Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What is Exhibition Design?

"What is Exhibition Design?" is answered in a book (left) by that title from Rotovision Publishing. The book indicates that Exhibition Design is not so much a profession as it is an integrative process bringing together architecture, interior design, environmental graphic design, print graphics, electronics, digital media, lighting, audio, interaction and other design disciplines.

Kraemer Productions' website shows some examples of their process in designing exhibits. They create schematic designs (right) in which elements of a design are refined. Floor plans, scaled elevations and perspective sketches clarify a direction and vision. An environmental graphic hierarchy is established, beginning to outline the depth of graphic information to be present in a design.

Schools should incorporate exhibit design as an interdisciplinary way for students to learn content and demonstrate learning. Think about beginning a program of developing exhibits in your school with students to help them learn important content and demonstrate what they know. Exhibits are a much more convincing demonstration of academic achievement than test scores.

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