Tips for Developing Multi-Language Labels – Part 3

Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2. Note: While I’ve divided these steps into sections, when you’re developing new language resources chances are that many of the tasks from Part 2 will happen concurrently with the ones in Part 3. Part 3: When It’s Time For Layout and Design (1) Use a Standard Order When labels will…

The Tiniest Details

Just a quick reminder that, whatever you’re exhibiting, the details matter. Take this lovely necklace I found online: If you take the time to read the text behind it, some of the appeal disappears… Chicago pork packers in the 1850s had relatively limited options in utilizing the nonmeat portions of the animals they killed. They could boil them down…

Tips For Developing Multi-Language Labels – Part 2

Find Part 1 here. Part 2: When You’re Ready to Write (1) Identify Language Form(s) Once you’ve established your target languages and begun connecting with those communities, you need to identify the appropriate language forms. No language is neutral or only has one pan-global form. So will it be British or American English? High German or…

Was war zuerst da?*

*What came first? Just another day at work, with 700(!) visitors and the world’s most adorable clutch of chicks. Say it with me now, “Awwww!”

Tips For Developing Multi-Language Labels – Part 1

Since moving to Germany, I’ve developed a keenly-tuned English-language radar. No snippet – spoken or written – is too small to escape my notice, and I delight when I find them. Along with hunting for moments of my mother tongue, I’m helping create them. I’m involved in several projects exploring different ways to incorporate English…

The Afterlife Never Sounded So Good

There are dozens of reasons to love working in museums. You get to work with amazing objects, tell incredible stories, and help visitors discover, connect, and be inspired. And sometimes, if you’re very lucky, you work at The British Museum and you get Tom Hiddleston to narrate your short film on The Book of the…

Inspiration – Icelandic Instructional Signs

There are a lot of beautiful ways to get yourself seriously injured in Iceland: volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, cliffs, and pieces of fermented shark on toast. I was lucky enough to experience almost all of them (not the shark, because ewww), and I was repeatedly surprised at how minimal and unobtrusive the caution and instructional signs…