Introducing: StoryHabitat

Introducing: StoryHabitat

We’re delighted to start the new year off with a new name and direction even more focused on community storytelling: StoryHabitat. It’s a combination of cloud-based services for storing, recording, and creating playlists for exhibits, as well as exhibit-based stations. In the coming weeks, we’ll be writing a series of articles on the major components of StoryHabitat: exhibit kiosks, popup stations, online recording, and...

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Stories from Home: Exhibit Testing During Covid-19

We’re noticing a trend with our new online story recording service for museums and cultural organizations: gathering stories for future exhibits. It provides a way to reach visitors in their homes, and have them submit their video stories via their own devices. The Museum of Durham History, for example, is using the service to record stories from women who are leaders in politics for their upcoming exhibit on the centennial anniversary of...

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Storykiosk in ‘Dogs: A Science Tail’ exhibit

Storykiosk in ‘Dogs: A Science Tail’ exhibit

What could be more compelling than asking visitors to tell stories of their relationships with their own dogs? When I was first approached by California Science Center about providing a Storykiosk for their traveling exhibit, I knew it would be a hit. And looking at the review server for the installation, I see hundreds of heartfelt stories confirming this… I had the pleasure of visiting the installation a couple weeks ago at its current...

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New Project: Community Storytelling in Arctic Norway

New Project: Community Storytelling in Arctic Norway

Sometimes you have to travel far to find the things that are most obvious and most relevant to you. This last week, I traveled to Bardufoss Norway, north of the Arctic Circle, to consult with Midt-Troms Museum, which includes a coalition of a dozen or so local history museums and a new children’s museum — the first children’s museum in Norway in fact. And in those travels, I found the Museum and its director Lisa Bostwick...

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StoryBike: Fresh Paint Mural Art Festival and Community Transformation

StoryBike: Fresh Paint Mural Art Festival and Community Transformation

There’s a lot packed into the title of this blog post, I know…Here’s the rundown: 42 Design Fab and I created a StoryBike to record stories at the Fresh Paint Springfield mural art festival celebrating the transformation of downtown Springfield MA. The day included nine murals and their artists, family paint activities, music, local craft beer, food trucks, and a ton of enthusiasm from community members. An amazing event, and...

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Storykiosk at Boston Mini Maker Faire: Family Puppet Shows

Storykiosk at Boston Mini Maker Faire: Family Puppet Shows

What a great time this weekend setting up our Storykiosk at Boston Mini Maker Faire with 42 Design Fab. The idea: families make puppets together from wooden spoons, and then¬†record their spontaneous puppet shows on Storykiosk, projecting their images on a story waterfall (see images below). I was blown away by the quantity and quality of stories — we ran out of spoons twice due to the popularity of the activity. The main goal throughout...

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