interactive display 4880 x 1220 mm
display board, acrylic, vinyl tube
social concerns design / exhibit design / information design
Design question: How can educational exhibition design showcase complex information in a way that abstraction and emotion are balanced into an educational experience that will raise social awareness?
Initial research into educational learning strategies and styles, in particular kinesthetic learning has lead me into exploration of the potential of learning by experience. By combining complex information and interaction I wanted to create an exhibit. The Riparian Run showcases a balance between the formalities of data visualization and socially conscious design, creating an educational, emotive and memorable experience for the audience. The Riparian Run will provide information about water quality in river catchments to individuals and communities within rural Auckland. This project aims to educate children and adults about rural Auckland’s water quality by communicating effective forms of riparian management and identifying the benefits of their contribution to the issue. Kossmann Dejong discusses the balance created between knowledge and experience in the book Engaging Spaces – Exhibition Design Explored. Dejong explains that an experience offers a new perspective and broadens the audience’s vision if a balance is made between the sensual and intellectual experience. The Riparian Run achieves this balance by combining the interactive element where the viewer participates by following the ball through a narrative flow of information, learning as they interact with the ball’s journey. Dejong’s study on narration, simultaneity and promenade have influenced the flow of information throughout the space, using his theory of having multiple story lines to offer a way of presenting complexity whilst providing an interactive and memorable experience.
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