Design for the Burke Museum

As part of a research group Removing Barriers to Accessing the Burke Museum, we conducted a participatory design workshop to generate ideas on how to engage more visitors. The new Burke Museum design is based a desire to make scientific work and artifacts more accessible to the general public.

Affinity diagramming different themes from interviews with museum staff

Our concept centered around a tangible object: the mailbox. To engage curiosity and encourage questions, we came up with a design for visitors to write in letters to the scientists at the museum. We tested a low-fidelity and high fidelity prototype with users and incorporated feedback into the final design. See more information in the poster below.

plant artwork by Nick Norwood

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