The Vitra Design Museum has launched an interesting site for their new exhibition called ‘Hidden Heros’ that looks at everyday objects we rarely think about because they have been produced a billion times but they are an indispensable part of our everyday life. There are 41 objects in the exhibition including the bar code, the clothes pin, tupperware, umbrellas and the egg carton. The concept of the exhibition is interesting but the design of the site is what really made it stand out for me.
The initial experience with the sites takes a little getting used to but once you get back that the interface is really interesting and well done. When you arrive at the site you need to choose one of the 41 objects which are represented by colored strips and then click ‘enter exhibition’. The interface is a mix of 2D and 3D elements that are blended together into a simple experience that retains is visual impact as you experience all of the content for each object. Also little details like the ability to click on content to scroll it instead of having a scroll bar are nice touches that make the site worth checking out.