The Room Where It Happens: Content and Design Come Together

Track
Exhibit Planning & Design
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
132 America's Center
Description
It requires a successful give-and-take of content and design to create seamless opportunities for visitors to interact with information in dynamic and meaningful ways. Yet, exhibitions and experiences often become unbalanced, because of either an inflexible design vision or unrelenting content, and visitor engagement suffers. Join a creative, diverse group of museum professionals who will share stories of projects that started to become bumpy "sausage-making" scenarios. Bring your problem-solving ideas, and brainstorm ways to smooth out the process.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

Learner Outcome
  1. Learn useful tips to avoid and overcome pitfalls in the exhibition development process so the end result communicates the right information clearly.
  2. Gain tools for assessing whether your exhibition's content and design provide user experiences that are appropriate for the audience.
  3. Gain an understanding of how miscommunication may happen between different disciplines because terms may mean very different things to each.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Geralyn Abinader
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Creative Producer
Organization: 
New York Hall of Science
Bio
As Creative Producer at the New York Hall of Science, Geralyn interprets complex content for media projects such as: False Conviction: Innocence, Guilt and Science ebook; Connected Worlds immersive interactive; Wild Minds iBook. Current projects: an e-comic book on disease; an app on computational thinking and environment. She founded the American Museum of Natural History's exhibition media department as part of exhibition development team.
Presenter: 
Karen de Seve
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Writer, Producer, Developer
Bio
Karen cut her exhibition development teeth in the 1990s at the American Museum of Natural History as a writer/content developer. She was also an exhibit developer/writer at Liberty Science Center. Her science journalism background has served her well in turning complex content into compelling stories for TV, books and magazines as well as museums. She founded Creative Content Studio in 2010.
Presenter: 
Lauri Halderman
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Vice President for Exhibition
Organization: 
American Museum of Natural History
Bio
With more than 25 years of experience in creating museum exhibitions, Lauri has been at the American Museum of Natural History since 1998. She is currently the Sr Director of Exhibition Interpretation and Chief of Content for the new Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation, slated to open in 2020. Ms. Halderman has a BA from Yale University and an Ms. Ed from Bank Street College; she was a Noyce Leadership Institute fellow in 2012-13.
Presenter: 
Peter Hyde
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Exhibition Designer
Bio
Peter Hyde is a highly accomplished designer with 20 years of experience in the professional design field. Peter has worked independently and for internationally recognized design firms. He founded Peter Hyde Design to provide dynamic and innovative exhibit and experience design solutions for a wide range of project subjects and client types. He has worked in theatre, film, TV, themed entertainment, branded environments and museums.
Presenter: 
Stephanie Reyer
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Vice President of Exhibitions and Design
Organization: 
National Constitution Center
Bio
As Vice President of Exhibitions at the National Constitution Center, Stephanie spearheads the organization's efforts to produce and travel original, thought-provoking exhibitions. She also oversees a team responsible for maintaining the creative design that represents the Center in all external and internal production. She previously was Associate Director of Exhibition Graphic Design at the American Museum of Natural History.