Pemberton Museum Launches New Mobile Site

Ben Groulx
Dec 23, 2013
Pemberton Museum Launches New Mobile Site

Today, we are very excited to announce the launch of the new Pemberton Museum website. It went live very quietly on Friday, and even in its lack of promotion, the response has been tremendously positive. We are grateful to have participated in this project, and are excited now to share it with you.

The Pemberton Museum (Pemberton and District Museum and Archives Society) "collects, preserves, and displays artifacts connected with the human history of Pemberton and District." The Pemberton area has such a rich history, and it is epitomized by the wealth of treasures kept in the archives of the museum.

True Design Goes Beyond Visuals

We have been working with the museum for many years now, but over the summer we were approached to support them in setting up a museum-wide Intranet with phone, Internet, and database support; a full technologic upgrade! As we set to work, we realized the museum wasn't just looking for an upgraded system, but something deeper than that: a organizational change. How could we make changes to their backend, while simultaneously improving and facilitating the way they do their work?

Once we agreed the old museum site was no longer reflective of the way they catalogue artifacts, we set to work developing a system that was true to their new internal organizational workflow. These changes affected the way information was presented on the public website, too, so we needed to design a new site that would reflect this improved system. By designing for mobile devices first and scaling up accordingly, we were able to create a site that was accessible for any and all devices.

Design is not styling, it is not decoration. Design is about how the way things work. 

You will notice very little visual stylings throughout the new site. The museum has such a rich history of interesting artefacts, images, and documents, we didn't want any "fluff" getting in the way of the museum's purpose of sharing the stories of the area. Design is not styling, it is not decoration. Design is about how the way things work. As Dieter Rams has proclaimed, " Good design is as little design as possible."

Pemberton Museum design

How Could We Make This Site Better?

The Pemberton Museum is a fantastic destination for both tourists and locals alike, and we are honoured to continue working with them and supporting our local community. We enjoyed the many challenges throughout the process of developing this new system. But we don't work in a vacuum; view the new site at and let us know what you think. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about the new site, please feel free to leave them below.

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