Designing an exhibition for the visually impaired

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Project Type
Participant Observation, Empathy Conversations, Prototyping, Co-design Workshops, Exhibition Design
Collective Team
Andy Irving
Bethany Hayman
Christine Luiten
Rachael Thompson
Celeste Skachill

The goal of this project was to develop an accessible exhibition experience that would privilege rangatahi who are blind or visually impaired. 

The client wanted the experience to supplement - rather than replace - the exhibition, and potentially they wanted it to be able to tour the country as a pop-up exhibition. 

StudioC carried out a series of ‘empathy walk-throughs’ with blind and visually impaired rangatahi to understand how they experience the exhibition, and how the exhibition could better serve their needs. We then led a co-design workshop to prototype ideas that would privilege blind and visually impaired people, but still be open to everyone. 

The result was a “sound pod”, an enclosed space where people could listen to audio experiences based on the historical material in the exhibit. 

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Sound Pod Exhibition for Visually Impaired
Sound Pod Exhibition for Visually Impaired
Sound Pod Exhibition for Visually Impaired
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