Kristina Rudolph | Under the management of the exhibit director
Duration | January 2015 – April 2018
Software | Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Role | Graphics and exhibit design
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is a 501(c)(3). My “black and white” role as an exhibit technician was to service, repair, clean, and update the 250+ museum exhibits from day-to-day. I went above and beyond…
Older exhibits looked tired and eclectic for their spaces. There was no unified design or spacial flow to the eclectic exhibits within each room.
- Clean, paint, refresh, and redesign exhibits and their bases for a clean updated look
- Update lighting and electrical to create a clean and refreshed look that contributes to more energy-efficient exhibits
- Design a set of graphic labels for each exhibit in order to unify the eclectic spaces and provide further options for increased engagement
I was given the green-light, from the museum director, to update all exhibits and graphics on the first and second museum floors after he saw the incorporation of the new graphics and cleaner exhibits.
Working with the exhibit director, we created a cohesive set of scientific-themed backgrounds based on visual representations.
The new graphic exhibit labels were created to be colorful with easy-to-read text and easy-to-navigate visuals to guide them.
- Icons, which resembled apps, were added to help guide users through their discovery process
- A numbering system let users of all ages follow suggested steps
- A color-coded system of bars offered suggestions on engagement with the exhibit before and after viewing the label
- Each label had a background representing a scientific-based theme (waves, digital, reflection/refraction, magnetism, and motion)
- The content was simplified, shortened, and reorganized for easy readability
- When able, hand or “in-use” drawings provided clues on how one could engage with the exhibit
Below images display the graphic series concepts and the final before/after layouts.
Below are some examples of the 50+ exhibits that were refaced with two floors of the museum.
Stationary “UI” layouts show potential ways that users can interact with the tactile hands-on exhibits. Exhibit labels include drawings showing mechanical details or in-use drawings with cartoon hands.