Iconic Visitor Created Paper Structures


This company specializes in creating simple geometric forms that visitors can assemble and combine into large integrated structures. Could apply to Maker, Engineering, Art, Physics content, among others, as well as special themed events (i.e. a riff on Cardboard City). They don’t seem to be exploiting the decoration aspect of such structures, which could add richness, originality and personalization to the work. They also produce a variety of small Maker style projects i.e. individual stools or lamps, that would seem to be nearly fool proof yet satisfying activities. Hat tip to Joseph for this one.

Here’s the company:


And a post on a recent installation:


A few pics from various projects below:







You Draw it! – NYTimes interactives

NYTimes interactives has been using this technique recently, which I think is a nice, simple way to have visitors engage with data. The format is to present partial data on a graphic and then ask visitors to “draw” in the rest of the data before they see the real results. Uber simple but I think the technique promotes reflection and hypothesis by the visitor, and thus probably a greater likelihood that the results will make an impact i.e. they are proven right or surprised by the newly discovered reasons of why there were wrong. It’s also very touch-screen and dwell-time friendly.

A few examples:

ENESS – technology & art installations

Building on Mr. Toth’s find, it’s worth checking out some of the other elements in the ENESS portfolio. Investigating other firm’s work is a great way to inspire out own thinking about what’s possible. Here’s a few that caught my eye from the ENESS portfolio:

Humble Telescope


We’d probably execute this a little differently, but this idea has a lot of potential.


Light Seesaw


Love how they’ve blended physical motion with a visual / digital illustration of the motion. Poetic really. We should think of a way to us a similar technique in one of our moving elements.


LUMES Cabrini


This looks like an implementation of their OTS modules that Mr. Toth flagged. Not clear if it’s interactive, but certainly could be.


Circuit Exhibit

There have been a lot of “circuit” exhibits over the years, but I thought this version used a more simple, inexpensive, and durable prop than I’ve seen before -just simple metal bars with holes in each end… seemed to work pretty well. Visitors generate power via the hand cranks and connect power to various electrical elements via the circuit paths. This exhibit is at the Orlando Science Center but looks like it was part of a set of displays created by a 3rd party.


If the Moon was a pixel

Nice implementation of the “scale of the solar system” concept. Seems ready made to be adapted to a spin browser and 50″ screen. Note the navigation controls at the top and the “light minute” speed feature at the bottom right. – Sean


Author’s background on the piece: