The Library of Congress
An Educational Experience
I’m quite passionate about making educational experiences interesting. I don’t mind admitting I’m a bit of a history nerd. When I moved to Portland, Second Story Interactive Studios was definitely on my radar. They focus primarily on experiential design for museums and large spaces. So when I got the opportunity to help them with a project, I jumped at the chance. I worked on a few projects with Second Story. This specific project was for the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and lasted for over six months. Within this project there were three sub-projects. Either scroll down below or jump to a specific sub-project.
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Library of Congress: The Jefferson Building
Visual & Motion Design, Production Artist & Retouching
The Great Hall is the entryway of the Thomas Jefferson Building, which houses the Library of Congress. This project gives guests of the library an introduction to the building. Through an interactive kiosk, the user navigates high-resolution images and details of many aspects of the hall.
I completed two main items for this project. I worked as a visual designer for the user-interface of the interactive kiosk. And I worked as a retoucher for the photography, dealing with extremely high-resolution images.
The Great Hall
Visual Designer, Photography Retouching
For most museums, artifacts are hidden behind thick walls of glass. And so it can be hard to grasp their significance in history. This project faced the challenge directly, and immersed the viewer into the history of the books of Thomas Jefferson. With this interactive presentation, the viewer could now look inside the books behind glass, and virtually flip their pages.
With this project, I helped the lead designer complete the “attract screen” animations that attract visitors to interact with these kiosks. It was a 15-second loop, where I created animations revealing Jefferson’s notes, and flipping pages of his books.
Thomas Jefferson’s Library
In 1814, the Library of Congress was destroyed by fire when the British set fire to many government buildings during the War of 1812. The following year, former president Thomas Jefferson offered his collection of 2000 books to Congress to rebuild the library.
On this specific project, I worked as a motion designer. We had simple photographs of the objects on display in the exhibit, a two very big screens. We needed to find interesting ways to present the images without making people feel sea-sick while entering the exhibit.