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Perot Museum of Nature & Science: Life Then & Now

The Paleontology hall at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas includes 12,000 square feet of exhibits and several hundred graphic elements. A system of templates for primary, secondary, and rail-mounted graphics, combined with a type and color system keyed to each exhibit theme, streamlined the design & production process — and creates coherent, visitor-friendly access to scientific information.   Perot Museum of Nature & Science T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall Dallas, Texas 12,000 sq. ft Design firm: Amaze Design, LLC
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Art Exhibit Identities

For art exhibitions at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, printed announcements need to be produced before the final artworks are available to be photographed. These exhibit identities establish a tone and serve as teasers for upcoming shows.
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Mount Vernon Education Center

For the education center at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s homestead in Virginia, large-scale tableaus of graphics, props, and recreated environments immerse visitors in scenes from Washington’s life and career. Text panels are organized in a descending hierarchy of titles and subtitles, inspired by the typography of political publications of the era. Ghosted background images mimic the watermark tax stamps that helped spark a revolution.   The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center Mount Vernon, Virginia 17,000 sq. ft. Design firm: Christopher Chadbourne & Associates  
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Perot Museum of Nature & Science: Birds Hall

For the Birds hall at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas, the graphics shifted to more “airy” materials such as scrim banners, suspended panels, and frosted acrylic. In contrast to the “earthy” Paleontology hall nearby, the Birds Hall made extensive use of vivid color photography. Perot Museum of Nature & Science Rose Hall of Birds Dallas, Texas 3,000 sq. ft Design firm: Amaze Design, LLC
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National Museum of Australia

At the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, the Nation Gallery focuses on official and popular symbols of Australian culture. A hierarchy of panels organizes the gallery story line into easily navigated subsections. A signature palette was chosen of vivid colors and posterized images, silk-screened onto etched and brushed aluminum, combined with photo-montaged banners and wall murals. National Museum of Australia 55,000 sq. ft. Canberra, ACT, Australia Design firm: Amaze Design, Inc.  
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Bill Nye’s Climate Lab

The Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California created an exhibit about climate change, teamed with the science-personality Bill Nye. Aimed at a middle-school audience, the graphic approach evokes a student’s lab notebook or science fair exhibit, with pasted-on photos and diagrams, paper collage elements, and hand-written notes and doodles. A series of icons representing clean energy solutions were hidden throughout the exhibits for visitors to discover as they solve puzzles or gather information. 3D elements incorporated unfinished wood, visible nuts-and-bolts construction, and recycled materials.   Bill Nye’s Climate Lab: Chabot Space and Science Center Oakland, California 4,000 sq. ft. Design firm: Amaze Design, Inc.
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National Children’s Museum

At the new location for the National Children’s Museum, visitors encounter a giant world map covering the lobby floor, and an oversized atlas with kid-sized pages describing the world’s ecosystems. A themed marketplace propped with authentic Tanzanian goods creates an open-ended activity space for kids to play act as buyers and sellers, while intro panels show the cultures and landscape of Tanzania. Circular flip panels introduce kids to cultures of the world through their foods, festivals, traditional clothing, and languages.   National Children’s Museum National Harbor, Maryland 6,000 sq. ft. Design firm: Amaze Design, Inc.
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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

At the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, Vermont, the stories are all about the watershed of Lake Champlain. Exhibits reveal how ecology, culture, history and climate all interconnect to define the landscape. The graphic “look and feel” study established a visual approach utilizing these unexpected connections, mixing contemporary, historic, and scientific imagery with questions that pique curiosity.   ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Burlington, VT 12,000 sq. ft. Design firm: Amaze Design, Inc.
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