The mission of the Anacostia Community Museum is to challenge perceptions, broaden perspectives, generate new knowledge, and deepen understanding about the ever-changing concepts and realities of ‘community.’ The museum is located in the District of Columbia near the eastern shore of the Anacostia River. Established in 1967, the Anacostia Community Museum helps the Smithsonian Institution reach out to the local DC community in many unique ways. We will help the Museum update and redesign its web presence with a launch date set for early 2014. The new site will also feature a responsive version that will be fully compatible with tablets and smartphones.
IK to Redesign the Anacostia Community Museum WebsiteOct 17, 2013
IK Attends the Communications Network Conference, New OrleansOct 08, 2013
Last week, we attended the Communications Network’s annual conference in New Orleans. The Network’s mission is “to support foundations and nonprofits to improve lives through smart communications,” and it was a great event to be a part of. With a dynamic speaker lineup and 15 informative breakout sessions from which to choose, one of the primary themes this year was storytelling and the power of a well-crafted narrative. This concept is a critical part of our work here at IK -- working closely with our clients to help them effectively craft their content and deliver it online in an elegant and engaging manner. The conference gave us the opportunity to catch up with some clients, meet some new folks, and get the juices flowing on new ideas….and all of that in a beautiful city, with fantastic food, music and people. A pretty good way to spend a few days!
IK Picked to Make Smithsonian Mobile And ResponsiveSep 13, 2013
In 2010, we completed a redesign of the Smithsonian Institution’s main website, SI.edu. This project won a Webby Award in the Cultural Institutions category in 2011 and has been a very popular online destination. Since this website launched, the Smithsonian has committed to deliver more of its digital content to mobile devices. Smithsonian Visitor Services has tracked the percentage of website visitors who are using their smartphone to view SI.edu. Recently, they noted that over 40% of traffic to the Visit section of the website came from mobile devices. We were hired to make key sections of the current site responsive to smartphones and mobile devices. The same content available on laptops and computers will be redesigned and scaled appropriately for viewing on small screens. This project will be completed and available before the end of 2013.
NACCHO Releases New Video to Promote Roots of Health Inequity WebsiteSep 04, 2013
We partnered with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in 2011 to release the “Roots of Health Inequity” online curriculum. This extensive project includes a custom online community and has well over one thousand participants. NACCHO wants to build on this success. They recently published a promotional video on YouTube and will be sharing it with public health professionals around the country. The video features images from many of the online interactive activities we produced as part of this project.
Building Trust Website LaunchesJul 08, 2013
The University of Maryland’s School of Public Health has released the “Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers” website. We partnered with the University’s Center for Health Equity to design and produce this exciting project. The website is designed for health professionals who are involved in medical research. Minorities are underrepresented in much of the medical research taking place in the US. Even worse, there is a well-documented history of mistreatment and abuse of minorities in health and medical research over the past century. Distrust is a natural consequence of past abuses.
“Building Trust” addresses past issues and describes the controls currently in place, such as informed consent and community advisory boards. This website includes a variety of online tools to help researchers better connect with minority communities. We designed several interactive activities and produced an animated overview that resides on the website’s home page. This engaging introduction can be distributed to interested users through social media. The project was funded with an NIH grant and will be promoted across the country by the Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative.
The Max M. Fisher Online Archives are now openJun 03, 2013
Max M. Fisher was an incredible man who found success in many aspects of his life including business, fund-raising, international diplomacy and philanthropy. We worked closely with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation to create an expansive, interactive presentation of Max Fisher’s life. The complete collection of Max Fisher’s papers, photographs, correspondence, etc. are being archived at the Reuther Library at Wayne State University. The Online Archives include a fraction of the total collection but are designed to tell a compelling story.
The website includes four original videos that each focus on one of Max Fisher’s outstanding character traits – Wisdom, Leadership, Service and Generosity. We’ve created an interactive timeline of his life with over 150 events and a searchable database with over 600 items including 107 video clips. This educational website is designed to introduce people who do not know Max Fisher to his legacy and preserve his memory for the thousands of people who were touched by his generosity and commitment.
An Interactive Timeline of John Fetzer's LifeMay 24, 2013
We are updating the Fetzer Institute's website with an interactive timeline featuring important events in the Institute's founder's life. John Fetzer made his fortune in broadcasting. He owned the Detroit Tigers major league baseball team when they won the 1968 World Series. But his passion for science and spirituality led him to devote the final decades of his life to establishing the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The updated timeline will offer a new look at the most interesting and poignant events in John Fetzer's life.
Our Newest Client – The National Campaign for the Prevention of Teen and Unwanted PregnancyMay 07, 2013
We are excited to partner with The National Campaign to help them redesign their main website. They have national expertise in their field and their website is an important source of research data and practical information that is used by a wide variety of audiences. The redesign project will give us an opportunity to reorganize their content and develop new, dynamic ways to display data. The final product will be built in Drupal 7 and include a well-designed back end to allow The National Campaign’s staff a simple process for updating and adding new research data and other compelling content.
Time and Navigation Exhibition Reviewed in the National PressApr 24, 2013
The Atlantic, The New York Times and The Washington Post have written great reviews of the Time and Navigation exhibition. This is the newest permanent exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum. The scope of the content is impressive since the exhibition covers over five hundred years of progress as humans try to find their way around the world.
Time and Navigation Exhibition Opens at the National Air and Space MuseumApr 23, 2013
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum partnered with the National Museum of American History to create a new permanent exhibition titled Time and Navigation – The Untold Story of Getting From Here to There. Interactive Knowledge worked closely with the Time and Navigation team to design and produce a large-scale educational website, three computer interactives and four 3D animations. The interactives and animations, produced in partnership with Terra Incognita and Pixeldust Studios, are installed as part of the exhibition and are also included in the website.
The educational website was built using Drupal 7 framework. It includes a mobile version that was built using responsive design techniques. As the Time and Navigation team continues to update and add content to the website, these revisions will flow automatically to the mobile version that’s viewable on smartphone screens.