The Design Museum Collection for iPad
Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Age Rating: 4+
The iPad is not among the 59 items London’s Design Museum highlights in its iPad app. Whether or not this is an oversight in an app that, in the museum’s words, “explores key moments in design history” is debatable. And that’s a cool thing about this well-designed app. It’s likely to inspire debate – or at least thoughtful consideration – about what makes for great design.
The Design Museum Collection app features only a small fraction of the museum’s collection of more than 3000 items. It divides the included objects into five basic categories – architecture, furniture, graphics, products and transportation. Like the museum itself, the app focuses on the past 100 years or so. A tap on a thumbnail photo of an item launches a page that includes a large photo, some descriptive text and a brief ‘talking head’ video about the item by Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic. After tapping on the large photo at the top of the page, you can also view a mini slideshow showing the object from different angles.
You can browse the items in any order or sort them by category, type (camera, clock, chair and so forth), designer, manufacturer, place of origin, colour and material (leather, plastic, steel and the like). The ability to sort objects in multiple ways is fun and illuminating – a couple of taps reveals that the app’s two items that include both leather and wood are the Bauhaus Wassily armchair… and the Sony Discman. The app also enables you to create your own collection of favourites.
by Jeff Meron, Techhive