Notice anything different about the Jewish Museum blog? It’s gotten a major facelift, as part of the comprehensive redesign of TheJewishMuseum.org that recently launched. The new site design represents a huge leap for the Museum toward a deeper, more resonant connection with visitors online and onsite. Flexibility is at the core of the new site’s functionality. It promises to grow and develop as the Jewish Museum expands the exploration of art and Jewish culture beyond the walls of the Warburg mansion.
The new site offers countless opportunities to engage with the Museum’s exhibitions, collection, and programs, from social sharing to personalized accounts that visitors can use to favorite art objects and upcoming events. The site’s responsive design means navigation remains intuitive and site content presents beautifully on any device or screen size. And the JM Shop website, also part of this comprehensive redesign, is now easier than ever to browse.
Through thematic, contextualizing presentations, large images, and powerful search tools, visitors can explore roughly 3,000 works of fine and folk art, Judaica and ancient artifacts, and other media. All images in the public domain are clearly labeled and made available to visitors for high-resolution download. This is just the beginning of our plans to expand the online collection over time to fully represent the depth and breadth of our nearly 30,000-object collection.
Temporary exhibition pages feature related content such as scheduled gallery tours and educational programs, press coverage, links to blog posts, and downloadable mobile apps. Museum events also appear in a sortable calendar, making it simple and easy to plan your visit. In addition, the Museum website provides a platform to present high-quality multimedia, including live streaming, embedded video, archival video access, and original content such as online-only exhibitions.
The site design is by Sagmeister & Walsh, the New York City design firm led by Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh, who also collaborated with the Museum on its new graphic identity, which debuted earlier this year. Sagmeister & Walsh worked with New York City’s Shift Lab on developing the sites, with additional JM Shop website design by four32c and development by UniteU.