Category Exhibit Design

Spectacular Spaces Made of Glowing String

I’m constantly curious about innovation in the design of experiences, and that inevitably causes my head to turn when someone unveils promising new technologies. But lately I have been more compelled by new thinking that doesn’t require gadgetry to make me look twice. We’ve seen galleries made of pure color, an exhibit that uses your sense of smell instead of one you’d expect, and other surprises. The latest in this hopefully growing trend for me is the work of Korean-German artist Jeongmoon Choi, who creates magical spaces with nothing but some string and UV lights. Note to self: don’t wait for the next electronics product announcement to conceive something fresh.

Originally spotted at Creator’s Project.

World’s First Affordable Multitouch Table Surface?

Behold the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon, a new “table PC” all-in-one steathily introduced at CES (so much so that I missed it completely until just now). The name isn’t much better than “Microsoft PixelSense”, but the pricetag ($1,699) might help it break through where said famously unsuccessful and overpriced ($10,000) multitouch ancestor couldn’t. Size-wise, it’s a lot more portable than some monsters out there, and the design looks pretty appealing in the demo videos. Fingers crossed that this is the one that makes multitouch tables – er, table PCs – more feasible for the masses.

Via Engadget.

Interactive Exhibit Galleries of Pure Color

When Carlos Cruz-Diez began, it wasn’t called “installation art”, but rather the Kinetic Movement. He has been hard at work on his “Chromosaturation” series ever since, with two shows currently in Paris and Mexico. Using only very simply filtered flourescent lights, he changes the entire feeling of a space. Even the color of the visitors themselves changes, as they interact by moving through the zones of red, green and blue.

From designboom:

The chromatic spaces act as detonators to alter the perception of its audience – modifying skin color, clothing and objects – shocking viewers’ retinas from the changing visual saturation as they move from booth to booth. Cruz-Diez experiments with the spectator’s quotidian experience of color, disrupting the way light is processed by the human eye – creating an aesthetic universe that submerges the observer in the artist’s autonomous reality of color, time and space.

Via designboom and others.

“Play Work Build” at NBM

The National Building Museum has launched an an interactive exhibit on the history of building blocks. From the Co.Design article:

This month in Washington D.C., the National Building Museum is staging an exhibition devoted in part to [architect David Rockwell’s] Imagination Playground. Installed in the museum’s wide galleries, Play Work Build chronicles the history of active play in the most appropriate way possible: by asking visitors to actually play the games. A massive series of shelves offers more than 2,300 architectural and construction games, from Froebel Blocks to Tinker Toys. Some of the building games date back to the 1870s.

Echoes of the Past: Digital Cave

Now showing at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, “Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan” includes a “digital cave”:

Weaving together archival photographs and current imaging technology, the Digital Cave serves as a virtual reconstruction of the South Cave at Northern Xiangtangshan. This immersive installation allows viewers to experience the site and see sculptures that have been removed from the cave restored within their original setting. The configuration and scale of the three screens are based on the architecture of the South Cave, the latest of the three cave temples of the northern group and one that contains inscriptions dated to 568–572. The South Cave features an open cubical chamber, about ten feet wide by nine feet deep, with curving recesses on the back and side walls that house symmetrical groupings of deities.

Learn more at:
http://isaw.nyu.edu/exhibitions/echoes/Digital%20Cave
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2012-11/15/content_15930881.htm

Via James Hicks.

The Chilean Pavilion

The Venice Architecture Biennale closed this weekend, shuttering a few remarkable pavilions. The Chilean Pavilion sticks in my mind in particular, largely thanks to this video of it by director Christobal Palma.

Via Dezeen.

Art of Scent

Does all innovation in exhibition design have to be purely technology-driven? That’s what I was asking myself just this morning. And right on time, along comes a Times review of “The Art of Scent 1889-2012,” the new exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design, changing the primary sense used by exhibit visitors from visual to olfactory. And demonstrating that innovation can come in many flavors. Or smells.

UPDATE, 27 Nov 2012: More now in (Fast)Co.Design.

Zimoun’s Tower of Sound

Everyone’s favorite sound installation artist, Zimoun, is back with a new installation at the Museu da Imagem e do Som in São Paulo. See more videos from Studio Zimoun here. And here is his latest highlights reel, for good measure:

Effective Exhibit Design: Ten Tips

Anyone who has designed both cultural exhibits and expo booths knows that although both are called “exhibits,” they can be as different as they are alike.

And that’s why I like this graphic, just published in Exhibitor Magazine: not only do I agree with all of these insights, but with a few small word changes, they would all apply to both kinds of “exhibits.”

MoMA’s In-House Design Team: The Website

I never thought to look for the online portfolio of MoMA’s in-house design team until I stumbled on it somehow through Quora’s exhibit design topic. Worth a loooong visit!

The Gorgeous Obsession of “Reading Forms” Continues

Fan of graphic design? Fan of exhibit design? Have I got the blog for you. Reading Forms, a tumblr of images of graphic design exhibitions by Yotam Hadar, continues its year-long gorgeous obsession. Here’s to another year, Yotam.

Previously noted here.

Exhibition in a Box

The Best of Dutch Book Design – Exhibition in a Box from Piek Pictures on Vimeo.

It’s not every day that someone tweets me a stop-motion traveling exhibit assembly video from Holland. I’m not exactly sure what happens with all the holes and slots in the final product, but the video sure is fun to watch.

Core77 Design Awards 2012 Interiors & Exhibitions Jury Announcement

Um, an exhibit design award jury with no exhibit designers? Core77 Design Awards 2012 COUNTDOWN: Interiors & Exhibitions Jury Announcement! – Core77.

Stonehenge Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall

No, it’s not over the stones, it’s nearby. (I had the same question.)

Via Dezeen.

Exhibit Design Bookshelf

A while back I created an exhibit design bookshelf on Shelfari (with the help of then-intern-now-designer Jess Griscti). For years I have collected books on exhibit design, museum planning and interactive space. I have the actual physical bookshelf, with all the actual books, in my office, so I don’t look at the virtual one that often. It’s worth a look. It still needs some categorizing and blurbs, but I haven’t seen anything like it anywhere else.