ArtPrize inspires public dialogue around contemporary art, helping more than 400,000 visitors experience over 1,400 works of art during an annual 3-week celebration in downtown Grand Rapids.
During 2015 & 2016 the ArtPrize app was re-engineered for better stability and an improved voting experience, with geofencing support, offline access, and improved dynamic syncing.
ArtPrize awards $500,000 in prizes annually to works of art selected (both by public vote and expert jury) during a massive 19-day event. This requires a great deal of logistics, including mobile apps that 60,000 event-goers use to navigate over 170 venues in the 3-square-mile ArtPrize district and vote for their favorite entries in real time.
In 2015, the Atomic team re-engineered the ArtPrize app code base, fixing persistent stability issues and adding geofencing, dynamic updating, and integrated navigation.
For 2016, Atomic overhauled the app’s voting capabilities, provided more venue information, and made several UI enhancements.
Stability & Offline Syncing
Many ArtPrize venues have poor cell reception/connectivity, especially when thousands of voters are competing with each other for bandwidth. To solve this problem, the app stores votes until the user’s phone gets an internet connection.
Unfortunately, the syncing system was buggy in years past and would sometimes return errors, delay voting, or display votes incorrectly. It also had trouble syncing votes cast using different methods.
For the 2016 event, Atomic rethought the problem and restructured the entire voting infrastructure — creating a simpler, more reliable system. Thanks to the improved voting infrastructure, votes cast via the mobile app rose from 65% of all votes in 2015 to 75% in 2016.
Our visitors have been thrilled with the app, and our experience with Atomic has been great. Their people are very much on point—professional and accommodating. I’m very happy with the team. Jeff Wheeler, ArtPrize Director of Technology
The 2016 app shows significantly more information about each ArtPrize venue, including open hours, whether they have outdoor art, and if they have public restrooms.
It also has sophisticated filtering options, allowing users to find currently-open venues that fit their criteria.
Atomic has skin in the game. They provide in-kind services for ArtPrize, and so they’ve been part of our voice when we’re creating our products. That’s invaluable. I look forward to working with their team again in 2017. Jeff Wheeler, ArtPrize Director of Technology
Atomic provided Android app development and iOS app development for the ArtPrize 2015 and 2016 mobile apps. Conduit Studio provided visual design and information architecture on the project.
- System Architecture
- Visual Design
- Software Development