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

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

Kiss the Flea.

Who says that only children have fun in Science Centers? (image source)

Kiss the flea

Innovative sun shade for screens

Having trouble with sun making your screen application hard to read? Try this! Seen in a pavillion of the exhibition “Entdeckungen 2011” on the island Mainau. Great idea! (image source)