|Title:||Completing the picture: how a graphical interface for understanding Modern art is meeting the touch of non-sighted visitors|
|Authors:||Sina Bahram, Peter Samis, Thomas Ryun, Scott Thiessen|
|Publication:||Museums and the Web 2017: Selected Papers and Proceedings from an International Conference|
|Editors:||Nancy Proctor and Rich Cherry|
|Publisher:||Museums and the Web LLC|
Building on the landmark work done by the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (Wyman et al., 2016), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) engaged the services of Sina Bahram from Prime Access Consulting (PAC) as the museum prepared digital interpretive programs for the re-opening of its new and expanded building. Together with interactive design partners Belle & Wissell, Co. we asked a critical question: how can we make the fundamentally visual experiences we were designing for our new Painting & Sculpture Interpretive Gallery equally available and engrossing to a non-sighted audience?
Our goal was twofold:
By adding a bespoke digital talking overlay on top of the visual interface and following best practices laid out by Apple, Microsoft, et al. on their touch platforms, we created an approach that allows for an equitable experience for eyes-free audiences while still allowing us to achieve the full design vision for the experience.
This paper describes the following: