Interpretive Software System

Digital ID System: SAM’s Porcelain Room and SAAM’s Ceramic Room

Client:

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum

Venue/Location:

SAM (Downtown Seattle), SAAM (Volunteer Park, Seattle)

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Client:

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum

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Highlights

By prioritizing flexibility, Belle & Wissell crafted a single elegant interface for two distinct locations. This digital artifact ID system was designed, engineered, then tailored to both the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the newly expanded Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM). Belle & Wissell also created a touch-less, content delivery mode for use during COVID times.

SAM’s Porcelain Room showcases over one thousand pieces of porcelain in a floor-to-ceiling array. Until recently, visitors explored the collection through a large printed catalogue that identified and explained each item. Given the complex displays inside the vitrines, effective and intuitive interpretation proved challenging.

A similar, visually stunning collection of ceramics accompanied the SAAM’s grand reopening. Museum curators planned to omit labels, inviting the viewers to focus their gaze only on the objects.

While the desired interpretative functionality for SAAM’s Ceramic Room was identical to SAM’s Porcelain Room, the layout of artifacts in cases, case placement and orientation within the space, and general ergonomics were vastly different.

Belle & Wissell created a digital label system to serve both collections—a single piece of software using a streamlined content management scheme. The resulting digital experience easily adapts between the two instances, elegantly integrating to enhance visitors’ appreciation of these important works of art.

Project Accolades:

Wallpaper*,Seattle’s art deco Asian Art Museum gains a modern extension,” 2020

Belle & Wissell Team Credits

Principal: Gabe Kean
Studio Producer: Sarah Trueblood
Design Director: Claudia de Almeida
Technology Lead: Edward Tang
Art Director: Edrea Lita
Designer: Izzi Vasquez
Developer: Scott Thiessen
Developer: Alex Banh

Additional Project Credits

Chief Technology Officer, Seattle Art Museum: Manish Engineer
Associate Director of Audio Visual Services, Seattle Art Museum: Kevin Higinbotham
Assistant Project Manager, IT, Seattle Art Museum: Selena Castricone

Belle & Wissell Team Credits

Principal: Gabe Kean
Studio Producer: Sarah Trueblood
Design Director: Claudia de Almeida
Technology Lead: Edward Tang
Art Director: Edrea Lita
Designer: Izzi Vasquez
Developer: Scott Thiessen
Developer: Alex Banh

Additional Project Credits

Chief Technology Officer, Seattle Art Museum: Manish Engineer
Associate Director of Audio Visual Services, Seattle Art Museum: Kevin Higinbotham
Assistant Project Manager, IT, Seattle Art Museum: Selena Castricone

By prioritizing flexibility, Belle & Wissell crafted a single elegant interface for two distinct locations. This digital artifact ID system was designed, engineered, then tailored to both the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the newly expanded Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM). Belle & Wissell also created a touch-less, content delivery mode for use during COVID times.

SAM’s Porcelain Room showcases over one thousand pieces of porcelain in a floor-to-ceiling array. Until recently, visitors explored the collection through a large printed catalogue that identified and explained each item. Given the complex displays inside the vitrines, effective and intuitive interpretation proved challenging.

A similar, visually stunning collection of ceramics accompanied the SAAM’s grand reopening. Museum curators planned to omit labels, inviting the viewers to focus their gaze only on the objects.

While the desired interpretative functionality for SAAM’s Ceramic Room was identical to SAM’s Porcelain Room, the layout of artifacts in cases, case placement and orientation within the space, and general ergonomics were vastly different.

Belle & Wissell created a digital label system to serve both collections—a single piece of software using a streamlined content management scheme. The resulting digital experience easily adapts between the two instances, elegantly integrating to enhance visitors’ appreciation of these important works of art.

Project Accolades:

Wallpaper*,Seattle’s art deco Asian Art Museum gains a modern extension,” 2020