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Project 2 : Children’s Exhibition Guide [Process]

Through the brainstorming exercise, I realise that I would love to design for interactive materials in the context of a museum. To scope my project, I started to look into the different areas where visual communication could be applied in the museum. Some of the areas I had explored:

  1. Information accessibility in museum
  2. Community museums/ Private museums
  3. Participatory projects in museum

I decided to delve into 1#1 Information Accessibility in Museums and consider the different possible community groups to work with.

  1. Dyslexic children – most exhibits are contextual heavy and description are often heavily reliant on texts, making it unwelcoming for dyslexic children.
  2. Dementia Elderly – this is an underserved community group in most major museums in Singapore currently.
  3. Visitors with time constraint – based on the 2017 Survey Population on the Arts, lack of time was the most common factor for not participation in arts & heritage events.

Eventually, I decided to work on designing a children’s exhibition guide for National Gallery’s DBS Singapore Gallery – Siapa Nama Kamu. This is one of the 2 permanent exhibition that covers artworks about Singapore from the 18th century to contemporary times.

Reason #1: I like designing educational materials for kids.
Reason #2: I remember guiding a Korean family with 3 young daughters for this exhibition- while the parents were fully engaged, the children were fidgety as the tour was not age-appropriate for them.

The Gallery does provide children-friendly tours/events for children to learn more about the artworks. However, I realise many of these events require parents make an extra effort to stay updated with the museum schedule and and abide to the tour timings. This is not a luxury all families have especially visitors from abroad.

Hence, I decided to do a museum guide that fits the following criteria:

  1. Only pencil can be used for the activities (museum rules)
  2. Children can use the exhibition guide without much supervision:
    1. Language is kept simple; contextual knowledge are kept concise
    2. Many visual guides to engage children
    3. Various tactile materials to keep things fresh

I had decided on the following 6 artworks as they do not require much contextual knowledge, display a variety of mediums and cover the major period of Singapore’s art development.

These are the ideation and sketches for each artwork.

Sketches for ideas

View the final work here.

And to anyone who was curious to how I created the holes for ‘The Net’ activity page – I used a Making Memories Hole Punch I found in my old stash of scrapbooking materials.

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