CLIENT: Smithsonian National Museum of American History
ROLE: Graphic Design, Production Graphics
This exhibit is an inclusive look at "girlhood" as it exists in American culture. Broken into thematic sections, the content highlights contributions made and challenges confronted.
This project was nearing production phase when I joined the team, so much of my work on it involved taking graphics from scale elevations to full-size production ready graphics. I worked directly with the fabricator (Explus Inc.), ensuring shop drawings and detail drawings were coordinated in the graphics, delivering files for print, then approving and commenting on proofs.
I also had the chance on this project to create a panel completely in braille. I researched graphic standards for size and distance of braille dots, discussed production methods with the fabricator, and worked with a translator to ensure accuracy.
Girlhood (It's Complicated) was selected as the shared winner of the 2020/2021 Smithsonian Excellence in Exhibitions Award. Some of the judges' comments are below:
"This is a rare instance where the final design and content deliver on the concept and intent for the exhibit to have a visual and voice for girls that carries through in various forms."
"Exhibit graphics and the exhibit voice, based on how girls talk and are talked to, is playful and engaging and the labels are written in such a way that they come from a girl's voice."
Photo credit: Judy Davis