Museum Design Displays – Down to a Fine Art
Like me, I am sure you have walked around an exhibition or museum looking at incredible items on display yet quickly your enthusiasm and ability to concentrate seems to drain away. Why is this?
If you place fine art or objects on display and you don’t follow a number of display rules then these seemingly small factors will combine together. Thus combined will produce a substantial fatiguing effect.
There are two very different thoughts or approaches to museum design displays. The first approach being that some curators prefer to have everything in their collection on display. The second approach prefers to pick only the finest pieces and concentrate on those to help with interpretation.
Indeed, both approaches have their merits, supporters and strong arguments. Having working for museums utilising both approaches I personally prefer the latter. I feel by giving fine art or objects generous amounts of space and variation of display, it increases their visual importance. As a result it will also lessen the overload effect to the visitor.
Also by changing the interior design layout we can improve visitor flow and prevent bottlenecks within galleries. This approach decreases physical exertion thus reducing stress and fatigue whilst visitors navigating the sometimes endless galleries and corridors.
Clear eye catching interpretation and labelling are the next steps. By presenting these in a visitor friendly and digestible format means less of the visitor’s valuable resources are required to store away valuable information.
Which would you prefer?
Would you opt to look at glossy magazine or would you rather explore a black white text on the same subject?
I have written other blogs about the importance of good lighting and how it transforms interiors, spaces and the physical world where we work rest and play in. Its importance cannot be overestimated. The reality is that lighting will probably have the largest effect on the visitor’s well-being, cognitive powers, enjoyment and recovery to sensory overload.
There are many other areas that I could mention. Nonetheless I am positive you get the general idea. It’s an amalgamation of factors which produce fatigue that leaves you saying “I am ready to go” rather than “I had a great time. When can we go again?”