ATROPHY

The Future of Museum Display

UX & Visual     |     Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects     |     13 Weeks


 
 
 
 

Objective

 

My exploration into the world of museum displays is inspired by both my exposure to the Bodies Exhibit as a child and my recent experience with the interactive exhibits at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I think that the future of how art and information are displayed within the museum setting lies in the integration of interactive surfaces and spaces. When done seamlessly, the space is evolved and can create a more meaningful relationship between the user and the exhibit.

I chose to design an interface for an exhibition that would take users through the process of human decomposition. 

 

MOODBOARD

fluid • elegant • alien • intriguing • light • ethereal • mysterious • medical

Though morbid in subject, I wanted the visual aesthetic to carry a light elegance that invites users to be curious and engaged.

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Challenge

 

In order to successfully integrate a digital interface into the traditional museum setting, I found that the challenge lay in finding an approach that was immersive, yet unobtrusive to the space as a whole. I wanted to create an experience that would not intrude on how people experience museums in a very physical and present way.

 
 
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Timeline Navigation

Follow through the various stages of decay along a timeline to discover what changes occur over time.

 

Wireframes

Before I settled on dividing the navigation into separate parts, I explored quite a few layouts and type treatments.

 
 

Data Visualization

I chose to distribute the human decaying process into four main categories (Process, Chemical Levels, Natural Life, and Layers) represented in a sub navigation that lives adjacent to the timeline slider. 

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Synchronized Exploration

While the timeline slider allows users to observe how the body physically changes at each stage of decomposition, the sub navigation pinpoints which area of information the user may want to explore further. Both features are synchronized, so that the body displays the category's information in all stages.

First Look

As the user enters the screen, a slider is presented to brief the user on what contents will be explored.


 

Final Look

 

My approach to the overall aesthetic and interaction model revolved around bringing scientific content into an artistic context. The user is meant to engage with curiosity and see this natural, complex process in a new light, one that could be construed as beautiful. My intent is for this interface to live on a large display or display case within the intelligent and elegant atmosphere of a museum environment.

 
 
 
 

What's Next?

Museums offer a unique perspective into a carefully curated story, whether the content is art or science. Making use of advancing technologies such as transparent displays, I think accompanying information can be integrated within current exhibits rather than being  stagnantly placed on plaques. Rather than disconnecting people from the the museum space with disruptive interactive displays, I envision exhibits as bringing digital interaction and physical content together seamlessly.