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 labels, using new technology to present content and multiple language accessibility.

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  • Ecsite Pre-Conference 2011: Exhibition Labels Workshop

    1. 1. Labels Workshop Ecsite Conference 2011Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw May 24th Orange Room
    2. 2. What you loved & hatedSome key ideas from this morning
    3. 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. 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. 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. 6. Alternative Labels• The Ekharv Model• Infographics• Digital Labels• No Labels
    7. 7. EkharvModel
    8. 8. Info-graphics
    9. 9. Exhibitionswithoutlabels
    10. 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.

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