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Color Composer

 
 

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art asked how they might use a touchscreen to emulate the synesthesia (seeing sound and hearing color) of featured painter Wassily Kandinsky. So we invented the Color Composer.

 
 
 
 

Inspired by his painting "Rose with Gray", Color Composer allows users to construct digital paintings using a distinct color palette and automatically applied Kandinsky-esque effects. Once the user presses play, the composition becomes an animated soundscape, fusing sound and vision. The user can continually edit their sounds by moving and scaling shapes or creating new ones then share their work on social media.

 
 

Both the kiosk and a corresponding online experience were created from the ground up, including custom interactions, unique sounds for each shape, and its own animated branding. Try it here.

 
 
 
 

Several additional iPad experiences were concepted to supplement the Color Composer including a vintage photo-taking app to teach users about the influence of photography on Impressionism, a "plein air" painting app where users could reference live streams of the city, a match game experience using paintings and the incredibly bad reviews they received from critics, and a tilt-gesture controlled experience to to navigate the color shifts in series of the same scenes. In the end, Gallery+ was created to connect artists and artworks across time periods and styles.

 
 
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COMPOSER UX & UI/GALLERY PLUS BRANDING: ANTHONY SCHMIEDELER
COMPOSER DEVELOPMENT: PRESTON RICHEY, CK HICKS, Brandon Cash
COMPOSER SOUND DESIGN: ZACHARY LAWSON
MOTION DESIGN: CARSON CATLIN
CREATIVE DIRECTION: CADY BEANSMITH