Designing Beautiful, Functional, Human-Centered Exhibits
Exhibit Planning & Design
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
132 America's Center
Accessible design parameters such as ADA regulations and institutional practices can leave designers feeling constrained when charged with creating aesthetically appealing designs. Universal design isn't a one-size-fits-all guide: designers need to use strategies that can be tested and improved through prototyping. This approach often results in innovative design directions and end-user experiences that work better for everyone. Presenters discuss case studies with a range of design solutions, including hands-on, full-body, and screen-based interactives; engineering water table activities; tactile objects for aquariums and animal tanks; and mixed-media exhibition design.
Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media
- Hear about the design process from peers and both internal and third-party designers.
- Learn how human-centered design can appeal to broad audiences and create exhibits that provide rich experiences for everyone.
- Learn about designs from a wide variety of museum types and case studies showing process and solutions.
Jeff Kennedy Associates, Inc
Jeff Kennedy Associates specializes in the design of highly experiential informal learning environments. His 1990 book, "User Friendly: Hands-On Exhibits That Work," funded by IMLS and published by the ASTC, is considered a seminal publication on museum accessibility. From 2004-2009, Jeff was asked to serve on the board of the Visitor Studies Association, reflecting his firm's longtime commitment to evaluation in the design process.
Director Of Exhibit Design and Production
Museum of Science
Michael Horvath began as an Exhibit Designer at the Museum of Science in 1998. He manages all exhibit design functions at the Museum, including exhibit/3D, graphic. Mr. Horvath led the design and execution of the Science of Pixar, Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit, and the transformation of the Museum Lobby with the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River. He once threw the opening pitch at a Red Sox game in a Chewbacca costume!
Manager, Design & Production
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Rob manages the design and production department within the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. His responsibilities extend to exhibit, graphic, and interface design, information architecture, and audio and video production for exhibition, advertising, communication and corporate purposes across all media. He ensures alignment with the exhibition standards, organizational brand, and international standards in inclusive design and accessibility.