New ways of discovering the collection

Explore allows you to discover the collection using five new interfaces especially developed for the Australian Prints + Printmaking site.

These experimental web interfaces differ from the traditional search and browse model - instead of assuming you know what you want to find - they allow you to engage in a process of open ended exploration. It is hoped that this process of visual exploration provides an appreciation of the size and diversity of the collection while encouraging you to make new discoveries within it.

Explore Australian Prints + Printmaking is part of our research into 'generous interfaces'. This research project aims to develop new techniques and interfaces that encourage exploration and discovery within large cultural heritage collections online.

This work was developed by Mitchell Whitelaw and Ben Ennis Butler, with the support of the Digital Design and Media Arts research cluster in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra and the Gordon Darling Australian Pacific Print Fund, National Gallery of Australia.

More information, and other projects, can be found on Mitchell's Visible Archive blog.

These interfaces are prototypes. They will work best in modern, standards-compliant web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

We'd love your feedback! Please get in touch with any comments, suggestions, problems or questions.

Ben is at @beneb, or by email.
Mitchell is at @mtchl, or by email.

Use the #ausprints hashtag on twitter.