With over 400 pieces and counting, the Denver Public Art collection has made Denver a destination for art. 2018 marks the program’s 30th anniversary, so we set out to create an interactive web experience to encourage residents and visitors alike to explore the art that colors this city. It was a community-led project from the start. We began by conducting design sprints with both the Denver Arts and Venues team, as well as with the public at Denver Startup Week (read more about the sprints here).
Taking all of these insights, we designed and built a mobile-first website to celebrate the collection. Above all, this site is designed to encourage exploration for everyone—we designed and built to meet WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards, and are proud to help make public art more accessible.
- Strategy informed by design sprints
- Mobile-first web “app”
- Users logins and profiles enable users to curate and share collections and tours
- Gamification through points awarded for interacting with pieces of art
- Interactive map functionality to encourage exploration
- Users can locate the nearest piece of art, navigate to it, and check in to earn points
- Built custom APIs to integrate with the Collective Access art database
- Designed and built for accessibility – WCAG 2.0
On May 31st, we co-hosted a launch party with the Denver Arts and Venues team to not only feature the new website, but to celebrate 30 years of Denver Public Art. A glimpse into the celebration: