Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Diane Arbus - Revelations - chat to curator online

A young man in curlers at home on West 20th Street, N.Y.C. 1966<br />Copyright © 1971 The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC
London's Victoria and Albert Museum's latest major exhibition is 'Diane Arbus - Revelations'.

It is clear that some thought and effort has gone into the microsite. A very strong image dominates the homepage, immediately grabbing the attention of the site visitor and clearly identifying the content of the exhibition. Layout has been structured clearly with simple navigation on the left of the image and title, sponsor and dates on the right of the image.

Importantly, a telephone contact number is given strong prominence in a large font. The design also allows users with a screen resolution as low as 800 x 600 to view all the content at the same time. Exhibition overview, artist information, events programme, visitor information are all available and easy to find.

Brilliantly, there will be two online chat sessions giving users the opportunity to talk to curators from the exhibition. The first is on Friday 21 October from 2pm, the second on Thursday 8 December from 5pm.

Annoyances? The lime green font is hopelessly inappropriate for web use, rendering links and headings very difficult to read. Some of the text is unnecessarily presented in graphic format, such as the exhibition dates. The silly page transition effect just looks amateurish.

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