I made us a print stylesheet for object pages on the collections website. (What does that mean? It means you can print out the webpage and it will look nice).
This should be very useful for us in-house, especially curators and education.. and anyone doing exhibition planning.. (which right now is many of us).
It’s not very fancy or anything. Basically I just stripped away all the extraneous information and got right to the essential details, kind of like designing for mobile.
In a moment of caffeinated Friday goofiness, Aaron printed out a bunch of weird objects he found (e.g. iPad described for aliens as “rectangular tablet computer with rounded corners”) and Scotch taped them all over Seb’s computer screen as a nice decorative touch for his return the next morning.
What we realized in looking at all the printouts, though, is that the simplified view of a collection record resembles a gallery wall label. And we’re currently knee-deep in the wall label discussion here at the Museum as we re-design the galleries (what does it need? what doesn’t it need? what can it do? how can it delight? how can it inform?).
I don’t yet have any conclusions to draw from that observation.. other than it’s a good frame to talk about our content and its presentation.
..to be continued!
Neat – quite literally. As someone just trying to teach myself a bit of design for mobile I can definitely see the comparisons.
I’ve always wondered if it was possible to track how many people print pages. I guess you could look at your raw logs now for hits on that print css. Of course people might only have got as far as print preview (especially if they’ve read this piece) but it should give you some sort of indication.
Wonder if you could use event tracking to do this with a JS intercept . . . hmmm.
The media=print stylesheet is often the overlooked piece of truly responsive design. 🙂
Aaron (who blocks all Disqus) says you are “being very boring” with that comment. And we miss you at MW.
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