This year the special issue of "Studies in Digital Heritage" dedicated to the topic, "Perceiving Cultural Heritage through Digital Technologies" (volume 3, issue 1), was included in the ADI Design Index, representing pre-selection as a candidate for the "Compasso d'Oro" (Golden Compass) prize.
The "Compasso d'Oro" is a prestigious award bestowed by the Industrial Design Association (ADI) located in Milan (Italy) on the most important contributions to the field of Design.
One might object, “how is Design related to Digital Heritage?” If so, please read on….
The selected issue provides an analysis of the enhanced level of interaction between a human being and an ancient masterpiece when mediated by technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), presenting suggestions about how the VR or AR language could effectively work in actual applications. Several different aspects were treated, including a broad set of disciplines such as engineering, archeology, art history, and the neurosciences, with an analysis that aims to create the building blocks of a language for communicating art and cultural heritage through virtual technologies. This is precisely what a designer needs to create effective VR and AR applications in museums or other sites of cultural interest.
Although based in Italy, this award is well known on the international level.
On September 9, 2020, the award ceremony occurred. In the end, our journal did not win, but the great honor of having been selected remains. To recognize this result, involving having passed a thorough review by several different committees, a physical copy of the selected special issue has been put on display at the new Design Museum in the Milan headquarters of ADI.