At the end of each academic year, CCS holds a month-long
student exhibition open to the public that showcases student
work from the previous year. Graduating seniors from every
department are each given their own designated space, which
they are invited to use however they like. These spaces are
typically used to show off their favorite pieces they've made in
their classes, but I wanted to approach this a little differently.
Having been to three of these exhibitions myself, I designed
my space with a few observations in mind:
People are busy socializing, and rarely spend more than a
couple seconds looking at each piece. Most people don’t
take the time to look at piece long enough to understand
what it’s meant to communicate.
People are often skeptical to interact with anything, such
as displays that require users to manipulate or navigate
through. Those often remain untouched
Many people aren’t looking for any meaning or message
from the work; they’re most often drawn to pieces that are
cool, fun, or silly. Add an open bar into the mix, and you’re
left with a crowd looking to laugh, socialize, and have fun.
With this understanding, I assumed an accumulation of print-
outs and video walkthroughs would be poorly suited for this kind
of show. Instead, I wanted to make something new — apart from
my existing body of work — that would accomplish the following:
Broaden the understanding of what kind of work graphic
Get people to experience my space without putting down
their drink to physically interact with it.
Create something that people would have a lot of fun
messing around with, both alone and with a friend.
For my final exhibition, I used a Microsoft Kinect to program
somewhat of a real-time photo booth that would activate simply
by walking in front of it. It was designed in a way that would get
users to interact with it unintentionally, encourage them to stick
around for minute to play with it and see how it worked, show
them that graphic designers are doing a lot more than making
books and posters, and most importantly, encourage guests
to have some fun.