It Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged…

That if you give museum visitors an opportunity to create, one of them will eventually create a penis. However, this was found at a museum dedicated to an artist who drew and sculpted his own share of penises, so we can probably cut this particular visitor some slack. Psst – this isn’t the first time penises have…

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…

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…

Empathy And The Art Of Asking

There have been some fantastic conversations about museums, visitors, and empathy happening online lately (see here, here, here, and here).  These are compelling discussions, looking at the ways museums demonstrate compassion, and the reciprocity and generosity that can exist between institutions and visitors. And they’ve left me thinking more about the role that asking plays in…