A web-based virtual tour creator
The Frick Pittsburgh
AWAACC (August Wilson African American Cultural Center)
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art
16 weeks, Aug- Dec 2020
In the Fall semester of 2020, I got the opportunity to work on a student team to deliver a semester-long project for a real client. The team is called Museum.Live, which is a team of 5 Graduate students consisting of a product manager, 2 designers, and 2 programmers. I was a programmer in the team and mainly responsible for the front-end development.
During the semester, we built a storytelling tool to enable museum staff to design and execute virtual museum experiences for their guests. These live virtual experiences will be conducted through a digital platform, such as Zoom, and enhanced by our web-based tool.
The goal of the product:
Be simple and easy for museum staff to navigate.
Support diverse, accessible experiences.
Enable conversation between tour host and guest.
In January 2021, a functional website is delivered to each of our 5 partners.
Brainstorming, Understanding Client's Needs
During the semester, as part of the team, I kept close connections with our client and met with them at least once a week to report weekly progress and gain feedback on our work. By working closely with the client, we analyzed their needs, set up design goals and usability goals. Based on our understanding, I brainstormed with the team to come up with solutions to solve our clients' problems.
Meeting with Clients
Working with Designers
UI Implementation with React.js
One of the strongest desires of our clients is a delightful and present-ready interface for them to show to guests during the virtual tours. As the front end developer in the team, I worked closely with the designers to design and implement different pages every week. I chose React.js as the development tool to build the customized UI components that fit the needs of both internal communication within the staff and external presentation to the guests.
Present a tour
Edit a tour
After we deliver the website to our client, they will possibly hire some developers to continue on maintenance. Therefore, I worked with the backend developer to prepare technical documentation to help them understand how this website works and also troubleshoot any future issues.
PROJECT IMPACT & TESTIMONIALS
At the end of the semester, our product is well received by our client. They have conducted several sample tours with 50+ guests using the website.
From Jan 2021, the current version of the website will be launched and the museums will start training staff on using the tool and conducting virtual tour experiences to public.