mediakunst.net user interface design, visual identity program

Mediakunst.net unites several Dutch media art collections of international stature in one digital catalogue. The website is home to the complete media art collections of the Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem, Van Abbemuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, and LIMA. Visitors to Mediakunst.net can freely browse the affiliated collections that contain a selection of works by pioneers as well as by contemporary talent. The webapplication was created in close cooperation with Jaap van Kreeft, Pieter van Kemenade and the LIMA team, with regular group consultations with the project partners.

Project team

Client: LIMA / mediakunst.net. Project director: Gaby Wijers, LIMA. Project planning: Jaap van Kreeft. Site editors: Gaby Wijers, Sanneke Huisman, LIMA. Mediakunst.net projectpartners: Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem, Van Abbemuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, and LIMA. Visual identity and interaction design: Pier Taylor. Front-end webdevelopment: Pieter van Kemenade. Back-end webdevelopment: Jaap van Kreeft, Toxus. Project ongoing, to date 2015/2018.



The works gathered on mediakunst.net are available worldwide for research, knowledge exchange, long-term storage and presentation. The advanced search function allows you to search by artist, title, year, and collection.



The logo design
Shown to the right is the mediakunst logo design. The logo was designed to fit both the digital ecology that the application is a part of and the versatility of museum contexts. The halved orb symbolizes the encompassing media-environment, the triangle references a video play-button.








The horizontal scroll
The interface uses a horizontal scroll with the listings organised vertically in columns. Artworks can be viewed and played within the scroll for direct interaction with the video content. Results can be filtered, sorted and grouped both vertically and horizontally. Video’s can be played at different sizes and information about the artworks and the artist is always readily available.
 view screencapture of the user interface


Search blocks
Function blocks are shown above the search results. These markers may show ‘the search query, ‘groupings’, or ‘activated filters’ and can be changed by clicking on them. Blocks can be added to further refine the search result. Artworks can be saved to playlists for sharing with collegues.
A slider in the right top corner enables you to switch between search results and playlists.
 View screencapture of the user interface






A score of icons was made to guide interaction and to save space.

In custom versions the interface design and text copy can be adjusted to suit the corporate identities of the project partners.