Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Project 6 Mauk Design Victoria Gouzikovski

Above: Examples of simple, yet effective exhibits from Mauk Design
(taken from )

The field trip to Mauk Design helped inspire and get me more excited about creating our own design. Understanding what an actual exhibit design firm goes through to put up a display is important at this stage because we are about to to do the same thing. I thought it was very interesting how all their exhibits looked so different, as if separate firms designed them; he mentioned that he once received a compliment about how you can tell that their exhibits are from Mauk Design not because they look he same, but because of the clarity of the message. I think exhibit design is a form of communication and having a very thoughtful and clear design is crucial to having get the message across.

When the tile exhibit was mentioned, I realized that I like the idea of directing the experience of the viewer. I know that it is not good to “force” an exhibit goer to do anything, but simply leading someone though is a good way to make sure that everyone gets the full experience. Even bubble diagrams are designed to look at the waking patterns in stores, museums, and exhibitions. I think that having a hierarchy of things that you want to exhibit, leading up to pieces that are meant to be seen last might be a interesting idea. In the tile exhibit, it was made sure that each visitor would notice every tile, at the very least. Another benefit of that exhibit is just that it looks so simple but so interesting. Using a simple but thoughtful system for our exhibit might be the way to go, too!

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