Skills for an ExhibitDesignerDeborah J. Sovinee,Independent MuseumProfessional Ability to visualize Sketch Know how to build things Ability to work with a team Knowledge of materials CAD drawing or drafting Ability to translate abstract concepts into physical reality Presentation of ideas
Stay Current!Read Trade magazinesKeep current on latest technologyGo to conferences, check out these organizations:ASTC Assoc. of Science-Technology Centers),AAM (American Assoc. of Museums),NEMA (New England Museum Assoc.).SIGGRAPH - Int’l Conference and Exhibition onComputer Graphics & Interactive TechniquesSEGD (Society for Environmental Graphic Design),USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council)Think Sustainable design
Project TeamMembersProject ManagerExhibit DesignerContent DeveloperGraphic DesignerTechnical DesignerEducation LiasonShop RepMaintenance RepSometimes:Accessibility ConsultantScientific ExpertReps from other areas:Visitor services, security, conservator, marketing
The VisitorExperienceExhibit designersprotect the exhibits butalso create a positiveexperience for ALL
UniversalDesign:definitionsUNIVERSAL DESIGNMEANS SIMPLYDESIGNING ALLPRODUCTS, BUILDINGS,SPACES, ANDEDUCATIONAL ELEMENTSTO BE USABLE BYALLPEOPLE TO THEGREATEST POSSIBLEEXTENT.
Universal Design in Museums: Hear, touch, smell,taste, see
As much as possible is accessible, touchable, andtherefore better for everyone
Content developer Goes berserkHow much information is too much?
OBSERVATION SHEET FOR MAPPING THE COAST (BEAD CHAIN LOOP) Date: Time of day: Time spent: Visitor Information: #M___ Ages ___ / #F ____ Ages ______ Group type: Kids only Ì cx vts Ì qw q 3 rhq txË ` fÌ ÌPrototyping Fb q Ì gtt txË f Ì Bw Ì gd XXXXXXX Bavd `wt 6 tÌ w Ìy h s se r` h ts 1t w y v t v… gd h hwÌ v b t r pdw e `Ë g Ì Look a the labe t l rVisitor Observation Read the labe out loud l r Look a island through view slot? t r Playedwith beadchain? r Started making a map? r Make it all the way around? r Look a the island from the top: t - before trying to draw it? - after trying to draw it? r Press button to stop motion? r Talk abou the a t ctivity What they say…
Sketches, storyboards, materialsvarious projects and proposals
Exhibit DesignIndependent vs. In-houseKnowledge of business vs. knowledge of only museumsClient and visitor vs. just visitorHigher pay and less job security vs. lower pay and morejob securityRegarded as expert vs. as staffOut of pocket expenses high (conferences, etc.) vs. perkof the jobHarder to access expertise vs. in-house expertsGreater independence and control vs. less say inprojects, etc.Time is flexible but 24/7 vs. mostly set hours