What visitors do - increase your imagination!

The Golden Rules of Exhibit Design and Development – Part II

Besides the important things, that should be kept in mind, when building exhibits, the visitor  himheslf is a not to be underestimated factor during the design and development process. Whe I was working as a Creative Director at volke presentation in Wolfbsurg, I already had a lot of expereince in designing interactive exhibits, but very soon one of my most vaulable collegues become the one, that was doing the service during a trade fair show – in that case mostly international high level Autoshows.  Read More about the Golden Rules… 

The Golden Rules II - What visitors do.

My Top 10 Interactive Exhibits @ Welios

The Welios in Wels is a Science Center with a special theme: “Sustainabilty” or better said “Energy” and it’s minimalization of use. Actually a good idea, but unfortunately it still lacks in visitor numbers almost one year after its opening in April 2011. I couldn’t really find out what the reason is, but I will tell you my opinion about this Science Center.  Read More… 

Welios in Wels, Austria - Top 10 Interactive Exhibits

The Golden Rules of Building Interactive Exhibits

What Exhibit Builders do – Part 1

Often read, repeated to designers like using prayer wheels and still as often ignored and being punished for it by the visitors: the “Golden Rules” are my favorite advice and I quote them often – very often.  To all my collegues that I am training in design and development of interactive exhibits, to clients, to myself. We can’t internalize it deep enough: visitors are humans like you and me. Watch yourself carefully and you can avoid a lot of mistakes and upfollowing disappointments, when designing interactive exhibits. Working with experienced exhibit builders helps a lot to avoid double work from the beginning. Of course nobody is born with that knowldege, but it really helps a lot to take the following rules for serious.  Learn about the Golden Rules Part 1… 

The Golden Rules - What Exhibit Builders do

My Top 10 Interactive Exhibits @ Mathematikum

The Mathematikum in Giessen opened its doors in 2002 and could in my opinion also be called a  topic focused Science Center. But a very special one! I have to admit, I never was the huge fan of mathematics, even though I really love structures and the analysis of things. But a whole museum about maths? Even though its interactive… it wasn’t necessarily on my Top 10 to visit list in Germany.  Read More… 

Mathematikum in Giessen / Germany

Robobee come dance with me.

Honey bees share their information about food sources through the waggle dance. This type of communication has long been known. But experts were still puzzled about how exactly they the details of the informations were communicated with their dance. Now biologists and computer scientists at the “Free University Berlin” have developed a robotic bee that helps decoding this dancing steps.

This fascinating project is part of the DFG exhbition “Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis”, which is currently traveling through Germany. Design, development of interactive exhibits and production was realized by my business unit “Interactive Exhibits” at Triad Berlin. Details about location and opening hours can be found on the DFG website(image source)

"Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis" > Robobee

Every project that is introduced at the exhibition consist of the same constitutive parts: the individual color code of the project, the significant teaser image, an intriguing intro question, the wall with detailed information about the project at its inner side and the so called laboratory. Here the visitors can slip into the role of the researcher for a moment and experiment on their own. Therefore each project has an especially developed hands on station with a simple interactive exhibit. Some of them are digital due to the wish of the researchers and the character of his project, but we tried to make as many as possible to be more analog and a bit playful. That ensures that even the most complex research projects attract more visitors then on the first sight would be interested in the topic.

"Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis" > Robobee

A so called researchers file card is introducing the responsible researcher and his team. It also provides interesting background information by displaying the answers to 5 questions each of the responsible project managers has been asked.

"Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis" > Robobee

On the right you can see the bee with a transponder on its back. During flight she is  tracked by a radar and the information will later be transferred to the software. The Robobee imitates the waggle dance of other bees and the researchers control by radar if the bees are following the instructions to find the right food source.

My Top 10 Interactive Exhibits @ Technorama

The Technorama in Switzerland is sometimes called the “European Exploratorium”, because it is following its archetype in San Francisco in many ways.

I personally like this kind of Science Center very much. It is very straight, focused on the phenomena based exhibits, set up in a black box and doesn’t need any scenography for that reason. Even though I appreciate scenography in other cases, where it is adding value to the experience and content without being pushy. Read More… 

Technorama in Winterthur

Colour up the German Parliament!

Finally open: our new exhibition “Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis” about 10 outstanding research projects supported by the DFG. Check out the website for appointments  Deutscher Bundestag(image source)

DFG Ausstellung "Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis" im Paul Löbe Haus

DFG Ausstellung “Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis”  im Paul Löbe Haus

http://webtv.bundestag.de/iptv/swf/xflv/showIt3.swf