Website redesign of Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

Web Crit
Conxa Rodà, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) & Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), Barcelona, Spain

The website was originally launched in 2004 when the museum opened its doors after 10-years of renovation works and housing more than 1.000 years of Catalan and European Art. In 2014, the website has been totally revamped to provide a much better and richer user experience, basically through: visual design, enrichment of quality content and functionalities, personalisation, increase of interaction offerings, and making available the online collection of 6.500 art objects.

From the usability and IT matters perspective, main things to note are: the website has been developed under open source CMS (Drupal), with WRD_Web Responsive Design, is AA accessible (following W3C recommendations).The project, conceptualization, content strategy, web architecture, deciding required functionalities and the direction of the whole process have been totally performed in-house. Museums in Spain (in the South of Europe in general) don’t have in-house developers, therefore the design and development have been outsourced through a public contest.

Bibliography:
We underwent a research on recent website revamping examples, our personal experience leading the Museu Picasso of Barcelona website redesign process, plus the personal interaction with Digital depts. some of them generous enough to facilitate us the documents of their public contests.
Museums and the Web 2009: Paper: BURNETTE, A., et al., Redesigning Your Museum's Web site: A Survivors' Guide http://www.archimuse.com/mw2009/papers/burnette/burnette.html#ixzz3LOSgpztu. RODA, Conxa (2008), "Step-by-step of the web redesign process by Museu Picasso de Barcelona" http://www.slideshare.net/innova3/museu-picasso-web-redesign