Contemporary Jewish Museum

Culture, Art, Technology - Website Design & Development

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) is a non-collecting institution that engages Jewish and Non-Jewish people—a welcoming place to explore where Jewish thought comes together with culture, history, art, and ideas.

Design Development
Tech Stack
  • Ruby

The Challenge

With a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation to support digital innovation, The CJM set out to develop a modernized, digitally immersive experience for its online patrons and museum visitors. The team wanted to make past and current exhibits more accessible to audiences who otherwise might be unable to physically visit the museum in person.

The Solution

The CJM partnered with Carbon Five to craft a new website that pushed aesthetic boundaries. The team worked together to design a unique user experience on both web and mobile devices. The website update included a new custom content management system (CMS) to support the museum’s rotating themes and exhibits. All completed on a relatively tight timeline of just a few months.

“This project has been most fun I’ve ever had working on a website.”

Linda Butler
Director of Marketing & Communications , Contemporary Jewish Museum

The Process

The CJM sets the bar high with content, and thankfully with no shortage of it. The challenge was creating a UI framework that could stretch across content types and themes and continue to evolve. Working side-by-side, Carbon Five designers and software engineers created a dynamic set of layout modules and a rational system to ensure new pages always felt fresh.

The team was able to reimagine how they reached audiences through their digital presence. The new website and mobile app designs drove an increase in traffic both online and at the museum. In turn, the completed project helped increase sales of The CJM’s membership base and deepened patron engagement.

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