National History Day    Exhibit Design Brenda McLain Arizona Capitol Museum Museum Curator [email_address]
<ul><li>NHD Specs </li></ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Layout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Color palette </li></ul...
NHD Specs <ul><li>Display Size </li></ul><ul><li>30” deep  </li></ul><ul><li>40” wide </li></ul><ul><li>6’ high </li></ul>...
What To Do – What Not To Do <ul><li>Tell a Story </li></ul><ul><li>Edit for content </li></ul><ul><li>Use visual aids (pho...
Design Ideas –  Beyond the 3 panel board <ul><li>3 Dimensional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use shape / design to help tell your ...
Engage Your Viewer <ul><li>Give your display depth  </li></ul><ul><li>(e.g. have a door that opens) </li></ul><ul><li>Crea...
<ul><li>Use graphics & photographs judiciously </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not everything you find has to be used </li></ul></ul...
Use Color <ul><li>Color can enhance your story </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a color palette and stick with it. </li></ul><ul><...
Example from -  www.wellstyled.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en.html
Text / Labels <ul><li>Keep it simple  </li></ul><ul><li>Fonts and sizes are critical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t use a fus...
http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/images/uploads/leveloftext.pdf
Artifacts / Media <ul><li>Design your display so 3-D items don’t block the exhibit text or graphics.  </li></ul><ul><li>Do...
Items are covering labels What is the significance of this?
Edit, Edit, Edit
Supplies <ul><li>Velcro & Double-sided Tape vs. Glue </li></ul><ul><li>Lightweight alternatives to Plywood </li></ul><ul><...
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  1. 1. National History Day  Exhibit Design Brenda McLain Arizona Capitol Museum Museum Curator [email_address]
  2. 2. <ul><li>NHD Specs </li></ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Layout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Color palette </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Font / size </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Artifact / Media </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supplies </li></ul>
  3. 3. NHD Specs <ul><li>Display Size </li></ul><ul><li>30” deep </li></ul><ul><li>40” wide </li></ul><ul><li>6’ high </li></ul><ul><li>30” diameter </li></ul><ul><li>Text </li></ul><ul><li>500 student written word limit </li></ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul><ul><li>3 minutes max, original student material included in word limit </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/Exhibit.htm </li></ul><ul><li>How to Create a Historical Exhibit – NHD publ. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What To Do – What Not To Do <ul><li>Tell a Story </li></ul><ul><li>Edit for content </li></ul><ul><li>Use visual aids (photos, documents & artifacts where appropriate) </li></ul><ul><li>Create an adjustable display. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you update, fix or change it as you advance in the competition? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overload it with text </li></ul><ul><li>Overuse quotes </li></ul><ul><li>Block content with 3-D items </li></ul><ul><li>Clutter the exhibit or table </li></ul><ul><li>Make it too heavy to transport or too complicated to put together </li></ul>Do Don’t
  5. 5. Design Ideas – Beyond the 3 panel board <ul><li>3 Dimensional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use shape / design to help tell your story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interact with your viewer (Hands-on) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create depth & dimension </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3 Panel Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stack to add height </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find a way to add depth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create 3-D effect by stacking graphics & photos </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have opening to reveal something else. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Engage Your Viewer <ul><li>Give your display depth </li></ul><ul><li>(e.g. have a door that opens) </li></ul><ul><li>Create more display area (360  turn) </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Use graphics & photographs judiciously </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not everything you find has to be used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place borders around text & images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a straight edge to trim </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporate one if possible, it can help lead the storyline </li></ul></ul>Good Use of images, timeline and 3-D items Overwhelming use of graphics Cut straight lines
  8. 8. Use Color <ul><li>Color can enhance your story </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a color palette and stick with it. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check out the web to find complimentary / contrasting colors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.wellstyled.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-schemes.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.worqx.com/color/color_wheel.htm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t overdue it, choose wisely </li></ul>
  9. 9. Example from - www.wellstyled.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en.html
  10. 10. Text / Labels <ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul><ul><li>Fonts and sizes are critical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t use a fussy, overcomplicated font type </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People need to be able to read your text </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum standard - 14 point font size for smallest text labels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Credit lines can have a smaller point size </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limit label lengths – be brutal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People get bored easily and won’t read a long label </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.museums.state.ak.us/Bulletin/labels3.html </li></ul>
  11. 11. http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/images/uploads/leveloftext.pdf
  12. 12. Artifacts / Media <ul><li>Design your display so 3-D items don’t block the exhibit text or graphics. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t place items so they look like an afterthought or are haphazardly placed. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure whatever you use helps interpret your story. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Items are covering labels What is the significance of this?
  14. 14. Edit, Edit, Edit
  15. 15. Supplies <ul><li>Velcro & Double-sided Tape vs. Glue </li></ul><ul><li>Lightweight alternatives to Plywood </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PVC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MDF (medium density fiberboard) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foamcore </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gatorboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acrylic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corrugated Board </li></ul></ul>

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