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What do people DO?

Designing at a cultural institution like a science centre can be a humbling experience. We work to develop exhibits that are thoughtful, authentic, and engaging.  But you can lose your way moving from initial idea to finished product. The small details that get lost might be the magic that connects someone to an exhibit or idea.

Documentation  is so critical to the success of a project and every step matters. What you keep and what you drop will influence how that project lives. I’m reminded to include  real visitors, doing real things as much as possible in the outdoor park project drawings.


I love drawing abstract aliens, but its easy to get sidetracked. While they prance through your imagination, real visitors stomp and run and laugh and yell. On a recent trip to Japan my husband challenged me to “draw the actual people” – what a difference it makes.

 

 

 

Lets go exploring

I’m working on the development of an outdoor park at TELUS Spark. These are some of the initial concept drawings we are using to illustrate the feeling of this project.

 

Caterpillars

These are some sketches from the concept development of temporary lobby features at TELUS Spark. I was trying to get away from easy answers & known solutions – and relate to a film that was showing in the dome theater. I find that if I just start drawing from a related topic (this time a Monarch caterpillar) then my hand and mind wander in interesting directions. I try to jump between creating  build-able details to allowing at least some impossibility and grace to stay embedded in it. In the end we only built the chrysalis’ and some murals that I was pretty proud of.

 

Let one idea lead to the next
Let one idea lead to the next
Drawing from the drawing
Drawing from the drawing
Jumping from metaphor to structure
Jumping from metaphor to structure
How big can you go?
How big can you go?
Adding scale with figures
Adding scale with figures
Folding in material and construction details
Folding in material and construction details

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