with auditory, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities.
That same commitment needed to apply to the website, not as an afterthought, but as a guiding principle. Accessibility standards informed everything, from information architecture to color selection to coding.
When picking accent colors to complement the established CMOA black, white, and red, we turned to their collection for inspiration. Van Gogh’s “Wheat Fields after the Rain” provided a starting point. To meet accessibility standards, we measured the contrast of black and white text against these accent colors and refined accordingly.
The Takeaway Arts, culture, and education. At your fingertips.
Supporting programs for an audience ranging from toddlers to senior citizens. Meeting detailed cataloging and rights-management standards. Cultural and educational institutions have a wide range of needs and requirements to navigate. We can help your institution maintain a digital presence in a mobile-first world.