Metropolitan Museum of Art Way Finding Kiosk

An interactive way finding system for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Designed in 2007 while working at The Map Office, in collaboration with Potion Design. My role in the project was to finalize the typography and visual design of the final interface as it was implemented into the touch screen technology. The process involved moving from medium fidelity to high fidelity screens. Then, working with the engineering and development team to tweak and finalize the product. Tasks also included animated screen sequences to communicate how the interface should behave and strengthen signifiers for basic single finger touch screen affordances.

Eliminating the need for paper labels, and allowing for the easy removal and relocation of the gallery’s 3,500 prized pieces, Potion created a custom application for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Greek and Roman Study Gallery. Potion worked closely with the Met’s curators to design the “Object Label Finder”. The application invites visitors to search and explore the gallery’s exhibit. Kiosks feature a map with 3D models of each case and its contents. Touching a case brings up photos of every object as well their orientation. By selecting an individual object, visitors can inspect the pieces on a granular level through high resolution photos. The program provides museum staff with a user-friendly interface to update their digital collection, to visualize the collection and to keep track of relocations and loans. Taking into account the details involved in the original hand-assembled labels, Potion created custom algorithms that reflect the Met’s multiple curatorial formats and their high degree of typographic specificity. Potion’s six kiosks are the first interactive displays to be incorporated into any of the Met’s permanent galleries.

Eddie Opara – Creative Direction, The Map Office
Jared Schiffman – Director of Technology, Potion Design