Design Critique: The Frick Collection-Website

    The Frick Collection website is the digital hub for the museums on-line content. The website houses many features such as the Frick’s digital archives, reference library, and photo archives, including the Frick’s entire collection. Users can also find information about upcoming and current events, programs, exhibitions, as well as, a history of the …

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Design Critique: MTA Bus Time (iPhone App)

Introduction Early last week, urban planning think tank TransitCenter tweeted a data visualization that presented a befuddling statistic: despite NYC’s growing population and record subway ridership, MTA public bus ridership has plummeted nearly 16% since 2002. TransitCenter’s research indicates that this remarkable decrease in ridership is a symptom of the “declining quality of bus service,” …

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Design Critique: Amagansett Free Library (Desktop & Mobile)

Figure 1. Amagansett Free Library homepage. Click to expand.   The desktop site for the Amagansett Free Library, as well at its mobile counterpart, inform users of the services, resources and events available to them as patrons of the library. Issue 1: Lack of a navigation bar across all pages leads to poor discoverability As …

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Design Critique: NYPL’s SimplyE App

             The New York Public Library (along with most libraries) has wrestled with the challenge of providing an intuitive process for lending e-books. To bridge this wide gulf of execution, they recently released SimplyE, a mobile app that aims to drastically minimize the steps needed to fulfill the goal of accessing e-books from the near 300,000 …

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Design Critique: MTA Subway Time App

MTA’s Subway Time smartphone application provides real-time arrival information for a select number of New York City subway lines. The app utilizes existing countdown clocks to display multiple arrivals for both directions of each line. Despite its limited functionality, Subway Time allows frequent riders to plan their commute. The design issues and proposed improvements highlighted …

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Design Critique: The LIFE Gallery of Photography Website

  The LIFE Gallery of Photography is a web site whose purpose is to display, license, and sell the work of LIFE’s staff photographers during its 36 years as a weekly magazine, as well as other images in the Time Inc. Picture Collection. From 1936 to 1972, it covered the major news in politics, culture, …

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Design Critique: Metropolitan Museum of Art Website (Programs for Patrons with Learning Disabilities)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most popular museums in New York City, spanning a large collection of various pieces of art from around the world and from every age of history.  Three years ago, I wrote a memorandum regarding their web page, specifically in reference to people on the autistic spectrum …

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