Interactive Design and Wayfinding

The Frick Orientation Center Interactive Experiences

Client:

The Frick Art & Historical Center

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The Frick Art & Historical Center

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Belle & Wissell worked in close collaboration with the team at The Frick and Schwartz/Silver Architects to craft a series of digital experiences that integrate into the new Orientation Center at their site in Pittsburgh, PA. The Orientation Center is the hub of the site that includes ten buildings and expansive grounds and gardens.

As visitors enter the building, they are greeted with a large, dynamic, three-display experience (Frick Multiplex) that wraps around the central stone wall; it displays ticketing and membership information, a real-time events calendar, and large imagery promoting special exhibitions, programs, events, collections, and retail offerings.

In the center of the building, there is a double-sided Interactive Map that features the distinct offerings available at the site. Visitors can touch a building they’d like to visit, and see the route and estimated walk time from the Orientation Center. Architectural information is also presented for the selected building so users can quickly learn about the building and what is on view inside.

The Collection View Touchtables showcase a unique look at the collection of The Frick. Objects from the collection are presented in unconventional categories that encourage dialogues and comparisons between objects. The experience is both visual and tactile and facilitates visitors being able to playfully manipulate objects and share them with their friends and family. It also serves as a way to see objects that aren’t currently on view.

The final experience is an iPad bar that contains four Story View Interactives. Stories are constructed around events happening internationally, nationally, in Pittsburgh and related to the Frick family story. A series of layout types lets the stories be constructed in a way that can best feature objects from the collection.

Project Accolades:

AIA Certificate of Merit Award “The Frick Orientation Center Experience,” 2015
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 “Welcome to The Frick: New Orientation Center opens,” 2014
Pittsburgh Tribune Review “Frick adds visitor center to campus,” 2014
TRIBLive “New visitor center makes the Frick more welcoming,” 2014
NEXT Pittsburgh “The Frick opening new Orientation Center with interactive screens,” 2014
Pop City “The Frick completes first phase of $15 million renovation project,” 2014
Art Daily “Pittsburgh’s Frick Art & Historical Center announces new Orientation Center opening,” 2014

Belle & Wissell Team Credits

Design Director: Gabe Kean
Art Director: Thomas Ryun
Senior Designer: Edrea Lita
Designer: Eric Harvey
Studio Producer: Sarah Trueblood
Technology Lead: Edward Tang
Programmer: Scott Thiessen
Programmer: Zach Archer
Programmer: Brent Watanabe
Quality Assurance Engineer: Serge Bokach

Additional Project Credits

Architect: Schwartz/Silver
Architect: Loysen + Kreuthmeier
Director: Bill Bodine
Director of Visitor Services: Bill Nichols
Director of Education: Amanda Gillen
Director of Curatorial Affairs: Sarah Hall

Belle & Wissell Team Credits

Design Director: Gabe Kean
Art Director: Thomas Ryun
Senior Designer: Edrea Lita
Designer: Eric Harvey
Studio Producer: Sarah Trueblood
Technology Lead: Edward Tang
Programmer: Scott Thiessen
Programmer: Zach Archer
Programmer: Brent Watanabe
Quality Assurance Engineer: Serge Bokach

Additional Project Credits

Architect: Schwartz/Silver
Architect: Loysen + Kreuthmeier
Director: Bill Bodine
Director of Visitor Services: Bill Nichols
Director of Education: Amanda Gillen
Director of Curatorial Affairs: Sarah Hall

Belle & Wissell worked in close collaboration with the team at The Frick and Schwartz/Silver Architects to craft a series of digital experiences that integrate into the new Orientation Center at their site in Pittsburgh, PA. The Orientation Center is the hub of the site that includes ten buildings and expansive grounds and gardens.

As visitors enter the building, they are greeted with a large, dynamic, three-display experience (Frick Multiplex) that wraps around the central stone wall; it displays ticketing and membership information, a real-time events calendar, and large imagery promoting special exhibitions, programs, events, collections, and retail offerings.

In the center of the building, there is a double-sided Interactive Map that features the distinct offerings available at the site. Visitors can touch a building they’d like to visit, and see the route and estimated walk time from the Orientation Center. Architectural information is also presented for the selected building so users can quickly learn about the building and what is on view inside.

The Collection View Touchtables showcase a unique look at the collection of The Frick. Objects from the collection are presented in unconventional categories that encourage dialogues and comparisons between objects. The experience is both visual and tactile and facilitates visitors being able to playfully manipulate objects and share them with their friends and family. It also serves as a way to see objects that aren’t currently on view.

The final experience is an iPad bar that contains four Story View Interactives. Stories are constructed around events happening internationally, nationally, in Pittsburgh and related to the Frick family story. A series of layout types lets the stories be constructed in a way that can best feature objects from the collection.

Project Accolades:

AIA Certificate of Merit Award “The Frick Orientation Center Experience,” 2015
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 “Welcome to The Frick: New Orientation Center opens,” 2014
Pittsburgh Tribune Review “Frick adds visitor center to campus,” 2014
TRIBLive “New visitor center makes the Frick more welcoming,” 2014
NEXT Pittsburgh “The Frick opening new Orientation Center with interactive screens,” 2014
Pop City “The Frick completes first phase of $15 million renovation project,” 2014
Art Daily “Pittsburgh’s Frick Art & Historical Center announces new Orientation Center opening,” 2014