My name is Zach and I’m a graphic designer working at the Hatfield Science Center. I handle all kinds of work that needs to be done for exhibits, posters and signage for the center. Its a new field for graphic designers and I’m very excited to be a part of it.
My work with the Tsunami exhibit started with a need to build some posters to explain the content and material the exhibit was focused on. That remains the primary focus of my work, but the idea of the exhibit has changed to that of a whole experience and how to adequately handle the volume of people that move through the exhibit, making it easier to understand, easy to follow and easy to interact with the various activities. All of this goes into how I design the visual material. Its like telling a story and having all the material presented in a way that the viewer can follow through and learn systematically. I also really enjoy working on changes to signs because observations are giving the organizers feedback as to how people are interacting with the signage, allowing me to design them better.
It has been a unique experience for me and one that is not just limited to making decisions on a poster as a stand alone unit. My design work has to fit into a bigger and broader picture and I learn quite a bit about how people respond to design and signage through the observations, which influences my design decisions.