Strengthening communities, one selfie at a time...
Selfies get a bad rap.
If you believe what you read, they are responsible for a global rise in narcissism, risky behaviors occasioning death and the damage of public property.
But does it have to be that way? How might we instead build on the positive, broader social impacts of selfies and what would those impacts be? ThinkPlace tackled these questions with the State Library of New South Wales when they wanted to redevelop their permanent exhibition galleries to be stunning, stereotype-challenging and focused on portraiture.
Libraries, in particular, are cultural institutions with a long history (think the Library of Alexandria). While some might see their local library as a stuffy institution, libraries have withstood the test of time by adapting and remaining relevant across cultures and eras.
They continue this in adapting to the digital age. Adaptation is in their DNA.
The State Library is an excellent example. The Library’s Digital Experience Lab is just one of many ways the institution is exploring new ground. This year, the Library redeveloped their exhibition galleries and the DX Lab was charged with developing an immersive digital experience that would reframe how people saw the Library and its collection. Their goal with this new digital experience was to welcome people to the space and help them relate to each other and the collection
The DX Lab comprises a small yet talented group. With an embedded ThinkPlace team member as part of the design team we moved through a process that brought together many staff with specialist skills across the Library to take in in existing research, develop, test and refine a range of ideas with visitors for showcasing the faces in the State Library collection.