The Silent Period of Participation

As I’ve been learning German this past month, I’ve come to a realization: Getting visitors to participate and contribute in can be a lot like asking them to learn another language. There are five general stages to learning a second language: The Silent Period – You have a small receptive vocabulary of words and ideas,…

Quick and Dirty Labeling

When it comes to writing labels, I like to take my time. I’ve been in the meetings where it takes hours (not recommended, btw) to decide on border color and font size. I’ve worked for days and (sometimes) weeks, revising and refining language to write the perfect paragraph. But I’ve also printed out slapdash signs…

Starting With Storytelling

Whenever I work on exhibit development projects, the same question occurs: What comes first, the objects or the stories? While it’s rarely a linear, either-or situation, and both approaches fold backwards and forwards onto one another, I’m firmly Team Story (it’s like being Team Edward, but with less sparkles). The stories are what matter, the…

Creative Self-Guided Tour Options

While doing some research today, I came across the Wihelma Zoo and Botanic Garden and I’m fangirl-ing over their self-guided tour resources. Not only do they provide tour suggestions based on specific interests (plants, aquatic life, etc.), they also have tours based on visitors’ needs. Is it raining? Here’s a tour to stay dry. Do you need…