From 2D to 3D: Storytelling in higher Dimensions

Ralph Wiedemeier - Smithsonian Institution / Frame Factory GmbH (USA / Switzerland)

Presentation type: Presentation


The Smithsonian's new Voyager 3D tool suite for the first time makes 3D authoring and storytelling on the web a breeze. All of the tools are free and open source, while supporting many existing standards such as IIIF, glTF, and X3D. Start creating your own experiences today!

This talk provides an overview of the Smithsonian's new 3D pipeline, with a focus on authoring interactive experiences for the web, and why open standards such as IIIF 2D/3D are an important cornerstone for sharing stories online.

About the presenter:

Ralph Wiedemeier is a digital artist and 3D software architect. After receiving his degree in computer science from ETH Zurich, he worked in research and development for Pixar and Autodesk. With his own design and software studio, Frame Factory GmbH, he has more than 15 years of experience creating award-winning computer animation and interactive experiences for a wide range of international clients.

Ralph developed the first version of the Smithsonian 3D viewer on behalf of Autodesk. Now he is the architect of the new Voyager 3D tool suite for Smithsonian which is freely available for everyone.


  • IIIF communities (3D, archives, museums, manuscripts, newspapers, etc.)


  • 3D,
  • storytelling,
  • web,
  • viewer,
  • authoring