Caitlin McQuade Intro

October 12, 2010 Posted by: Caitlin McQuade

We're now in the third week of our blog, and we think we might be the first national park to use this new blogging function. We're definitely feeling like guinea pigs. There's still no way to upload photos, and, as Sue said to us, "A blog without pictures is a blah." (It's funnier if you say it out loud...)

I love the internet. Some might call it an addiction, but I think I'm just lucky to live at this moment in time. And there are similarities between the internet and the subject of my career for the last 20 years. I'm a museum exhibit planner.

What's the connection between an exhibit and a website? Both are types of communication where the audience controls the order and pace of their experiences. Visitors to both exhibits and websites choose their routes through the "display," and they decide how much time to spend on any single part of it. This is different from novel readers or movie-goers, who follow the fixed sequence of events presented to them. Website and exhibit designers use graphics and imagery to attract and keep people's attention. Endless paragraphs of text aren't the most successful way to communicate through an exhibit or on the internet.

[Imagine a lovely or amusing picture here, please.]

Maybe I'm sensitive to similarities between internet and exhibits because my department at the park is responsible for both the website and the museum displays. We've got one huge museum under the Arch, plus some interactive exhibits for folks waiting to take a tram to the top. There are eight galleries on the first floor of the Old Courthouse, along with two restored courtrooms upstairs. And we just debuted a new online exhibit gallery,  Come visit us, either IRL (in real life) or online!


 

We're now in the third week of our blog, and we think we might be the first national park to use this new blogging function. We're definitely feeling like guinea pigs. There's still no way to upload photos, and, as Sue said to us, "A blog without pictures is a blah." (It's funnier if you say it out loud...)

I love the internet. Some might call it an addiction, but I think I'm just lucky to live at this moment in time. And there are similarities between the internet and the subject of my career for the last 20 years. I'm a museum exhibit planner.

What's the connection between an exhibit and a website? Both are types of communication where the audience controls the order and pace of their experiences. Visitors to both exhibits and websites choose their routes through the "display," and they decide how much time to spend on any single part of it. This is different from novel readers or movie-goers, who follow the fixed sequence of events presented to them. Website and exhibit designers use graphics and imagery to attract and keep people's attention. Endless paragraphs of text aren't the most successful way to communicate through an exhibit or on the internet.

[Imagine a lovely or amusing picture here, please.]

Maybe I'm sensitive to similarities between internet and exhibits because my department at the park is responsible for both the website and the museum displays. We've got one huge museum under the Arch, plus some interactive exhibits for folks waiting to take a tram to the top. There are eight galleries on the first floor of the Old Courthouse, along with two restored courtrooms upstairs. And we just debuted a new online exhibit gallery,  Come visit us, either IRL (in real life) or online!


 


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