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Stories in Space: Kealia Pond National Wildlife

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Stories in Space: Design Strategies for Museum Interpretive Materials …

Stories in Space: Design Strategies for Museum Interpretive Materials
Effective organization and thoughtful design of text and other didactic materials can help keep visitors from feeling overwhelmed—or under informed—as they try to digest complex layers of information in the museum environment. Join our panelists as they present an overview of the challenges of three varied projects and share concrete examples of tactics used to shape content into engaging, accessible displays and effectively communicate stories in three-dimensional space. This presentation was given by Alan Ransenberg.

Moderator: Kitty Connolly, Botanical Interpretation Manager, Huntington Botanical Gardens, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Presenters: Ann Marshall, Principal, Annex Design Services
Alice Parman, Independent Interpretive Planner
Alan Ransenberg, Exhibition Designer, The Alchemy of Design
Nicole Trudeau, Owner, Squid Ink Design

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  • 1. Romance Precision Generalization Alfred North Whitehead
  • 2. Content Drives Design
  • 3. Kealia  Pond  Na,onal  Wildlife  Refuge  Visitor  Center  
  • 4. to Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge An Oasis for Hawai‘i’s Waterbirds Ke lia Coastal Boardwalk Ke lia Pond NO Public Access llc alchemy of design Hawaiian coot ea y ‘ lili ‘Auku‘u Hawaiian duck Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida’s Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to more than 150 million acres, 553 Na onal Wildlife Refuges and other units of the Refuge System, plus 37 wetland management districts. “T here can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” –President Theodore Roosevelt, 1912 Job # / 788 Date / 08/09/11 Version #4 Ke lia Pond Na onal Wildlife Refuge is part of the Na onal Wildlife Refuge System, the world’s premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants. © Mike Baird Quantity / 1 Panel: A4 Orientation Fonts / Calibri, Honest John, Bickham Script Pro Area: Interior Substrate: TBD Size: 96” x 48” © Dan & Lin Dzurisin Client / Kealia Pond NWR © Tom Nord A Chapter in the National Success Story PMS XXX Koloa maoli Black-crowned night heron SCALE Wandering ta ler PMS XXX Ae‘o Hawaiian black-necked s lt Ba PMS 578 ‘ala PMS 579 M Restrooms Parking PMS 541 Visitor Center PMS 467 Refuge Boundary 311 14% . FD A4 © Lon & Kathrina Yarbrough Additional Notes: ei Rd PMS 5747 Maui Na onal Wildlife Refuge Complex Headquarters and Ke lia Pond NWR Visitor Center Kih PMS 138 rth PMS 1685 No © Bob Lewis Brochure Rack Approximate size & placement alan@alchemyofdesign.com 503 256 9986 , llc ‘Alae ke‘oke‘o 310 Roads Pueo Shaded areas are very limited on the Refuge, so make sure you use sunscreen, wear sunglasses and a hat, and bring water with you. You Are Her e Ke lia Pond Na onal Wildlife Refuge Hawaiian short-eared owl Be sure to go down the road to the Kanuimanu Ponds and experience the birds in person! Binoculars will give you a wonderful close-up view. PRINTED K lea Pacific golden plover Expand your horizons—visit our self-guided 2,200-foot boardwalk on North K hei Road. ay lele Highw We ac vely manage wetland habitat and remove plants and animals that didn’t evolve here naturally, helping to maintain a healthy home for the endangered ae‘o and ‘alae ke‘oke‘o. In the process, we’re also providing a winter home for their ‘ohana, their extended family of at least thirty species of migra ng waterfowl and shorebirds. Kanuimanu Ponds Public Access Come inside the Visitor Center to learn more about the birds that make this unique coastal wetland their home. Moku Welcome to the wetland home of two na ve waterbirds—the Hawaiian coot, ‘alae ke‘oke‘o, and the Hawaiian black-necked s lt, ae‘o. These birds arrived in Hawai‘i long ago, and have adapted to the isola on of the Hawaiian island chain. They don’t migrate long distances like their shorebird rela ves; instead, they make short-distance flights to wetlands on other islands throughout the year. There’s a Lot to See and Do This proof is provided for your approval of layout, copy and illustration. As colors may vary depending on how you are viewing this proof (digital file or color laser print), all PMS call outs and critical colors will be matched in final production output. These drawings are the property of the designer. Use only by written permission. A W arm W elcome el come
  • 5. ‘Alae ke‘oke‘o Hawaiian Coot Yummy Creepy Crawlies Awkward but E ec ve. ‘Alae ke‘oke‘o “spla er” as they make a long, running takeo across the water’s surface to become airborne. Ae‘o are carnivores—they only eat the “meat” of ny invertebrates. Their long, thin bills are the perfect shape for probing in mud. You might also see ae‘o use its bill to skim for food right on the surface of the water. Ae‘o eat an occasional fish, but invertebrates are their favorite source of food. “Mommy, I’m Hungry!” During brooding me, the fuzzy orange-headed chicks follow their parents and hide in the vegeta on. The parents get food and take it to the chicks. House Hun ng. ‘Alae ke‘oke‘o search for just the right water condi ons, plants, and food resources as they choose a nes ng loca on. Kicking Compe tor Bu . Have you ever seen a bird kick-boxing? Watch an ‘alae ke‘oke‘o during breeding season! It leans back on its wings, then kicks at intruders trying to move in on its nes ng territory. These drawings are the property of the designer. Use only by written permission. FD C4a Client / Kealia Pond NWR Job # / 788 Date / 08/05/11 Version #3 Quantity / 1 Fonts / Calibri, Honest John, Panel: C4a Body Lang. Area: Interior Substrate: TBD Size: 27” x 35” SCALE PRINTED PMS 100 35% PMS 477 PMS XXX PMS XXX PMS 4665 PMS XXX PMS XXX PMS 1955 PMS XXX Additional Notes: This proof is provided for your approval of layout, copy and illustration. As colors may vary depending on how you are viewing this proof (digital file or color laser print), all PMS call outs and critical colors will be matched in final production output. alchemy of design llc alan@alchemyofdesign.com 503 256 9986