Client: Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
Role: Art Director
Phases: Design, Production
The suite of interactive experiences at the new Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum invite visitors to explore the diverse collection, dive deep into their discoveries, and be inspired to create designs of their own.
Every visitor receives an interactive pen which can be pressed up against the label of any object in the museum to “collect” it. Visitors can then use the interactive tables to explore the objects they have collected. The pen can also be used on the tables to design anything from furniture to architecture by drawing simple lines which are automatically extrapolated into 3D forms.
In the Immersion Room visitors can use their pens to draw their own wallpaper patterns that are automatically tiled onto the walls around them. They can also explore the museums vast wallpaper collection through the same interface and see it projected to full scale.
As Art Director on this project I developed the visual concept for the tables and projection spaces, lead design of the user interfaces, collaborated on the interaction design, and worked with the developers to refine the software behaviors and animations.