Past Meetup

Creating a Museum Video Experience with the WordPress REST API and React

This Meetup is past

40 people went

Every 2nd Thursday of the month until December 12, 2018

Capital Factory

701 Brazos Street · Austin

How to find us

Mobility X Classroom, First Floor. There is free street parking available after 6 pm in the area and paid parking in the building.

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Presented by: Zack Rothauser and Marty Spellerberg

Since the introduction of the WordPress REST API, the potential for using it to power React applications has generated much excitement among developers. But what is an actual use-case for these technologies, and how can it improve the user experience? In this presentation we’ll show how WordPress was used as a foundation for building an in-gallery video kiosk for the Clyfford Still Museum.

We’ll begin by looking at the design process for a museum experience: How digital design can reflect the physical space in which it is installed, and how graphic and movement choices affect visitors’ sense of intimacy. We’ll show how the video kiosk platform was built to scale with the museum’s growing video library, how we made the videos accessible to people with hearing impairments, and how we designed the system to be content-managed from afar.

From there, we’ll demonstrate how content-management via WordPress combined with the REST API and a React front-end provide an intuitive experience for administrators and users, save development time, and provide a smooth native-app-like experience. We’ll finish by detailing the hardware used to present the system in-gallery.