This is blog detailing a design process and rationale on a personalized project from Professor Twidale’s Museum Informatics course at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  It operates as a working design process/virtual design studio for the design and creation of the blog – Olympia 1865 – which is an attempt to use social media technology to convey the conversations of 1865 regarding the showing of Manet’s painting Olympia at the prestigious Paris Salon.  The commentary is scintillating, disturbing, hot, rowdy, and telling.  It almost seems to match the tabloids and social commenting of today.

Here is the full, unadulterated image of Manet’s Olympia: