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05.17.13

webpick of the week

Rijks Museum

Museum, Public Service

What started as an art-making pop up in a number of Dutch department stores, later developed into Rijksstudio, the impressively remixable online collection of 125,000 Dutch masterpieces housed within the beautiful main site of Rijks Museum.

In the pop-ups, special teams would assist visitors in making their own creations using images from the collection with online tools and on-site equipment such as textile printers and laser cutters. Now these high-resolution images are available on the web, with visitors encouraged to download, edit, print and make their own art work—from iPhone cases and knitted fabrics to t-shirts and bikes. Orders can be fulfilled by print-on-demand businesses, from laser cutters to 3D printers.

The responsive site is optimised for use on the iPad, and has a full-screen mode with the ability to zoom in to reveal the tiniest details of the artwork. With a Rijksstudio account, users can cut details from very large pictures and save these images in thier own collections. The search feature is very comprehensive, taking advantage of all the complex relations and data structures of a massive art collection. It's quite amazing that all this functionality also works on your mobile device!

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