Copy + Paste: Hall of Architecture was an eight-month exhibit in The Carnegie Museum of Art's Hall of Architecture, the world's most extensive collection of plaster casts. This exhibit would explore new ways to present information in the space. As part of this endeavor, PlastAR created a Google Tango AR app prototype for the show.

Design Role
UI/UX Design
Copy Writing

Written Content for App

Mentions in the News
Rossilynne Culgan | 10/26/2017
Time travel in augmented reality with this new app at the Carnegie Museum of Art

ARPost Team | 10/27/2017
Time Travel in Augmented Reality with the Carnegie Museum of Art 

Amanda Waltz | 10/30/2017
Architecture comes alive through Carnegie Museum of Art’s new Plaster ReCast augmented reality app 

Julianne Mattera| 12/13/2017
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Matthew Marani | 01/29/2018
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Starting Out
Exploring the hall and interviewing visitors, it was clear the Hall of Architecture's congested and large layout was problematic, primarily with three overarching issues...

One: The presentation of plasters had no organization
Two: As such, guests didn't know where to start
Three: The congested layout left little room for relevant information

The result was an exhibit visitors wanted to engage with but had no idea how to.
UI Design
Partnering with another UI/UX designer on the team, I worked on wireframes, paper prototypes, and play-testing. Finding out the hall is built to bring landmarks to Pittsburgh's people, I focused on designing the app to treat users like tourists with travel-like features, an emphasis on exploration, engaging experiences, and education.
Flow of PlastAR app detailing interactions
While play-testing helped identify ways to clean up features, it also discovered that visitors wanted the following:
One: Different amounts of information based on the time users had. A five-minute visit gets the same quality experience but less content than an hour's worth.
Two: Features that worked well with any number of users. Rarely were museum visits conducted alone.

Incorporating the above feedback, AR features were designed for single and group usage, and the app provides three unique experiences, each with different amounts of content but the same interactivity. To land the app's tourist theme, I authored content to address users as if they were on tour. Play-testers responded well to digital prototypes as a result.
The final combined result of our UI/UX work is a fun, easy-to-use app that has been received well by visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The app has already helped many have a more memorable experience at the museum.