The visualMUSE control panel is a data management companion tool to the visualMUSE inspiration board—a 40″x30″ board with embedded internet-ready screens that combines the tactile experience of pinning up clippings and swatches as an inspirational tool with the wealth of visual resources now available the internet.
The online control panel interface supports and enhances this process by equipping the designer with the digital resources to keep a record of the images that they view (and which images they find immediately inspiring).
The way the system is organized, the user can create a series of different “Projects” that each have four categories (to correlate with the four quadrants of the physical board). Each category can be created dynamically from the prototype site by adding the titles and desired keywords that the user wants visualMUSE to use when pulling images from the Flickr API. These projects are then stored in a MySQL database, where they continue to update their stores of new imagery that matches the determined keywords.