No code? No problem. Using no-code methods to build and ship projects with minimal staff support, budget, and timeline.

Wednesday, April 5th: 1:00pm - 2:30pm


Head of Creative Services @ Brandywine Museum of Art

Paper Abstract

Imagine this: you work for a museum that does not have a dedicated programmer on staff fluent in Python, Java, or PHP. Okay, maybe that\’s not so hard to envision. Having worked in digital communications with smaller-sized museums for nearly 15 years, I have been involved in dozens of digital projects and found that there has never been an easier time to produce high-quality, custom products without the need for code.

You probably used no-code tools before, whether you realize it or not. Think Squarespace, Wix, or Mailchimp. But there is also a wealth of new low-code and no-code tools that may not be as familiar to you. These new platforms rely less on templates and are far more viable for complex projects. I want to introduce (or perhaps re-introduce) you to tools such as Webflow, Readymag, Figma, Airtable, and more.

This paper will look at the incredible potential of low-code/no-code tools, especially for smaller institutions. It will explore different use cases, argue for the viability of no-code platforms, give examples of no-code tools that may be relevant to Museum projects, and provide resources to learn more about no-code development.

I’ve used no-code tools to build exhibition microsites, digital guides, and web apps. In February 2020, the Brandywine Museum of Art opened an important exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which granted women the right to vote. It took years of work that led up to the exhibition opening. Unfortunately, as you can likely guess from the date it opened, the museum closed only a few weeks into the run of the exhibition due to the global pandemic. With the doors shut, our staff looked at ways to share the exhibition\’s important content with our audience at home. With almost no budget and a timeline of only 2–3 weeks to get it online, we turned to a no-code tool called Readymag. Readymag is a browser-based design tool suited for online publications—a

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