Nymbol are a team of creative and technical people who specialise
in working with arts, cultural and heritage organisations. We find
new and stimulating ways to present digital archives and
collections, using platforms such as smart phones, tablets, web,
touch and gesture technology.
Our clients include galleries, libraries, archives and museums, all
of whom share our goal of creating exciting experiences for 21st
Whilst all our apps, websites and interactives are bespoke, we
use a purpose-built backend system designed specifically for
cultural and archive content. This means that we can deliver the
goods more quickly and for less money than you might expect.
The Nymbol approach is to work in full partnership with our
client’s curatorial, marketing and education experts to
create designs and online pathways that are unique and effective.
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Nymbol is able to offer customised solutions because we have
a purpose-built Content Management Systems (CMS), built with the
needs of the cultural and heritage sector in mind.
The CMS acts as a building block or foundation, which can
handle any type of digital content such as images, documents,
PDFs, video and audio. It aims to be as powerful as it is
flexible, allowing items to be added, organised, stored, amended
and published to multiple platforms through a simple and
The front-end platforms chosen by our clients can then take
any form, including mobile apps, interactive websites, touch
table applications, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and
We know how important it is for organisations to control and
update their own content. The CMS system is extremely
user-friendly and can be managed and updated by staff in an
organisation, so there is no need to come back to us for content
In all, we aim to provide our clients with the highest-level
of resource in a time-and cost-effective manner.
- Mobile apps
- Large format and touch screens
- Other technologies
Read more about the platforms we work with
Our recent projects
The Library of Birmingham needed to engage a wide digital
audience with their extensive archive and heritage
collections. They also wanted to explore what retail and
commercial opportunities could be developed from the
View more case studies
How we work
Nymbol are specialists in our field and as such we’ve
developed some tried and tested methods of working. This is our
Discussion & collaboration
The most vital part of our process is to work in full
collaboration with our clients’ in-house team, including
curators, archivists, marketers, education and visitor
experience experts. We need to really understand the
vision and ambitions of the client organisation, the
kind of audiences they want to reach and the stories
behind the material in their collections and archives.
Our team of content specialists and developers will then
work with the organisation to create new ideas and
solutions for how to tell these stories digitally.
Workshop discussions allow us to gain a deeper
understanding of the organisation. We ask lots of
questions about the archive, the organisation’s visions
and its target audiences. Although no two developments
are the same, we also like to give the organisation a
chance to find out about Nymbol’s full range of
technologies and understand what’s possible from seeing
what others have achieved.
Design and content development
The design of any Nymbol project is guided by the
stories within an organisation, including their
collections and archives. We work with you to develop
content, funding new ways of making connections across
your archives and collections and uncovering items that
may never have been available to a digital audience.
Early work on content development informs the design and
ultimately technical build of the digital experience.
Iterative development and user feedback
Our development process is iterative – which means we
check back regularly with key stakeholders within the
organisation and more importantly the potential
audiences. This way we can gain feedback and test
audience reactions to inform the development, as we go.
If the idea we are developing is particularly new for
the organisation, we often produce a prototype before
moving forwards with development.
We also work alongside cultural and heritage
organisations to help secure grants and other funding
for their innovative digital projects – previous clients
have been awarded funding by the Technology Strategy
Board and Creative England, with our support.
If you have a budget but it needs topping up, we’d
be happy to discuss solutions.
Find out more about our process