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The Pro Football Hall of Fame | Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio, provided students with the opportunity to design for a very specialized type of museum.

Working with the Executive Director, students designed the institution's signature exhibition on two floors including the crafting of a new narrative experience.

Attention was paid to the particular types of audiences that attend and the Hall of Fame's specialty collection.

Euroshop Exhibit Design Competition | Euroshop Tradefair

Leslie Ann Chiu wins the EDPA exclusive exhibit booth design competition. The Graduate Exhibition Design Department was engaged by the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association to design their exhibit for the 2011 Euroshop Convention in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Leslie's design will be produced incorporating products from Octanorm and Fabric Images Inc.

Leslie will travel to Germany to be presented to the design community accompanying her booth.

Runners Up were Adam Carnes, Sarah Frankel, Roni Rabner and Dominica Wozniak.

National Museum of the American Indian | NMAI

Working with the Museum's Director of Exhibitions, Senior Exhibition Designer, and a representative from the National Park Service's Division of Exhibitions, students designed a signage and wayfinding program particular to the landmarked museum building.

Deriving information from the Smithsonian Institution's graphic standard, the museums audience studies and exhibitions, students generated a system that would work to seamlessly integrate the needs of a directional experience within the decorative building.

Central Park Zoo Signage & Wayfinding System | Zoo

Students worked with the Zoo's Director of Visitor Services and Senior Designers in the completion of a signage and wayfinding project for the site. Particular emphasis was placed on understanding the nature of the visitor experience and creating a system that was implicit.

Using the Zoo's mission, audience studies, graphics standards and plans, students generated a signage system that is a narrative experience, serving practical needs while supporting the very particular wayfinding needs of this unique site.

Partnering on this special assignment was Precision Signs, providing the students with signage fabrication information so that production was a consideration from very the very onset.

National Museum of American History | Smithsonian

As part of their Museums and Permanent Exhibition course, the students have created a project for a permanent exhibition space at the newly renovated museum in Washington DC. The entire class was invited to spend two days at the museum visiting with the Executive Director, Senior Exhibition Designer and Chief Architect for the building's renovation.

They went on a hard hat tour, received all of the specifications for their project, were given the audience and collections information, and then were sent off to generate original exhibition concepts for what they deem to be the milestones of American history.

These images are snapshots of the fun and work that were part of the project.

The New York Botanic Garden | NYBG

The students completed a graphics signage and wayfinding design competition for the Garden. They received an extensive tour and introduction to the site by the Director of Exhibitions, Manager of Visual Media, Associate Vice President for Children's and Public Education, and the Director of Visitor Services.

As part of their Exhibition Graphic Design course, students completed extensive designs from which three were chosen as the strongest.

These images are snapshots of the fun and work that were part of the project.

Procedes Chenel | Procedes Chenel

The Paris-based exhibition paper design firm sponsors a FIT exclusive annual competition in showroom design to feature their specialty products. As part of their Exhibition Presentation Techniques course, students were introduced to the firm, its products, and the specifications for creating an actual design product.

The winning design will send a student to Paris for an introduction to the firm's facility, tours of other exhibition firms and local museums and cultural sites. The student will then engage in the production process for the showroom they created.
These images are snapshots of the fun and work that were part of the project.

Derse | Derse

Directed by Vice President, Creative, Derse, Inc, Russ Fowler in conjunction with their Presentation Techniques class, students were introduced to this top corporate exhibit design firm and were engaged in the creation of original expo designs for several clients including Moen, Earthbound Farms, and Amtrak.

In these trade show projects, the students used authentic show specifications, audience studies, brand parameters and mission and visitor statements to create state-of-the-art designs.