© Jasiek Krzysztofiak

 
V&A


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MA Information Design
University of Reading

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Client: Victoria and Albert Museum
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Year: 2011

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Victoria and Albert Museum which was the client for this project provided a document containing V&A’s collections development plan. The aim was to present this conspectus of collection strengths and collecting priority more graphically, in a clear, intelligible and engaging way.

This concept for the online presentation was prepared as an attempt to present all the collections in one view. Since the online version can be interactive, it allows users to get engaged with the presentation, go deeper into the diagram and explore Museum’s collections. Bars inside the round diagram represent collection’s strengths and bars aiming outside stand for collecting priority. Additional information about each collection can be displayed when user moves cursor over the diagram, points or clicks any of the bars. A map located in the centre displays geographic origin whenever a collection is being selected. A key explaining the idea behind the diagram and a colour code has been placed at the bottom of the page. Users can also choose which kind of viewing suits them most. The presentation can automatically arrange the collections by object types, time period, place of origin or by style. It is also possible to organize the content by strength or priority. To make the information more accessible and easier to compare it’s possible to select several collections in the same time to display its content.