Hello. I'm curating an exhibit that comes out of a community oral history project and need to incorporate audio into the design. We are planning to use QR codes that visitors can scan using cell phones; the audio tracks will live on our website as a digital component of the exhibit. We decided that this would be the best way for visitors to listen to short excerpts from the interviews; we don't want to pay for hardware that people may be reluctant to use anyway, want to give people the choice to listen, and have too many clips in too small a space to play them as ambient sound.Does anyone have experience using codes to access audio and have comments or suggestions regarding the process, user experience, and overall results? Do you have recommendations (or warnings) regarding the companies that generate the codes? Thank you!
Sincerely,Sarah GordonCurator, Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and HistoryKingston, New Yorkcurator@rehercenter.org
Hello, Sarah.Sounds like a good use for QR codes.
Some good suggestions here about generating the codes and hosting the files, but (as @Lisa Falk mentioned), I'd emphasize the importance of including short and clear text that explains what the QR code does - "scan with your phone to listen to this oral history" or something to that affect. We've created a QR code style guide that incorporates short and longer text options and visual requirements for consistency. And to that end, one important thing that maybe goes without saying but I'll say anyway: test the generated code in the actual context it will be used - actual size, placement, lighting conditions, and the distance visitors will need to be away from the code. Verifying that it works well in the real conditions should help remove at least one source of potential frustration (this has been learned the hard way in our organization).
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