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Changing Earth at the Franklin Institute

04 Apr 2012

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Changing Earth at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia is about land, air, and water, and how these have changed and continue to change on our planet. There’s a lot happening in this exhibit and it was sometimes overstimulating, but overall it was nicely designed, interesting and informative, with clear “take-home” messages and memorable interactive experiences.

The designers (Adirondack Studios in upstate NY) used environmentally-sensitive materials throughout the exhibit. This description from the museum’s website gives an overview: Flooring is made from recycled content and post-consumer waste products. All wood is Forest Stewardship Council certified or bamboo; the metal is recyclable; paint is low-VOC, and graphics are printed on recycled material using water-based inks.

I visited this exhibit about a year ago, not too long after it opened (and wrote this post about another exhibit that had opened at the same time). Details are a little hazy I’m afraid, but here are some photographic memories. And if you want to check it/them out in person both exhibits are still on view.

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The centerpoint of the exhibit was a giant satellite-Earth dome (photo above). Inside was an introductory film.

I love two-tone dimensional letters…

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Above, right: An example of the direct-to-substrate printing used throughout the exhibit.

Text was super-short and to the point, making for more memorable key messages.

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The exhibit was full of interactives and touchable displays.”Jump here” was an earthquake simulator.

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