I designed several touch-screen kiosks for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s exhibit, Invisible: Slavery Today.
Nine of the kiosk were 19″ monitors with videos guests could use to learn more about that particular section of the exhibit.
There was also a 42″ wide-screen kiosk for exploring facts and solutions about modern slavery.
The final set of kiosks installed in the last section of the exhibit allowed guests to type a response to the question “What can you do to stop modern slavery?”
This application used a modified version of The WordPress comment system so Freedom Center employees could review and approve entries before being displayed on two large screens installed in portrait mode on the wall leaving the exhibit.
After touring the exhibit, the Dalai Lama said the installation was “impressive and very inspirational”.
Project Partners: Electronic Art & Touch Worldwide
I was lucky enough to work on 2 major overhauls of the Freedom Center’s website. The first, in 2007, was focused on replacing an expensive and painfully slow content management system with a custom built tool, a savings of over $50k a year.
We also tackled the site’s unruly structure (over 700 pages with little structure) while improving the ability for users to find information about visiting the center.
The second major overhaul in 2010 was a complete update of the site’s design. We focused on putting the most visited sections (Visit the Center & Genealogy) up front, adding a list of upcoming events to the homepage, and promoting new exhibits with a large rotating banner front and center.
I continued to work closely with the Freedom Center’s marketing department to add new content, build microsites for rotating exhibits, make minor tweaks and updates to the site up until late 2012. At that point the Freedom Center and Museum Center merged and the Museum Center’s existing technology team took over daily upkeep of the site.
All and all this was one of the most rewarding projects I’ve had the privilege to work on.
“What an improvement! Tremendous, very easy to navigate, lots of interesting content.”
-John Pepper, Freedom Center Board of Directors and Former CEO, P&G
“The more I get acclimated to the new design, the better I like it. It feels clean and airy, like it is breathing.”
-Paul Bernish, CCO, Freedom Center
Project Partner: Electronic Art