The Science + Media Museum Website

As Head of Design at Numiko I had the pleasure of working with the great team at Science Museum to create a new site for what used to known as the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The updated Science + Media Museum presense modernised what was there and built foundations for more upgrades in the future.

This was a proper team effort - being turned around, from initial design, to an all singing all dancing responsive Drupal 8 content managed system, in around 3 months. We then went on to expand the system and design to cater for the London Science Museum, York Railway Musuem and Manchester Sciene and Insustry Museum. 

Initial design & refinement

As mentioned above we had a really tight deadline, around 2 weeks, to get from a functional specification document to visual design that the client could sign off on and the development team could get working on. We then refined these initial designs through 8 agile development sprints. 



Review: Museums Journal, June 2017

"This site for a multimedia museum is fit for purpose, says Jonathan Knott

The Bradford institution formerly known as the National Media Museum has launched a new website to reflect its rebranding as the National Science and Media Museum. The homepage states that the museum is “exploring the transformative impact of image and sound technologies on our lives”. While this doesn’t roll off the tongue, it’s a useful summary of its purpose.  Appropriately, one of the site’s most notable features is its use of moving images. At the time of writing, the homepage was dominated by a video promoting Wonderlab, a new interactive science gallery. Clips on the food and drink page include a group of young lads bantering over fizzy drinks and a barista finishing off a latte with a fern decoration.
The design also makes heavy use of stark capital lettering. When this is combined with large images and videos – as it often is – it is effective in creating a modern and dynamic feel. But in some places, the cumulative effect can be a bit harsh. In general, information is presented thoughtfully, with the key facts clearly stated and detail tucked further away. The less essential homepage menu items are hidden in a drop-down option, reducing clutter. A useful addition on the “Visit us” page is an explanation of what can be found on each floor. The transfer of 400,000 objects from the museum’s photography collection to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum generated controversy last year. 

But the website makes clear that there is still a strong emphasis on visual media, including a temporary exhibition on photography in Britain in partnership with BBC Four. The venue is clearly keen to promote itself as a forward-looking and fun location to visit. This site suggests the claim is worth investigating"

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