Margaret Middleton

                                             Bill Nye’s Climate Lab
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Margaret Middleton

                                                geometry playground prototype
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Margaret Middleton

                                            underland: sketch to finish
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Margaret Middleton

                                                kidworks
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Margaret Middleton

                                            PCM renovation/play power
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Margaret Middleton

                                            conservation cabin
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Margaret Middleton

                                             anteater cantina
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Margaret Middleton

                                            waterways signage
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Margaret Middleton

                                            milking goat
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Margaret Middleton

                                             too small to see
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Exhibit Portfolio

  1. 1. Margaret Middleton Bill Nye’s Climate Lab 315.406.2850 margaret.k.middleton@gmail margaretmiddleton.com I created the illustrations, diagrams and maps, for Bill Nye’s Climate Lab is a solutions-focused Chabot Space and Science science exhibit about climate change for Chabot Center’s exhibit Bill Nye’s Climate Lab. Space and Science Center of Oakland, California Most of the illustrations are digital. The design team chose the content and message for their image requests and we used a collaborative editing process to ensure that each diagram was accurate and conveyed the desired meaning. The exhibit is set to open in November 2010. Communication and power Steps of oil and natural gas formation flow within a “Smart Grid” Jet streams, wrapping around the globe Green home construction Mock-up of interactive showing the greenhouse effect
  2. 2. Margaret Middleton geometry playground prototype 315.406.2850 margaret.k.middleton@gmail margaretmiddleton.com This prototype was developed for Geometry Playground as an Geometry Playground is a example of “forced traveling exhibit by the perspective”- the image is Exploratorium of San Francisco painted across many surfaces at an extreme angle so visitors must position themselves just so in order to make sense of the image. Find the right vantage point and the image magically comes together.... I created a variety of graphics using the exhibit’s graphic standards for font and palette. The graphics we chose to use in the prototype were the word “Look” and a geometric bird. I projected my images onto a series of plywood pieces that had been assembled for me and I painted the images directly onto the wood with latex paint. A version of “Look” appears in the final exhibit. ...from any other angle • • the image falls apart • • My original digital graphic Projecting “Look” “Look” finished
  3. 3. Margaret Middleton underland: sketch to finish 315.406.2850 margaret.k.middleton@gmail margaretmiddleton.com I worked on a team of exhibit developers to design a look and feel for the space of the exhibit and synthesized those ideas in my scale model and detailed sketches. Scale model My model and sketches were then used to propose and promote the exhibit Underland is an outdoor exhibit that gives visitors the and generate funding. The entrance to Underland feeling of being underground. It was designed for the Providence Children’s Museum of Rhode Island. Additionally, I designed costumes representing six different local burrowing animals including a chipmunk, a cicada, and a painted turtle. Since the exhibit is outdoors, I chose rugged fabrics that were easy to wash and would hold up to New England weather. Interior rooms with musical instruments and underground kitchen Root chandeliers Salamander and turtle play the xylophone Sandbox with Mastodon bones to dig up “Loose parts”- scattered natural items to inspire play
  4. 4. Margaret Middleton kidworks 315.406.2850 margaret.k.middleton@gmail margaretmiddleton.com During my time as an exhibits intern at the Metropolitan KidWorks is a special part of WaterWorks Museum in the Metropolitan WaterWorks Boston MA, I conceived of Museum dedicated to their and drew up a funding proposal for a space youngest visitors. dedicated to the museum’s youngest visitors. Out of the way, yet still in view, KidWorks provides a safe place for children under 5 to learn through play, and let their older siblings and parents enjoy a longer visit in the rest of the museum. KidWorks would also make a great meeting place for local parents and their preschoolers. The museum is set to open in October 2010 and whether it will include the KidWorks space is dependent on funding. Why a space for children? EnterTRAINment Junction, Cincinnati OH Austin Children’s Museum, Austin TX • wider audience • longer visits • more repeat visits 141 ft2 • building community Canal Museum, Easton PA Titanic Museum, Branson MO Selections from the KidWorks proposal presentation
  5. 5. Margaret Middleton PCM renovation/play power 315.406.2850 margaret.k.middleton@gmail margaretmiddleton.com I was in charge of the painting operation for our ambitious two-month renovation. My job involved organizing paint, creating a project calendar, managing volunteers, keeping the operation on schedule, and of course, lots of painting. The Providence Children’s Museum underwent a massive renovation, including the installation of a new exhibit called Play Power. After we painted the walls, we were ready to install Play Power. As part of the exhibit team, I helped plan Exhibit components inspire creative problem-solving, exhibit components that imaginative and dramatic play, and experimentation would support our message that play is a valuable and The exhibit team chose inspirational important part of a child’s quotations for the walls of Play Power development. Our process from left to right: sanding, cleaning, painting, and touch-up Post-its reminded volunteers what colors to use
  6. 6. Margaret Middleton conservation cabin 315.406.2850 margaret.k.middleton@gmail margaretmiddleton.com The goal of this renovation project was to transform The Conservation Cabin what was built as a temporary turtle exhibit, invites visitors to explore into Conservation Cabin, a reptile habitats from reptile house with a focus around the world at the on habitats. Roger Williams Park Zoo of I wrote a proposal and Rhode Island. devised a budget for the renovation. I worked with a carpenter and together we added the porch, fixed the roof, installed the cedar shingling and false windows, and painted the before trim. after Shingles in progress Priming the window boxes My hand-carved sign above the entrance
  7. 7. Margaret Middleton anteater cantina 315.406.2850 margaret.k.middleton@gmail margaretmiddleton.com I designed the look of the Anteater Cantina, styled after a Latin American diner, chose the decorations, and painted it with faux finishes to look like stucco, terra cotta tile, stone, and kitchen tile. The posters inside, the sign on the door, and the short order window in the back are painted directly on the wall. Even the panels on the door are trompe l’oeil illusions. The Anteater Cantina is a docent station at Roger Williams Park Zoo of Rhode Island, designed to complement the exhibit, Tropical America. Original proposal sketch Painted “advertisement” on building exterior Detail of “Sloth Brand Decaf” label design
  8. 8. Margaret Middleton waterways signage 315.406.2850 margaret.k.middleton@gmail margaretmiddleton.com I created digital graphics in Adobe Illustrator for these five signs. The imagery in each sign is specific to its message and location and the colors were chosen to complement the exhibit’s color scheme. The designs were printed on Sintra and I suspended them from monofilament above the water tanks. The signage in Waterways at the Providence Children’s Museum of Rhode Island is designed to inspire a child’s exploration of water. The designs for the five signs I created:
  9. 9. Margaret Middleton milking goat 315.406.2850 margaret.k.middleton@gmail margaretmiddleton.com I constructed the milking goat from 2x4’s and plywood. The interior reservoir is made from watertight PVC so it can be filled from the top and children can then “milk” from the goat through rubber “udders”. I designed the goat to match The milking goat gives existing cow versions and children a hands-on painted it to resemble one of experience at the the zoo’s LaMancha dairy goats. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park of Syracuse, New York. Detail of paint job Wood framework Interior reservoir, full of water Milking a goat is fun!
  10. 10. Margaret Middleton too small to see 315.406.2850 margaret.k.middleton@gmail margaretmiddleton.com This exhibit was a collaboration between Small particles Smaller particles Nano particles Cornell’s Main Street Science and Ithaca’s Painted Universe, in conjunction with the Ithaca Sciencenter through a grant from NSF. 1 nanometer In preparation for the exhibit, I conducted research on a smell molecule techniques for helping Smell molecules are even smaller children visualize atoms. I was also involved in some of than dust particles. the early interpretive work, Sniff the air as well as illustrations for a children’s book, and the above the tube. creation of the character, You can smell the Quark the Science Dog, a scent, but you can’t bull terrier with a flair for see anything. chemistry. Smell molecules are too small to see but they’re not too small to smell. Too Small to See is a traveling children’s museum exhibit about atoms and nanotechnology, developed at Cornell University of Ithaca, New York. Do YOU Nanooze? It’s the only place online to nd ME. Come visit! Your puppies- I mean kids- will love it! Quark the Science Dog, PhD Official Spokes-terrier for Main Street Science Initial concept page Sample page from the book dummy Final illustration proposal Promotion featuring Quark the Science Dog

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