Art Institute of Chicago

JourneyMaker Interactive

The Art Institute of Chicago: Ryan Learning Center




Belle & Wissell, Co.




Senior Interactive Developer at Belle & Wissell, Co.


  • Gabe Kean, Principal
  • Sarah Trueblood, Studio Producer
  • Thomas Ryun, Creative Director
  • Edward Tang, Technology Lead
  • Eric Harvey, Senior Designer
  • Edrea Lita, Senior Designer
  • Natalie Karbelnig, Studio Coordinator
  • Nathan Harris, Back End Developer


  • Touch Table
  • Museum
  • Cultural Icon
  • Art & Design
  • Installation
  • Front-End Development
  • Open-Source
  • Multitouch
  • 3D


  • JavaScript
  • three.js
  • HTML
  • Less


Art Institute of Chicago

JourneyMaker is an interactive touch table experience at The Art Institute of Chicago that turns a family museum visit into a personalized scavenger hunt.

Visitors select artworks from the museum's collection based on kid-friendly storyline themes, print out their own Journey Guide filled with information, activities, and way-finding directions, and set out into the museum on one of over 200,000 possible art adventures.

Visitors drag and spin a magical, gem-like 3D solid to select from one of the eight storylines—such as Strange & Wild Creatures, Time Travelers, Superheroes, and Museum Sleepover—each with its own animated face.

The interactive is also available as a desktop web experience that allows families to create and print their Journey Guides at home.

Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago