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First, George Lucas brought us his all-encompassing visions of the future in Star Wars. Now, he’s bringing us the future of storytelling in the form of a museum. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is slated to open in Chicago in 2018. Until then, its graphically sharp website demonstrates the museum’s mission: “a gathering place to experience narrative art and the evolution of moving images—from illustration to cinema to the digital media of the future.” The user-friendly, fully responsive site shows the museum’s forward-looking architecture and its expansive collection, meant to inspire the next generation of storytellers. George Lucas challenged digital firm Hello Design to create a website that could house the 650-plus artworks in the museum’s initial collection, with the capability to grow as more are added. To organize this compendium, the designers divided the collection into three navigational categories: narrative art, cinematic art and digital art. A robust PHP-based content management system and image tagging allow the museum to continually add new visuals and meaningfully describe and organize them. To provide a more cinematic user experience, CSS animations enhance the visual flow and add an extra spark. Until the museum opens in 2018, the website will remain the primary portal to educate and excite audiences about Lucas’s visions on the future of storytelling.
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