Washington Post Magazine: Storykiosk Popups on the National Mall

Washington Post Magazine: Storykiosk Popups on the National Mall

Now that it’s out and published in the news, I’m eager to write about our project with Washington Post Magazine, setting up a popup Storykiosk installation on the National Mall with Editor Lynn Medford and staff. I don’t think anything quite like this had been done before — using a popup exhibit in a national park (or museum) to gather news media for wide-scale print and online distribution. The results? Eye-opening I...

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National Archives Installation: Designing for Group Experience

National Archives Installation: Designing for Group Experience

Had the pleasure of updating one of our longstanding interactives, developed with Northern Light Productions, for the National Archives in DC this past week.  “The Constitution in Action” is an hour long simulation/game in which students in schoolgroups take on the role of researchers looking for documents to support an urgent mission from the White House Communications Director, “Bob.”  Students work in groups to find...

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Washington Post Magazine project update

Washington Post Magazine project update

It’s been a pleasure working with Washington Post Magazine, using Storykiosk to record stories of people’s experience on the National Mall.  I think there’s a trend: new intersections between news organizations, public spaces (national parks and museums) and local communities. WP certainly tapped into it, gathering over a hundred stories on what brings people to the National Mall. The Magazine issue on the National Mall is...

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Interactive Murals and Fountains

Interactive Murals and Fountains

The question often comes up: now that you’ve gathered the stories, what do you do with them? Of course, there are many opportunities to share them in exhibits and online and through social media. We’ve been developing tools for this for a while now. But we’re pushing the boundaries a little further, to represent stories tangibly in physical environments such as exhibits and lobbies.  Muralist Karina Raude and I are...

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The Exhibit that Made Me Cry (and I tried to hide it)

The Exhibit that Made Me Cry (and I tried to hide it)

I was reminded today by Susie Wilkening’s article on long-term memories of exhibits (in ASTC Dimensions) of an exhibit that made me cry. I tried to hide it, but there I was, huge lump in the throat, eyes saturated, ready to spill it. It was in the Center for Civil Rights and Human Rights in Atlanta (and I’m hearing a lot of other museum people describe the same thing). If you’ve been there, you know the exhibit I’m...

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