Museum Participation Design

Participation Design for Museums

Clients: Smithsonian, Whitney, Museum of Science & Industry/THinc . . .

Submersible Design, with partner Rebecca Bray, helped museums & environmental organizations move from ideas to contracts with top producers. We did concept specification for clients who had received large project grants for new exhibitions or interactive web projects.

Often, museums in the current climate get project-based grants but don’t necessarily have all the design executive team nor the creative/tech support they need to bring the project to fruition. Meanwhile, staff generally have valuable field expertise and concerns, so they would prefer to stay involved than to completely hand the project over to a large agency and hope for the best.

Our mission was to flesh out inhouse knowledge into strong concept design for participatory exhibition and web exhibitions, ready for the production stage. We gave clients a crash course in best practices for visitor engagement with new technologies. We solidified inhouse goals and deal-breakers into clear concept direction. We iterated through several full design, budget, and business plans. We generated all the deliverables large media and interactive agencies would need for a firm quote. We wrote clear RFPs that got our museum clients good bids from top quality producers on clear concepts ready for production.

To see work samples for clients like the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Science and Industry/THinc Design, the American Museum of Natural History, the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum and more please visit our website . . .

Exhibition design, interaction design, media production, concept design, project management, consulting, museums, web, science, art