‘The Night Sky’ Exhibition

This is an update from my previous post about my self written project, showing you my final outcomes.

My brief was to ‘create and design an exhibition which would encourage and interest viewers in star-gazing. Not only curate the exhibition content and layout but the branding as well’.

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I decided to use the letterpressing I produced earlier on for the branding typeface, the effect produced worked well and fitted the atmosphere of the design. I decided to brand the exhibition as ‘The Night Sky’ as the content would purely show and educate the viewers on what you can see in the sky at night. The tag line is ‘Discover Astronomy in a new light’, this concept led to the use of glow in the dark paint so as night falls the posters/branding changes, letting the viewer discover something new (above image). This motif was to replicate the transformation of the night sky from when you first step outside to when your eyes adjust and a whole sky is a light with stars. The concept of transformation would continue in the content of the exhibition.

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The exhibition is entirely dark apart from information panels which are back lit and items you interact with. The ceiling is covered in stars via a projection in order to plunge the viewer into the context and the subject itself. This is the first room you will encounter in the exhibition named the ‘Navigation Room’, which allows viewers to interact with the night sky. The room is circular to simulate our periphial vision (like an imax cinema), to seem as if the viewer is surrounded by the beautiful night sky. The GIF above shows how you would interact with this room, it would work with planets and galaxies as these seem like stars in the night sky, and would let the viewer discover them.

 

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After walking through the navigation section, you come to this open room which is based around stars, you are greeted by a type panel with information about this subject. There are interactive panels such as these ones (above image), with touch screen systems which allows the viewer to engage with the subjects shown. From left to right, the ‘Zodiac Band’ which has an information panel explaining this night element and the lower screen allows you to scroll through the band which surrounds the Earth. The next is focussed on ‘Meteor Showers’ as these are amazing to watch and are a big event to see, the lower screen allows the selection of various showers to see different images. Lastly, the ‘Star Type’ section which relies on the viewers to match the star type with the image of the star, as the answers aren’t as obvious as they seem.

 

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From the ‘Star Room’, the viewers enter the ‘Moon Room’ which displays various pieces of information which connect to our view of the moon. A main feature is the moon replica which is central in the room, which as the GIF second above shows is a looped use of lighting. The reason for this is to teach viewers the shapes of the moon, when to see them and what they are called. The screens on the supportive base of the replica will light in correspondance to the shadow/lighting.

The GIF directly above shows how the viewers will interact with the ‘Lunar Eclipse’ section. This wall combines the use of photography and infographics, so as the viewers moves the slider a different stage of the eclipse is seen. Showing how an eclipse occurs, at the point when the moon travels into thw Earth’s shadow, known as the ‘umbra’.

 

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After viewing the ‘Moon Room’ the viewer is introduced to the ‘Planet Walkway’. The content found here is purely about four planets which are the easiest to view from Earth. such as Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Mercury. The interactive element is similar to the ‘Navigation Room’, in which the viewer uses a touch screen interface and can pinch the photograph to zoom in. Not only does this show the view you would see the planet, but also to explore it in detail. The panels seen next to each screen will specify the planet, the constellation it can be found in and the planetary conjuction (closest to Earth) to see that planet.

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Lastly, the audience is led into this room which will test what they have learnt during their visit to ‘The Night Sky’. As the last room of the exhibit, it needed to keep the viewers engaged and encourage those to go star gaze or watch a meteor shower. The screens shown here (above image), show this quiz concept with four categories, ‘Stars, Moon, Planets and Shapes’, a question will be asked for each area, apart from ‘Shapes’. This category pops up with a section photo of the night sky, which allows the viewer to produce their own constellation, or an exisiting one. By having this concept, the exhibition will gain a source of research and show the public’s view and imagination of the night sky. From the shapes and names created, a specialised star map will be made through the running of the exhibition, with hopes to display it at a later date.

Sorry for long amount to writing, a very complicated project to explain and show. Another reason for writing the concept behind each section of content, is due to running out of time in my project sketchbook to explain the reasoning and decisions I made during the final 3D model . I feel that if I post the reasoning on here, atleast you guys will understand what I mean, lets hope it doesn’t affect my grade much :/    x

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