Creative Processes

The more ways I involve myself in creative projects, the more how see how much of the creative process is the same, regardless of your final products and goals. This video about Dustin Lance Black’s storytelling process focuses on screenwriting, but it could just as well be about how we tell tales in museums. “Figuring out why. Not…

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…

Inspiration – Icelandair (again)

Last year I wrote about how impressed I was with the interpretive moments sprinkled throughout Icelandair’s planes. When I traveled with them this month my admiration kept growing. These guys are good. Their little language and cultural stories are consistently interesting, quirky, and beautifully phrased, while still being short and snazzy. The world needs more interpretive signage…

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…

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…