Fastspot Launches Interactive Art-viewing Experience for the Walters Art Museum

10.17.2011

Fastspot is pleased to announce the launch of a new interactive experience created for the Walters Art Museum's online collection.

Fastspot was contacted by the Walters to explore the possibilities and challenges of bringing its online collection, which includes more than 11,000 objects, beyond the constraints of The Museum System (TMS), a database software used by museums for cataloging purposes.

Fastspot created an elegant and useful new interface for exploring the artwork that integrates seamlessly with TMS. It presents the works of art in a simple and intuitive way and enables users to search thousands of works of art, share them with their social media networks, and save them to collections. Using the object display tool technology Fastspot created for the Walters' “Treasures of Heaven” exhibit, users can explore the art by zooming in and rotating objects, thereby viewing the back of objects, etc. The site respects the images and beautifully displays a wide variety of image aspect ratios.

The site, art.thewalters.org, is powered by Fastspot's content management strategy, BigTree, which enables the Walters team to easily make updates to content while retaining the site's functionality and design.

“Fastspot joined us on this project during an important moment: The museum had recently begun a rebranding campaign. One of the wonderful things about working with Fastspot is that they quickly developed a clear sense of our brand, even while we were still developing it,” says Dylan Kinnett, manager of Web and social media at the Walters. “They were able to learn from our visual examples and to find a design that fits us perfectly.”

The Walters Art Museum, located in Baltimore City, houses the collection of two 19th-century collectors: William Walters and his son, Henry. The 22,000 objects they gathered together, which form the foundation of the museum's permanent collection, span pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe and include Greek sculpture, Old Master paintings, Far Eastern ceramics, and art deco jewelry.