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Ecsite Pre-Conference 2011: Exhibition Labels Workshop

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Workshop Abstract by Sally Duensing: Who reads exhibit labels? How do labels affect the exhibit experience? Join this two-day course to learn about a variety of approaches like visitor generated …

Workshop Abstract by Sally Duensing: Who reads exhibit labels? How do labels affect the exhibit experience? Join this two-day course to learn about a variety of approaches like visitor generated labels, using new technology to present content and multiple language accessibility.


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    • 1. Labels Workshop Ecsite Conference 2011Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw May 24th Orange Room
    • 2. What you loved & hatedSome key ideas from this morning
    • 3. What you hate• Illegible (x8)• Too long, complicated (x8)• Technical vocabulary, equations, words in foreign languages (x4)• Assumption that visitors don’t read labels (x1)
    • 4. What you love• Short, brevity (x8) • Conceptual organization – chunking• Simple, precise (x8) • Readability (for ex. number of syllables or lexical words per clause)• Graphics (x5) • Graphic style, visual communication• Humor (x2) • Interaction: role, style & stance
    • 5. Text Panel Strategies• Elicits conversations between visitors (x1)• Layering information (x1) • Pointers & Signals – headings & topic sentences• Practical information that relates to you (x1) • Representation (content-wise)• No label (x2)* Photos from Newarke Houses Museum, Leicester UK
    • 6. Alternative Labels• The Ekharv Model• Infographics• Digital Labels• No Labels
    • 7. EkharvModel
    • 8. Info-graphics
    • 9. Exhibitionswithoutlabels
    • 10. Group Activity• Identify an evaluative criteria • Who is the label for? What function does it serve?• Write new text panel – use appropriate techniques according to evaluative criteria • Techniques include infographics, asking questions etc.• Identify appropriate evaluative methods • Observation • Exit Interviews etc.