The pandemic has changed the way we engage in recreational activities. Museums and like institutions can no longer host guests in person like they used to and many are at risk of shutting their doors for good.
Even before COVID-19, regular museum visits were inaccessible to many (especially in America) due to cost, location, and lack of time. However, museums are one of the most trusted sources of information in the USA and are valued institutions throughout the world.
Our research also revealed that many museumgoers wanted a more dynamic and interactive experience - especially in an increasingly digital world.
So, how might we increase access to museums and develop dynamic experiences that engage museum visitors, no matter who they are?
What it does
Clio is an interactive platform where visitors can choose to have experiences at museums around the world. This platform acts as a hub where visitors can explore exhibitions from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Gyeongju, South Korea.
Visitors can book guided or self-paced virtual tours, participate in scavenger hunts that raise money for museums, and take advantage of the institutions' learning resources.
How we built it
Once we decided on a general direction, we conducted research to find out why people visit museums, what they like, and what they'd like to change. Insights from our user interviews, survey, and research into the museum space informed our features as we developed a concept for our product.
Once we had a clear idea of what features we wanted to focus on, we created sketches and UI elements to guide the rest of our process. We collaborated on the wireframes and prototyping to create a full experience with Clio.
Challenges we ran into
We had a lot of ideas starting out - it was hard to decide on a direction to go. Several team members also had commitments and scheduling conflicts throughout Saturday that we had to work around. Specific pages were also more challenging than others (like the in-progress tour one) to decide on designs for. Finally, we had a lot of content to organize in a clean and user-friendly way.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
How much fun we had making this! We're extremely proud of how much we accomplished and how well we worked together. We proud of how our project's visual design turned out and that it feels cohesive, despite the fact that four individuals worked on it simultaneously. We communicated well throughout the hackathon and our passion for the idea kept us excited and motivated from start to finish.
What we learned
We learned how much we can accomplish together in a short timeframe. Additionally, staying organized was critical - we set roles, created to-do lists, and drafted timelines early on.
What's next for Clio
Some features that we loved but weren't able to add were:
- Educational features
- Special tours by experts
- Badges and accomplishments
- Tools for students (eg: let middle school kids be a tour guide for an activity or class project)