This collaboration between the RISD Museum of Art and RISD’s Interactive Media Department serves two separate needs: to entice visitors to the exhibition and to display at the exhibition as a way for visitors to learn more about the art and printmaking.

A map interface offers a unique UI that allows for all the artworks to be displayed at the same time it offers information about their origination. There are two modes for viewing the artworks—one enables viewers to enlarge the art and the other allows them to analyze it by layering the etching lines to see how the artist built up the form within each piece.

* Six people worked on the site for five months with much of the time spent obtaining accurate photos of the etchings in a manner that would allow for the creation of the interactive portion of the piece (the layers of lines).

* The site has one video and eight interactive images (each made up of four additional images).

* Because the lines of the etchings needed to be viewable, one of the major issues with the development was getting a file size that was reasonable for the viewer yet maintained the integrity of the etching lines.

* The site was nominated for a 2010 Webby.

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// From our friends at Communication Arts

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