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Want to create beautiful and fast presentations of art that will dazzle your students and colleagues? Wölff is your tool.
Want to create beautiful and fast presentations of art that will dazzle your students and colleagues? Wölff is your tool.
Want to create beautiful and fast presentations of art that will dazzle your students and colleagues? Wölff is your tool.
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The Opportunity: Lots of high-res images

Wölff makes it easier for you to access and explore the various sources of high quality digitized artworks, like:

  • Your cloud storage space, where you store the high-resolution photographs you've taken with your digital camera
  • Google, which pools images from various sources, including Wiki Commons, Flickr, Picasa, and more
  • Libraries and museums, more of which are posting their collections online 

The Problem: Computers are clunky

PowerPoint is for corporate types, not art historians. Keynote is nicer, but it's no more tailored to art history's needs. 

The Solution: Nix the mouse, use your hands!

Wölff makes prepping presentations much easier for you. Simply use your fingertips to zoom and pan, to drag and drop, to perfect and to share your lectures with others--or just to explore yourself for your own research project. The idea seems obvious, but it hasn't been done successfully to meet the needs specific to educators of the arts.

The Future Art History Lecture: "I never noticed that detail before!"

You'll be shocked by what you and your students (and colleagues!) will discover as they follow your Wölff presentation from their own devices. Wölff is great for solo research, but it also fundamentally changes the way we study art as a community of scholars and enthusiasts!

And we are only just getting started. Paying tribute to technology's long tradition in the production, consumption, and teaching of art, the Wölff team anticipates future technological developments that will continue to advance the study of visual culture. Wölff does not, however, change the way that art historians, curators, dealers, and educators have been approaching and studying objects for generations—it simplifies, democratizes, and beautifies it.

Where does your money go?

Coding and testing are time-consuming and labor-intensive. With your contribution, we can build and perfect our prototype into a working reality! Donate at least $30 and receive a copy + 1 year subscription !!

What's the timeline?

If you contribute, we will keep you updated every step along the way.

  • Summer 2014: alpha and beta TESTING  
  • Fall 2014: PILOTING the app at select universities and museums 
  • February 2015: PUBLIC DEBUT at the 103rd Annual College Art Association Conference in New York, NY 

"There's no other app that can do this?"

NOPE. Surprising, isn't it? There is no program that permits you to create a presentation of slides, which could be comprised of any variation of single images or comparisons of multiple images. Not to mention the options to consult an image's art-historical metadata (eg artist, date, location, etc.), sync with your cloud-based or locally-saved inventories of images, add custom slides with text and images, toggle one image in a slide comparison without compromising the appearance of the opposing image, *share* your presentation with others privately or publicly--in PDF or Wölff-format, etc. etc. etc.  

This app is the result of years of deliberation and consultation among art historians from our nation's most prestigious universities and museums. It will be made BY art historians, FOR art historians.

The Team

Greg Bryda is an art historian. He is writing his dissertation at Yale on late Gothic art in southern Germany--who else would have slides of Riemenschneider sculpture? (thanks, Allie!) Inventing an app for art historians fits squarely with his professional background. Before Yale, he was an Associate Vice President at Citi's Private Bank, having studied economics at Penn's Wharton School in addition to art history at Penn's College of Arts and Sciences.

Max Haines-Styles writes code in the Bay Area. He manages web and mobile development at Ristretto Labs, where he focuses on crafting intuitive user experiences. Outside of that he's actually a pretty fun guy: prior to technology, Max was a Wine Director/Sommelier in San Francisco. He graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies

Laura Austin is Boston's finest graphic designer. Her list of clients speaks for itself: Duke U, Green Mountain Coffee, Johnson & Johnson, USO, Amplatz Children's Hospital, to name just a few. Her list of professional awards is too long to include here. She is a graduate of the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University. Visit laura-austin.com to learn more!

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to my dissertation committee, Jacqueline JungRobert Nelson, and Christopher Wood, for their inspiration and support, and to Kevin Arnot, Roland Betancourt, Magdalene Breidenthal, Yvonne Delbanco, Peter Leonard, Stephanie Luther, Lauren Mancia, Michael Pollak, Lindsay Riordan, Nina Rowe, Allison Stielau, Leslie Tait, and Nancy Wu

Disclaimers

All images included on this profile are in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years or less. Wölfflin portrait {{PD-Art-two|PD-old-70|PD-1923}} and {{PD-Art-two|PD-Germany|PD-1996}} / Netherlandish ProverbsHunters in the SnowBathers in Asnières + studyArnolfini Portrait, Magic Lantern Slide Lecture, the Sans Pareil in 1816, The Girl with the Pearl EarringPortrait of Mary CassattThe Desperate ManPhrasikleia (credit: "I, Sailko"), and Dürer's Portrait of 1500 {{PD-Art|PD-old-100}} and {{PD-Art-two|PD-old-70|PD-1923}}.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is to ensure that our software is coded to run smoothly and be user-friendly. We are uniquely positioned to ensure a successful product because we have an A+ experienced programmer and a team of world-class art historians alpha and beta testing it with their own tablet devices.

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