Futuristic-looking seat pods dotted throughout
the National Library building are where you can sit
quietly with a coffee and use an interactive
touchscreen to explore a selection of the library’s
The National Library’s vision for these pods was
to create a unique audio-visual experience for each
visitor and provide a taste of the diversity and
wealth of the library’s digital content.
Creating the experience
To make the vision real, we held a user
experience mapping workshop with the National
Library’s project team and stakeholders.
We distilled their vision into a set of
essential features that would provide an interface
for the free exploration of the media in an organic
and instinctual way.
Collaborating closely with the National
Library’s project team, we built a kiosk-based site
in Ruby on Rails. A large touchscreen presents the
user with a checkerboard of images that invites
them to interact with and explore the content, with
maximum inspiration and minimal use of text.
Frequent meetings with the project team keep us
focused yet flexible. We maintained high
productivity over the very tight eight-week project
timeframe, and delivered maximum value at each
milestone along the way.