• Digital didactics
  • Mobile application
  • Publicly Searchable Archival Database

Services Employed:

  • Content Strategy
  • Digital Platform
  • Storytelling Campaign
  • User Engagement
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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts contacted VBTK needing several design and development assets for the Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts exhibit, a traveling exhibit that re-opened at the museum in October. Working primarily with the education and learning department, we were able to create interactive didactics to be displayed on touch screens at the exhibit and a mobile application that could be displayed at the exhibit on ipads and downloaded later on, if museum visitors wanted to continue exploring the world of Russian history and culture outside of the museum walls.


Digital didactics

Perhaps the most famed room in the Farbergé exhibit held VMFA's five Imperial Eggs. To supplement the dazzling views of the eggs, we built interactive didactics with historical context and additional detail views displayed on large touch screens in the exhibit.
Didactic build: Angular
Hardware: Planar® 46" commercial-grade, multi-touch LCD

Mobile application

To engage an audience both within the walls of the exhibit and outside of the museum, we built a mobile app, Five Pathways of Fabergé & Russian Culture, which provides historical context through different points of view, including the royal Romanov family, Russian fairy tales, Russian arts collector Lillian Pratt Thomas, and the famed jewelry workshop, the House of Fabergé.
Application: Cordova and Angular

Publicly Searchable Archival Database

VMFA has thousands of documents from Lillian Pratt, the Russian Arts collector and benefactor of the Fabergé Exhibit, including receipts, letters, rare books, photographs, invoices, and price tags archived. Unfortunately, the museum never had a great way to show these off to the public. We built an API to connect with their archival software, pulling details and images into a front-facing website where the public can browse the archives for themselves.
Website: Wordpress, API integration with Piction digital asset management system