Looking at Exhibition Design

CONTENT – WHAT IS IN THIS EXHIBIT? WHAT CAN YOU LEARN? Have a general look through the exhibit: o o o o Is there a sequence for viewing this exhibit or can you start & finish anywhere? What did you notice that worked well? What do you think didn’t work? Make initial idea notes of something you found interesting, then make a more detailed drawing to communicate the idea to someone else. Try using diagrams, written phrases or cartoons.

Choose one section of the exhibit for a closer look: o o What is the message being communicated? How do the objects help communicate the message? What object would you like to add? What is there most of – objects, labels or images? Are the objects real or reproductions/models? How are different age levels included/excluded? What about people with disabilities?

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poems. text books) Who/where from? How are labels physically made? (handwritten/computer/photographic etc) On what media? o o Queensland Museum Page 2 of 3 . too little or just right and why? o Can you see other ways of presenting facts apart from text. audio narration or illustrations? o What aspects did you notice that worked well? o What do you think didn’t work? o If you had to think up a new title for this exhibition what would you call it? Choose one section of the exhibit for a closer look: o Are labels used on every object. body text. literature. footnote) o Do labels include illustrations. or on object groups and whole displays? o Where are labels placed in relation to the objects? o How many levels of text are there? (eg title.LABELLING – HOW IS INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS EXHIBIT? Have a general look through the exhibit: o Look at the amount of text. subheading. eg. Do you think it is too much. photos. graphics? Are these within the label or are they next to it? Are there quotes? (eg.

white or coloured? Why might this have been done? How have the designers used space? Does it feel open or crowded? Is there a main pathway through the exhibition or are there several pathways? Choose one section of the exhibit for a closer look: o o o Are sound and lighting used to create atmosphere? Write some of your own words that describe the atmosphere in here. with photo background. on a plain shelf) How have objects’ environments been recreated? realistically semi-realistically not at all o o o o o o o How does this exhibit make you feel? Was the lighting strong or weak. On sand or grass. plinths. suspended). wall. Look at how objects are mounted (on floor. in diorama. geometric/organic. closed/open) Might there have been a reason for this? What could it have been? Are objects presented in or out of context (eg.STYLE – HOW HAVE THE DESIGNERS CHOSEN TO PRESENT THIS EXHIBIT? Have a general look through an exhibit: o How have the designers used colour? How does it relate to the objects and the theme? Would you have chosen different colours? What are they and why? What shapes have been used? (curves/angles. How are different levels used to communicate style and meaning? What did you notice that worked well? What do you think didn’t work? o o Queensland Museum Page 3 of 3 .

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