Summer Sea Grant Scholar Julie catches us up on her prototyping for the climate change exhibit:
“Would you like to take a survey?” Yes, I have said that very phrase or a variation of it many times this week. I have talked to more than 50 people and received some good feedback for my exhibit. I also began working on my exhibit proposal and visuals to go along with it. This is so fun! I love that I get to create this, and my proposal will be used to pitch the plan to whatever company they get to make the exhibit program. How sweet is that?
So, the plan is to have a big multi-touch table – here is what it looks like, from the ideum website:
Source: flickr.com via Free-Choice on Pinterest
You can’t see very well from that picture but people can grab photos or videos or other digital objects, resize and move them around and place them wherever they want using swipe, pinch, and other gestures as with tablets and multitouch smartphones. It allows multiple users to surround the table as well and work together or independently. This is a video showing this table tested here at Hatfield- it has a lot of narration about Free Choice Learning, and you can see the table in action a little bit.
People will be able to learn about climate change and then create their own “story” about what they think is important about climate change or global warming. My concept of the interface for this has gone through a metamorphosis. Here are the various transformations the interface has gone through:
Stage 1: My initial messy drawing to get my thoughts on paper and make sure I was on the same page with the exhibit team. At this point I thought we would just have a simple touch screen kiosk.
Stage 2: Mock-up made by Allison the graphic designer, using stage 1 as a guide. I showed this to people as I interviewed them so they’d have an idea of what the heck I was talking about.
Stage 3: My own digital version I’m currently working on, now more in sync with the touch table. The final version will go into my exhibit proposal.
Here’s what it looks like with a folder opened – upon touching a file, an animation would show the file opening and spilling the contents on the workspace to end up kind of like this:
This is a very exciting project to work on, and I’m glad to get to use and hone my skills in creativity, organization, and attention to detail. This exhibit proposal will certainly need a lot of all 3 of those things. It’s also very interesting to interview people- I find my preconceptions dashed often, which is very refreshing. And it’s great to be able to tailor the exhibit to several different audiences, in hopes that the message will be well received by all, no matter where they currently stand in relation to the issue of climate change/ global warming. Talking with folks helps me know for sure what kind of material each group wants, so I can maximize the success of the exhibit with that group. I can’t wait to see this thing in the flesh – I have already decided I will have to take a vacation out here next summer just to check it out!