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Improving air quality

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Creating meaningful metrics

Adapting wayfinding


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Fostering slow conversation

Playing in public

Reinventing the library

Designing an exhibit


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Telling the Soofa story

Prototyping an interface


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Gabrielle Clarke is a human-centered designer, design researcher, and strategist from San Diego, California. She graduated from Olin College of Engineering in 2018 with a degree in engineering and a concentration in human-centered design. She loves thinking about challenging problems at the system level, and also refining small details.


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Designing an exhibit on assistive and adaptive technologies


Sara Hendren at the booth with the White house in the background. Sara Hendren at the exhibit featuring works from the adaptation + ability lab with the White house in the background.



Challenge

In September 2016, Olin College of Engineering professor Sara Hendren was invited to exhibit works from her lab, the adaptation + ability group, at South by South Lawn Festival at the White House. Hosted by President Obama and inspired by South by Southwest, South by South Lawn (SXSL) brought together over 2000 innovators, organizers, and changemakers in the social justice sphere to share ideas. Sara needed a way to share her lab’s work with festival attendees that invited folks to think about adaptation and accessibility in their own lives.


Objective

Design, fabricate, and install an educational exhibit about ability, adaptation, and acessibility for SXSL.


Requirements

The exhibit needed to showcase multiple projects from the lab and welcome interaction from all sides.


Sketches for the booth at various levels of fidelity.


Design

We mocked up multi-paneled booths, and settled on a 6-paneled nonagon form that featured 6 different projects and required some adaptive technology (Sara’s ramps for single-step storefronts) in order to access the exhibit.

The panels showed the making of different assistive and adaptive technologies for individual users, and displayed prototypes and process photos and videos via a mounted screen.


The interior panels highlighted the making of three different projects from the lab, and featured mounted screens that played process videos.


Fabrication

We fabricated the booth entirely on-campus with a little help from our Machine Shop instructors. We CNC-routed the wood panels, and then finished and painted them. We bent steel into brackets to connect the panels.





Installation

We shipped the booth to DC in a custom crate, then unpacked and assembled the booth on the White House Lawn the day before the event. We touched up damages to the paint work incurred during travel, applied final vinyl graphics, and installed screens on the panels.



The booth could be entered from three openings, and featured contents both inside and outside.

Presentation

We walked festival attendees through the exhibit and met some cool folks along the way, including Valerie Jarret, a Senior Advisor to President Obama, and the White House accessibility coordinator, Maria Town.




More details

Keywords: environment and experience design, fabrication, accessibility, graphic and communication design, installation and pop-up

Designer and fabricator, 09/2016 — 10/2016
Return Design

Team: Jeff Goldenson, Aaron Greiner, Sara Hendren, Tim Ferguson Sauder, Keenan Zucker