Case studies and demos

Darwin is in use through the UK. We’ve included some of the more recent projects on this page – and also some demonstration exhibits (which are available to download and play with if you download Darwin).

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse

We used Darwin to create all of Shire Hall’s digital content: kiosk iPads in the courthouse itself, iPod touch based audio guides, and iPad family guide – and extensive KS1 and KS2 guides for schools.

(Please note this video contains this flashing images, as it was screengrabbed from an iPad playing movie files: Apple makes that flash to prevent people stealing video. Sorry.)

Frist Art Museum

We worked with Frist to create a exhibit complementing their civil rights exhibition, We Shall Overcome. The exhibit compares modern and contemporary photos of some key locations and gives access to over 100 digitised newspapers. Frist continue to use Darwin and have since deployed it to a completely different exhibition.

V & A Museum – shop exhibits

Working from screen designs created by the V&A’s in-house design team, we used Darwin to build simple but engaging explorations of some of the key artists whose work is on sale in the shop. This demo shows two of the four touchscreen installed in the V & A.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse – Lorina Samplers exhibit

For Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse we created an exhibit exploing the life and (unusual) works of Lorina Bulwer. Lorina stitched ‘samplers’ over 3 metres in length – we used Darwin to let users explore the samplers in much greater detail than was normally possible.

Newhaven Museum – image archive

For Newhaven Museum we created a Darwin component to search through a copy of their image archive (over 15000 images). Visitors now have instant access to very large scale scans of the archive – and the museum can add to their archive and create separate stories and features using Darwin.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse – Workhouses exhibit

For Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse we used Darwin to build a guide to the various workhouses in Norfolk. A Darwin component was created for the zooming map but all other pages are standard Darwin images, text etc. As more archive documents become available, Gressenhall Staff can extend and enhance the exhibit.

Arundel Museum – oral histories

For Arundel Museum we used Darwin to design and build a digital exhibit which complements and enhances the four main sections of the museum. It also includes a growing library of oral histories, which the museum can extend over time.

Demonstration exhibit – timeline

This shows an interactive timeline exhibit, created using Darwin. Visitors can explore the timeline, branching off to answer quizzes, watch videos and in one case can ‘imagine’ being a conscientious objector. Darwin’s animated elements add life to the pages and can be used to guide visitors to certain areas of the screen or controls.

This exhibit is available to download with the trial version of Darwin.

Demonstration exhibit – objects

This example exhibit, built using Darwin, explores a set of objects – in this case, 8-bit computer games – using video, embedded web pages, image explorers and more.

This exhibit is available to download with the trial version of Darwin.

Demonstration exhibit – phone application

Darwin can be easily configured to run on modern phones, displaying in portrait orientation, 16:9 aspect aspect ratio.

This short demo, recorded directly from an iPhone, shows on-screen animation, popups and scrolling text.

Demonstration exhibit – the interactive story of Jim

This simple, silly – but strangely moving – tale created using Darwin, is an example of an interactive story: guiding users through a narrative, stopping on the way for animation, video and more.

This is just one of the many ways museums and galleries can use Darwin to communicate ideas and stories to their visitors.

Darwin has been such a good CMS for us!

Megan Dennis

Curator, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Musuem

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