Not “One Size”: Designing Interactives for S, M, or L Museums

Track
Exhibit Planning & Design
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
130 America's Center
Description
When it comes to developing and maintaining interactive exhibits, your museum's annual attendance and operating budget are very real constraints. Veteran exhibit professionals will lead a workshop and sharing session about the realities of effectiveness, durability, and safety at different scales. A fun activity will help participants anticipate potential pitfalls, problem-solve based on others' experiences, and learn how to adapt interactive techniques for their institutions.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

Learner Outcome
  1. Assess how various factors-attendance, audience, budget, materials/finishes-can affect the effectiveness and longevity of interactive components.
  2. Hear about real-life challenges and solutions from your peers in similar-sized museums.
  3. Learn strategies for making changes to previously "problem" interactives to make them more successful in your museum.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Daniel Spock
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director, MN History Center Museum
Organization: 
Minnesota Historical Society
Bio
Dan has worked in museums for over 30 years; 19 as the leader of the MNHS museum program. His team's award-winning exhibitions exemplify a commitment to participation, pluralism, and careful visitor research, ranging from interactive, multidisciplinary, high immersion, and media-rich approaches for a general family audience, to community-based collaborations, site-specific interpretive centers, and more traditional art or photography shows.
Presenter: 
Lath Carlson
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
Living Computers Museum + Labs
Bio
Lath Carlson is the first E.D. of a new hands-on computer museum featuring current technology as well as the world's largest collection of operating vintage computers. Since 1991 he has brought exceptional experiences to over 50 million visitors at U.S. museums including The Tech Museum of Innovation, the Please Touch Museum, the Franklin Institute Science Museum, and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.
Presenter: 
Michael Horvath
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director Of Exhibit Design and Production
Organization: 
Museum of Science
Bio
Michael Horvath began as an Exhibit Designer at the Museum of Science in 1998. He now manages all exhibit design functions at the Museum, which hosts 1.3 millions visitors a year. 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. He once threw the opening pitch at a Red Sox game in a Chewbacca costume!
Presenter: 
Penny Jennings
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Associate Director for Experience Development
Organization: 
Oakland Museum of California
Bio
Penny has been working on history, nature, science and children's museum exhibit teams for more than 20 years, both in-house at the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the Exploratorium, and at West Office Exhibition Design. Her most recent project was the renovation of MidAmerica Science Museum (85,000 visitors a year). Penny is also the Vice President of the NAME professional network.
Presenter: 
Tamara Schwarz
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Associate Director, Exhibit Development
Organization: 
California Academy of Sciences
Bio
Tamara has 18 years of experience developing museum exhibitions and multimedia projects. She leads exhibit development for the California Academy of Sciences' 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, serving 1.4 million annual visitors. Previously, as Senior Manager of Experience Design, she led design and development of Chabot Space & Science Center's exhibitions and digital media (150,000 annual visitors).