GD740: Lot’s of research

This project is a bit of a minefield when you get started.
The science museum has already produced some AMAZING digital tools to help you discover the collection.
Perhaps the most simple and my personal fave is the chrome extension.

It’s so simple but everytime you make a new tab instead of it just landing on Google it lands on a random object / picture from the collection.
Another super cool and simple idea is the ‘never been seen’ collection

The page itself contains stylish pixelated versions of the collection.
You have two options on the page you can click to reveal what the object is or you can generate another object. These two examples are a great first step into the collection, they help you break away from that search box and discover really random and interesting things.
What neither do is create links or threads that you can follow.
I’m also interested in whether these are just experiments or whether it is something properly live for the museum. Had I not have been researching for this brief I would not have found these tools. I only found them through John Stack’s Github site…
I’m interested to explore as well as how to present the information how can I also get people to access the information??

A little segway…
Brief and Strategy | Thinking for strategic, brand and global difference, client engagement.

This weeks topic is all about thinking strategically, for me at this time I am relating the learnings to this current brief.
In terms of project management I think I am fairly good at keeping things in check time wise, however I haven’t been using any form of project manaegment tool or gantt charts for any of my uni projects, something which I do use in professional projects…
It got me thinking!
Maybe this is something I should be doing.
I went back into the Canvas calendar and realised my first TERRIBLE error.
I’d got the deadline date wrong… NOOOOOOO.

So after realising I have one week less than I’m supposed to have to finish this brief I decided it would be really good to implement some of the things I’m learning about and actually make a project gantt chart.
There are of course variables that I don’t know about yet, but I do know I need to produce a PDF and a presentation illustrating my final outcome by the 15th Dec [or in my case the 7th]… Please everyone keep your fingers crossed that I’m aloud to submit early.

Now look at that for a bit of organisation!!
I obviously haven’t added all of the things that I will need to do to complete this project into the gantt chart yet, that is mostly because I don’t fully know what it is I am going to be making yet, once I know that I can add it in!

A bit more thinking…

Using Graphic Design as a political tool / a way to communicate or share an under-represented story.

Glass eye, blue with yellow and white onlaid glass, black pipe, against Evil Eye, Hebron district, Palestine, 1870-1935

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to use Graphic Design as a tool for positive change. At Dutch Design Week we met Elisabeth Klement, an amazing Graphic Designer with a strong moral and feminist thread running through her work.
‘You have the tools to design the world around you’ This quote was in relation to Elisabeth’s use of fonts made only by female and non-binary creators. It was a notion I hadn’t really thought of before but it felt like quite a radicle way of setting the tone of your design work and the work you would like to be doing in the future. In relation to the Science Museum Brief it has made me look at the collection through the eyes of today’s injustices. The occupation of Palestine is a huge prominent injustice right now. Being a UK citizen with a Government not recognising Palestine as a state and the atrocities as a genocide it feels hard to do / say nothing… could I use this brief to address this?

There is a horrible irony that a lot of the Science Museum’s Palestinian collection consists of these Evil Eye glass beads which were used to protect against evil….

Using Graphic Design to bring the Science Museum’s collection to rural communities, or even just to communities that can’t easily access it.

Jason & Becky, Swansea 2014
Developing an idea in my sketchbook
Developing an idea in my sketchbook

Again while thinking about this brief I am drawn to a sense of place.
It’s becoming a running theme and maybe one that I should go with at the moment.
For some reason the first thought that came to mind was a work I participated in back in 2014 called ‘A Cowboy in Tomorrow Land’ by artists Jason and Becky.
The artwork was a walk through the city wearing headsets, you’d go in and out of buildings, visit a room in the Premier Inn and from what I remember it was imagining the city of Swansea as a themepark. It was really surreal and immersive. The reason it has got me thinking about this project was that Swansea at the time was the city I lived in. The streets we used in the artwork were streets I walked on every day yet I was transported on an adventure through the audio and adventure aspect of the whole thing.
This would be a really cool concept to recreate within this brief?

By entering the gates of a theme park even the most unlikely and unwilling participants enter a contract with themselves to be open to the possibilities of imagination. The possibility of elsewhere. Elsewhere can take many forms, especially when including the elsewheres of the human imagination – triggered by, manifested as, or independent from physically tangible spaces and their representations.
Jason and Becky
A Cowboy in Tomorrowland: The city as a Themepark

Your city as the Museum [working title]

Ok so at the moment this is my working title…
Your city as the museum.
My plan is to create a Science Museum immersive walk of public spaces that you should be able to find in every city (even in mine which is the smallest in the UK).
This would make the museum accessible for so many more communities across the UK and using a mix of audio, AR, signs and a leaflet or pamphlet take the viewer on a journey through a place and through the digital collection.
I will use the city of St Davids as a testing site for this project and present my findings as well as a proposal for how to replicate this in other cities across the UK.

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