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the O device at MONA

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The creative director  talks about the development of the O device  (Nic Whyte’s section starts at 26  minutes in to the Arts Participation video)

idea came first (2007) – visitors to love and hate artworks, remove wall labels, not limited to one voice/style of content

technology eventually became available that suited needs

device – knows locations of visitor and artworks, has additional information and engagement features for visitor

usability trumps everything (robust and simple, empower user)

removing wall labels allowed for gallery space to be lit and used in new ways

engagement feature brings measureability

survey: over 80% visitors said it enhanced their visit, over 70% said they preferred the O to traditional wall labels

the balance between flexibility, usability and features is always a delicate balance

Over 110 thousand visitors have saved their tour

customised experiences at gallery and online


Related link with images of the O Museum experience and new media



Written by margryan

2012/09/28 at 2:10 am

Accessibility wins

Social Media Accessibility: Resources supporting consumers with disabilities

Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has announced a new ACCAN grant project  with Media Access Australia.

Media Access Australia Social Media Accessibility: Resources supporting consumers with disabilities ($41,500)

The project will deliver to consumers with disabilities a collection of online and printed resources which provide insight and guidance into which social media tools can be used for a particular task and how the accessibility issues can be addressed to achieve the task.

Sourced from ACCAN web site – 20 June 2011

Related link

Making the movies accessible for everyone

The experience of going to an Australian movie at the cinema will far more enjoyable for blind and vision-impaired audiences in the future thanks to a move by Screen Australia. From 1 July 2011 all feature films funded by Screen Australia will have to be delivered with audio description as well as captioning.

Since 2007 it has been a requirement that films include captioning for deaf and hard of hearing audiences so the addition of audio description is a significant step forward to include the 600,000 Australians who are blind or experience vision impairment.

Full article –

Related links

Australian Government – Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy –

Media Access Australia web site

Media Access Review

What is audio description?

Written by margryan

2011/06/20 at 3:10 am

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