Interface: American Museum of Natural History – Micro Mineral Exhibit

April 05, 2015 · Design

2008
GRAPHIC DESIGN
ANIMATION
FOR AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Interface and user experience design for a permanent touchscreen interactive exhibit at the American Museum Natural History. Permanently installed in the Geology wing of the museum. Produced in concert with the museums exhibits department, I worked with another programmer who programmed the application in Flash.

The Belsky Micromineral exhibit had existed for years using a microscope mounted on a mechanical truss that visitors could move around above grid of tiny mineral samples and cross reference with a printed chart to learn more. When the microscope device failed, the museum opted to replace it with an interactive touchscreen instead.

Designed at a time just before touch screens became ubiquitous through our mobile devices, the design of this interface and the resulting experience still holds up and is actually more intuitively used today in 2015 than it was in 2010.