An Introduction to Participatory Design Practices for Museums

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This is a short version of the hour-long seminar I often give about participatory design practices for museums and cultural institutions. It was first prepared for the Bits 2 Blogs event on Feb 26, 2010 at the University of Teesside in North East England. Created by Nina Simon of Museum 2.0.

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An Introduction to Participatory Design Practices for Museums

  1. 1. the participatory museum nina simon, museum 2.0 nina@museumtwo.com @ninaksimon on twitter
  2. 2. where i live
  3. 3. what i do balboa park online collaborative boston children’s museum calgary science center chabot space science center chicago history museum denver art museum experience music project girls math and science partnership international spy museum monterey bay aquarium oakland museum of california ontario science centre SFMOMA smithsonian museum of natural history statens museum for kunst tech museum of innovation
  4. 4. what i advocate the participatory museum is a place where visitors can create, share, and connect with each other around content.
  5. 5. in cultural institutions, that can mean... Cantor Art Center upper: SFMOMA Denver Community Museum lower: Science Museum of Minnesota
  6. 6. and it requires some changes traditional institution participatory institution Authority is content provider Authority is platform provider
  7. 7. why would you want to do this? participation does five things best: deliver personal relevance celebrate and network diverse voices deliver dynamic content encourage interpersonal dialogue support collaborative + creative practice
  8. 8. why would you want to do this? to deliver personal relevance London Science Museum
  9. 9. why would you want to do this? to celebrate and network diverse visitors’ voices Minnesota History Center
  10. 10. why would you want to do this? to deliver dynamic content and experiences Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
  11. 11. why would you want to do this? to encourage interpersonal dialogue University of Washington
  12. 12. why would you want to do this? to support collaborative, creative practice Victoria and Albert Museum
  13. 13. why would you want to do this? participation does five things best: deliver personal relevance celebrate and network diverse voices deliver dynamic content encourage interpersonal dialogue support collaborative + creative practice
  14. 14. how can you do it well? 1. be personal / i like museums 2. scaffold the experience / side trip 3. design for thoughtful response / on the road 4. offer multiple engagement points / youtube
  15. 15. how can you do it well? 1. be personal / i like museums 2. scaffold the experience / side trip 3. design for thoughtful response / on the road 4. offer multiple engagement points / youtube
  16. 16. ilikemuseums.com
  17. 17. how can you do it well? 1. be personal / i like museums 2. scaffold the experience / side trip 3. design for thoughtful response / on the road 4. offer multiple engagement points / youtube
  18. 18. 90,000 visitors, 37,000 posters made Denver Art Museum average time poster-making: 25 minutes
  19. 19. how can you do it well? 1. be personal / i like museums 2. scaffold the experience / side trip 3. design for thoughtful response / on the road 4. offer multiple engagement points / youtube
  20. 20. Lowell National Historical Park
  21. 21. how can you do it well? 1. be personal / i like museums 2. scaffold the experience / side trip 3. design for thoughtful response / on the road 4. offer multiple engagement points / youtube
  22. 22. don’t focus solely on creators... the vast majority of social media users are not creators
  23. 23. what makes YouTube different?
  24. 24. participation can be for everyone Auckland Museum Minnesota History Museum
  25. 25. questions? nina simon, museum 2.0 nina@museumtwo.com @ninaksimon on twitter

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