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Rich with History

Mount Vernon needed to showcase the breadth of experiences, events, and learning available at the estate and online. They wanted to be sure the world knew that Mount Vernon was much more than simply Washington's home. It's a museum, and experience, and archive and a celebration of contemporary leadership and pioneering thinking.

From Elvis to George

Some of the unique and priceless items at Mount Vernon aren't done justice with a 2D presentation. To give users a chance to experience the stunning detail of the Houdon Bust (a famous sculpture created from a live sitting by Washington by the famed artist Houdon), we opted to present a 3D experience. Now users who are unable to visit Mount Vernon in person can still get up close and examine the fine details within the sculpture. But first - we needed to test out our technique. Enter Elvis head lamp base.

Prototype

In Action - Houdon Bust Rotation on Scroll

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Interview with Rob Shenk

“Ultimately you're hiring a firm that has the indescribable.”

Building a Consistent Brand Identity

Fastspot worked with Mount Vernon to refine the branding in a way that compliments the new website redesign direction, and presents a more contemporary persona for the organization.

Content Management for Everyone

A big part of the effort for Mount Vernon was to integrate a new CMS system that would empower many more voices within the organization to play a role in the website content creation and publication process. BigTree CMS was identified as the ideal solution, and has opened the doors of content management to the entire Mount Vernon team. An integrated content strategy and a CMS that keeps things simple for the editors allows writers to focus on their stories, and the communications team to focus on the overarching strategic goals.

From the Process

Project Scope

  • CMS Implementation
  • Front-end Development
  • Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Content Strategy
  • Branding
  • Discovery

Project Details

  • NCR Counterpoint
  • BB The Raiser's Edge
  • MailChimp
  • Galaxy Ticketing
  • ArcGIS Mapping
  • BigTree CMS
  • Responsive Design

Recognition

2015

W3 Awards - Cultural Institutions, Gold