Praxis Posts

Do You Really Need a 3D Printer?

Paul Orselli of Paul Orselli Workshop (POW!) offers this article on what to think about when creating open-ended design opportunities for museum visitors. If you like the idea of creating an active learning environment where museum visitors can use interesting tools and materials while engaging in open-ended design experiences—what is now called a “makerspace”— then this article is for you!

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About Paul

Paul Orselli

Interactive Exhibit Consultant

For over 30 years, Paul Orselli has worked to create inventive science museums and playful children’s museums, including director-level positions ...

Digital Media Related to Visitor Strategy

An article on considering visitor needs when employing digital technology by Trent Oliver, Principal of Blue Telescope. A common question that comes up is “What is our digital strategy?” Other questions along the same lines

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About Trent

Trent Oliver

Interactive Media Production

For the last 15 years Trent has developed and guided an in-house team that conceptualizes, designs, programs, and deploys award-winning ...

What Color is White Light?

What Color is White Light?  A paper written by Steven Rosen, FIALD, IES, President & Creative Director of Available Light. LEDs have proven to be a groundbreaking device in the toolbox of museum exhibition professionals but, like any technological revolution, traditional lighting 101 basics are now outdated and are in need of revision and expansion.

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About Steven

Steven Rosen

Lighting Design

It was Steven’s keen interest in applying theatrical lighting techniques to traditionally non-theatrical environments that led to his founding Available ...

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Thanks for the View!

For this first post, I'd like to say thank you to a few people who have paved the road we all travel.

Like everyone who will read this post, every day I do my best to advocate for the public we serve, the clients we represent, and the profession we are privileged to share.  Some days I even get the heady feeling that I have traveled enough miles to have gained some vision.

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Designer's Voice

Articles from Praxis Collaborators

A guest post from Lee H. Skolnick

Creative Exchange on the Expanding Plane: Culture and Collaboration

All anyone can talk about these days is how the world is shrinking and the universe of communication is expanding.  One can’t help wonder if these two countervailing forces will eventually collide and we will all dissolve into a digital cloud – a second cultural Big Bang.  International starchitects are covering the earth with anonymously modern buildings that seem to have little sympathy or regard for the cultures and environments into which they are dropped.  Branded designers are held up like trophies for oligarchs, culturati, billionaires and multi-national corporations.  Landscapes are disappearing under the bulldozer and building-scapes are springing up like glossy weeds.  And that same technological revolution that has made working internationally much easier and more efficient:  through facilitating communication, sharing drawings, conducting long distance video design and site meetings, allowing 24-hour productivity... That same technology has resulted in a global architectural beauty pageant.  Shiny bodies empty of true meaning, a kind of sexy image Internet of building porn...and international design trends often based on blind imitation, replete with cultural ignorance and misunderstanding.  So we might well ask: have we unwittingly fashioned our own architectural apocalypse?  It might seem so.

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