Indigenous Knowledges portal

UX strategy
Software design & development
Digital product creations
Website design & development
Systems design
Wide landscape of the semi arid environment photographed from the air

As part of Sydney University’s Indigenous strategy, and in partnership with Warburton Arts, Holly was challenged to craft a platform to build a bridge between Ngaanyatjarra knowledge and western knowledge, allowing it to be taught alongside all University courses.

KEY OBJECTIVES

  • Allow the storage and annotation of knowledge contained in a significant collection of community owned paintings from Warburton
  • To present media and stories in a compelling way that is as accessible and meaningful to indigenous people as it is to university students

STORY

The collection of Ngaanyatjarra paintings housed at the Warburton Arts project on the edge of the Gibson desert in Western Australia is probably the largest collection of community owned art in the country. It has been carefully documented and lovingly stored for 30 years and encodes much of the traditional knowledge of the Ngaanyatjarra people that is otherwise slowly being lost as the elders pass on. Holly’s creative and technical director and our designer spent 4 weeks on country and in community with Ngaanyatjarra artists and elders exploring the stories, the art, the characters, and the land and places that encode tens of thousands of years worth of knowledge. Launched NAIDOC week 2019. Projects to integrate these artefacts with university learning and teaching systems are ongoing.

DELIVERABLES

  • Creative, ontological & technical design
  • 3D environment scanning from aerial data
  • Research & discovery
  • Single page app development
  • Implementation of content management system (CMS)
  • Integration with university infrastructure and systems

RESULTS

Beautiful online tools for research & discovery and large touch-screens in Community.