Searching, + finding information in the public library of the future.
I love books, designing experiential processes for public spaces where people come together, and the intersection between digital and physical worlds. This is why I picked this topic for my thesis.
While working on my thesis I …
… 1. Conducted research
- Target audience + search behavior
- Orientation in digital + physical space
… 2. Analyzed
… 3. Conceptualized + designed
For the library online catalogue
For the architectural space
The “Stadtbibliothek Ulm” is a public library in Ulm, Germany, which will move into a new building by 2005. The building was designed to accommodate the changing media landscape, and refresh the “dusty” image of the public library in general.
I chose this library as a case study for my thesis. In my thesis I am addressing the issues of knowledge accessibility and procurement in the context of new- and archived media, and hierarchical organized information in digital- and physical space.
In my thesis I am proposing solutions for a “public library of the future” in the context of identity while taking into account digital library networks, interfaces of online catalogues, navigation, orientation, and new functional areas of architectural space.
Concept + Design
The concept aims at bringing digital and physical space together and consists of a combination of solutions that address the following areas:
- Interface and search functionality for the online catalogue (see videos above)
- Orientation system for the architectural space
- Typographic solution for functional areas
Simple search in OPAC
Extended search in OPAC
Navigating in public space
The online search allows users to add medium types to a virtual list, similar to an online shopping cart, and print out the list once the online search is finalized.
Users can then print out this list and use it to navigate the physical space in the library.