DETAILS
UI designer, content writer || 01/17 - 05/17
Copy + Paste: Hall of Architecture is an eight month exhibit in The Carnegie Museum of Art's Hall of Architecture; the world's largest collection of plaster casts. This exhibit would explore new ways to present information in the space. Part of this endeavor, PlastAR created a Google Tango AR app prototype for the show.
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MENTIONS IN THE NEWS
articles 
The Incline
Time travel in augmented reality with this new app at Carnegie Museum of Art || Rossilynne Culgan || 10/26/2017
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ARPost
Time Travel in Augmented Reality with the Carnegie Museum of Art 
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ARPost Team || 10/27/2017

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NEXTPittsburgh
Architecture comes alive through Carnegie Museum of Art’s new Plaster ReCast augmented reality app || Amanda Waltz || 10/30/2017
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Carnegie Mellon University News
Augmented Reality App Puts Museum Visitors in Touch with Architectural History || Julianne Mattera || 12/13/2017
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The Architect's Newspaper
Ten architecture shows to see in 2018 || Matthew Marani || 01/29/2018
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DESIGN
starting out
Exploring the hall and interviewing visitors, it was clear the Hall of Architecture's congested and large layout was problematic.
-The presentation of plasters had no organization
-As such, guests didn't know where to start
-The congested layout left little room for relevant information
The result was an exhibit visitors wanted to engage with, but had no idea how to.
UI design
Partnering with another UI/UX designer on the team, I worked on wire frames, paper prototypes, and play-testing. Finding out the hall was built to bring landmarks to the people of Pittsburgh, I focused on designing the app to treat users like tourists with travel-like features, an emphasis on exploration, engaging experiences, and education.
Early wire frame.
While play-testing helped identify ways to clean up features, it was discovered that visitors wanted...

1. Different amounts of information based on the time they had. A five minute visit gets the same quality experience but less content compared to an hour.
2. Features that worked well with any number of users. Rarely were museum visits conducted alone.
To address this, AR features were designed for group use, and the app split into three sections; each with different amounts of content but the same interactivity. To land the app's tourist theme, I authored content to address users as if they were on a tour. Play-testers responded well to digital prototypes as a result
Early demo of app.
The final result is a fun, easy to use app that has been received well by visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The app has already helped many have a more memorable experience at the museum.

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