Design, Edit, Design!

April 13th, 2013 by edewolfe

Codi Riley, Business Administration Major/History Minor, 2013

Our exhibit planning is well under way! We are continually writing and revising our introduction panels, sub-theme panels and captions for our various themes. This has been, by far, the hardest part of the class. Whittling down our papers into a couple of paragraphs is incredibly difficult, especially when you want to include ALL the information. We have to pick and choose what information will be most beneficial to the museum visitors and their understanding of the exhibit. As a class, we also have to determine what is the best way to display our information, either in panels, captions, graphics or interactive components.

Along with developing our panels and interactives, next week we have our section design presentations. For this we are each building a diorama of our museum section. This will help us figure out the best flow and placement of items in our part of the exhibit along with getting an idea of how the entire exhibit will flow together. Finally getting to this part of the project is incredibly exciting because it means we are that much closer to the actual installation of the exhibit. The next couple of weeks are going to fly by as we busily continue to develop and plan our exhibit and prepare for the opening!

Less Than A Month

April 13th, 2013 by edewolfe

Kristel Lee, Aquaculture and Aquarium Science Major, 2015

We’re getting closer to that time! Less than a month and we open the exhibit! We are finalizing drafts of text panels, captions, getting together artifacts, and the designing each section. I can’t wait until we can start creating and doing the hands-on installing. Surprisingly, I am excited for the workshop to learn how to use tools and smart tips to help us successfully create this exhibit. There are so many ideas running through my mind that I have to jot down my thoughts on paper so I don’t forget how I want to design the Homefront theme. Talking about the different interactives and artifacts each group has makes it seem so surreal. I still can’t believe I was fortunate enough to have this experience as a sophomore in college. I’m so grateful that I am able to be included in this amazing opportunity with such great people. It will be such a huge accomplishment for me, and also the entire class. Hard work will hopefully pay off when we see the positive and happy expressions on the faces of our audience on opening day. Being able to see the outcome of the exhibit and our audience’s responses will be the most rewarding part of this process. I can’t wait!

Write, Revise, Repeat

April 9th, 2013 by edewolfe

Lydia Colbert, Animal Behavior Major, 2013

Over the past few weeks, we worked on composing and editing the text panels and captions for our exhibit.  This process began when we wrote essays on our selected topics, and then we had to narrow our entire essays down to a couple of paragraphs.  This was a difficult process because with the dramatic cut in length came a large decrease in the amount of our research that we could include.  Since then, editing and perfecting our two paragraphs has been the main focus.  We also developed and discussed which interactive elements would be included for each of the four themes, and began gathering the necessary materials.

 Next come our group presentations during which we will explain what our section will look like, and how each element will be integrated into the design.  On Wednesday, each team must submit a list of artifacts that they will need so that our coordinators can begin retrieving them.  Soon, our text will be printed, our interactives will be built, and the exhibit will start coming together as a whole when we begin construction at the Saco Museum on April 24th.  I am excited to see how our hard work pays off on opening day!

Finding the Right Words

April 6th, 2013 by edewolfe

Constance Glynn, English & History, 2013

This week in class, we’ve been writing and editing our text panels. Each theme will have a large introductory panel in order to relate to the audience what that particular area of the exhibit is going to be about. Then we’ve been working on writing the material for our sub themes. These tasks have proved to be tedious but necessary. We’re trying to tell our story by using the best, most concise language possible, and this is something that takes time to achieve. However, we are all helping each other so it’s all less daunting.

We have decided on what quotes we are going to highlight in the exhibit. We have all remained adamant about wanting Haley’s personal words to be the focal point throughout the entire exhibit. Therefore, we’ve gone through his diary for what seems like the hundredth time to select these words. We tried to pick passages that did a nice job in summarizing the different themes; we gravitated towards passages that were eloquently written and thought-provoking.

We have design presentations coming up, where each theme will have to decide what is going where. This is difficult because of the mass amount of possibility. Where do we put that moveable wall? What’s the best use of that alcove? Do we even have an alcove? All of these questions remain unanswered as of now, so the next few days are going to be spent sketching floor plans and sharing ideas.

We are only a couple days away from the month mark. In just a few weeks, the exhibit will open and I think the class is getting anxious about it. It’s hard to picture the final product while doing drafts of text panels, visioning artifacts, and maneuvering the design layout in our minds. However, we remain faithful in the process and we are all positive that this exhibit will be a rewarding one. It’s just a matter now of finding the right words to tell our story.


Moving On from Research

March 29th, 2013 by edewolfe
Richard Bruce, History, Class of 2013
As of recently I have had the chance to bring my actual research to a stop and start to organize the information I’ve found into a comfortable sequence with the rest of my group and class.  While my research left me with pages of information, my next job is to etch away at that surplus of information so that those who visit the exhibit will not be overwhelmed when they hit my team’s theme.
 I was made aware that some of the information I’ve found correlates with a section of one of the other themes being worked on.  This is a mutually beneficial trade as it helps me to narrow down my research and provides good insight for another team.
 Another challenge my team and I have had recently is finding a way to connect John Haley’s voice to our theme, Men and Women on the Homefront, as Haley was with other soldiers at war.  A few suggestions we’ve had are to include any letters between him and his family, or to check his input on matters such as soldiers being discharged or running from duty.  There is still much work ahead of us but the hardest part, extensive research, is over.