Who is the Curator Online?
An online exhibition of ideas that translates into a custom poster
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The word “curator” used to be an easy one to define. It was someone at a museum (or space) that would pick what paintings (or things) go on the wall. This was the case when most of the spaces we navigated through were physical, now, most of the spaces we navigate through are digital ones — leaving the definition of “curator” much more open.
On the internet, we can generally define who the curator into four categories.
This website is supposed to put these different ways of curating head to head — and letting you be the curator of which you think is strongest.
Going around, you’ll find different quotes, ideas, and insights from every level of the digital culture spectrum (one quote is from the museum curator Hans-Ulrich Oberst, another is from marketingland.com). As you click and hover around, the background will change colors to reflect which “category” you are about to explore more.
However, your experience through the website is not only in the browser. As you scroll around, go ahead and print the site to create a customized poster showing what ideas you saw online and in what order you saw them. Taking your curatorial experience from Web to Print.
I wanted to add a printed element to the experience to show how digital experiences can continue into the physical space.
With this website, the audience can experience it online then have a record of how they experienced it.
I want to provide the audience with physical memory of what they explored.
The goal is the website is to provide an organized contrast of ideas. Enabling the audience to come up with their own answer to the question.
Different curators come up at different times of the internet, just like the different colors come up at different times on the site depending on what you are hovering over or clicking on.
It was important to me that the audience themselves could be curators themselves, too.
The audience actually “builds” the grid of the website as they add more quotes. This means that if they only opened one quote, that quote will stretch to 100% of the available width. But the more quotes you add to the space, the more the width of the website gets divided up to accommodate them all.
Design and coding by Winston Struye.
Help from professors Jon Sueda and Catherine Schmidt