The finished app features the 20 best-known sculptures in the main gallery and all of the sculptures in the sculpture garden. In addition, visitors who download the app can read about the mission and history of the Museum and learn more about Marshall M. Fredericks. “My goal was to take people deep into the thinking of Marshall M. Fredericks when he was creating these objects,” says Wheaton. “Within a year we had all the design work done, and we were deliriously happy with it.”
Wheaton believes the app will positively impact visitors’ experiences for two main reasons. First, the app makes it possible for visitors to take self-guided tours when a Museum volunteer is not available to guide them through the sculpture gallery or garden. Second, the app allows visitors to play audio about a given sculpture, which benefits people who find reading more difficult than listening due to their eyesight or learning style.
Usabilities studies were completed at multiple stages of the app development.
A few of the many screens that made up the final museum app.
According to Wheaton, the app received very positive feedback from the Museum’s board members, many of whom shared news of the app’s release on their social media accounts.
Vang, who currently works as the creative lead at PGN Agency and a freelance graphic designer, says the teamwork skills she picked up in Cardinal Solutions were valuable in her transition to working with an agency. Thanks to hands-on learning projects such as the Museum app, she gained a better understanding of—and deeper appreciation for—the tools and strategies that drive meaningful interdisciplinary collaboration. A former project manager at Cardinal Solutions, Vang now fulfills project management responsibilities on a daily basis. “In Cardinal Solutions, I learned how to manage a group of people and make sure that projects are getting done and moving smoothly,” she says. “I do that every day now. I act as a project manager because I’m basically the creative director here.”
In the project management role she held during her undergrad, Vang learned how to present her work to teammates and the client, among other soft skills. “Presenting your work to others is intimidating at first,” she says. “We are often our own biggest critics, so it’s very intimidating when you have to go up in front of a group of people and convey your idea or your message or present your project.” Her presentation skills have come in handy in the workplace. For example, Vang recently worked with a coworker to explain to others why changes in the company’s brand were necessary and how this would serve their target audience: “It’s important to break through that nervousness—because you know what you’re talking about, you just have to build up that confidence to be able to tell it to other people.
“For somebody who is thinking of joining Cardinal Solutions, I would advise them to definitely go for it because Cardinal Solutions is going to be worth it. It can enhance your skills in the long run for your career. I’ve gained so much from it even in the short time that I was in it! I wish I had been in it for even longer after the fact or that I was able to join sooner than I did because it was the . . . most beneficial class/course that I’ve ever taken.”