An exhibition based around the Aardman Animations film ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists’. The exhibition is filled with wonderful models and set work from the Aardman film. We designed, built and installed a number of the hands on interactives including a pirate ship driving game and some zoetropes where visitors can create their own animations. The exhibits where designed and built to match the ramshackle Victorian construction style of the Pirate Captain’s ship but still be robust enough for a life of hard use. The exhibition was initially installed in Thinktank in Birmingham but will be touring around the world.
First built as part of Glasgow Science Centres exciting new Body Works exhibition. A giant Sculpture of the iconic DNA helix sits in the middle of the table with interactive stations around the outside. Visitors can build their own short sequence of DNA which will naturally form the classic double helix shape as they build. We have since made several more of these for various science centres around the world including the world’s largest museum.
Jim Al-Khalili uses the DNA builder model in The Secrets of Quantum Physics
The DNA Builder model found its way onto BBC4 in Jim Al-Khalili’s series “The Secrets of Quantum Physics”
When Science Oxford decided that some of their exhibits weren’t working as well as they liked I was called in to refresh the exhibition. Some exhibits had never really worked as well as they could and others just needed tweaking and tidying and there was even a little bit of budget left for something new.
Developed in association with Aardman Animations. Visitors can create stop frame animations in 2D and 3D then edit, upload and share them. The space has been designed to feel like an animator’s studio and is filled with animation artefacts including many from Aardman. Control the lighting on a real Wallace and Gromit film set or have your picture taken with Shaun the Sheep. Unleash your creative side; draw your own characters then animate them. I was part of the team that created this set of interactives while working for At-Bristol as design manager then used mostly in-house production to create this vibrant and exciting experience.
Live Lab was an ambitious plan to put real a lab right in the heart of the exhibition space in At-Bristol. Visitors can do real experiments and lab work such as dissections and extracting DNA. Safe storage is provided for chemicals, scalpels and other equipment. Fridges, sinks, hot water, and IT equipment are all available to the presenter. Large doors can be closed to secure the space when not in use or opened up to form a semi enclosed space. The doors are fitted with audio and large video screens which can be connected to a microscope or hand held camera. I designed this educational space while working for At-Bristol as design manager then produced detailed engineering drawings and CNC files.
The Flight Gallery is located in At Bristol’s showcase North Gallery. The exhibition utilises the very high ceiling and full height glass wall to create an immersive, fun, engaging space. Visitors can examine a real Airbus landing gear using augmented reality or create their own flying objects and launch them to the roof. Hands on interaction can be found throughout the gallery. I designed this space while working for At-Bristol as design manager working closely with a team of graduate engineers and the in-house production team.
Inside DNA is a touring exhibition all about DNA and the Human Genome Project. It has spent the last four years travelling around science centres and exhibitions across the UK. Find out more about DNA and about yourself, how much DNA do you have? how many people are just like you? Touch-screen computers blend with sculptural pieces and hands-on interactives to produce a colourful and inviting space packed full of information and interaction. I designed this set of interactives while working for At-Bristol as design manager then used a mix of in-house and external production to create this robust and engaging experience.
Not everyone can visit a science centre so Investigate… Portable Science was created to take the science centre experience on the road. Exhibit sets can be formed from a pool of 24 different interactive exhibits themed around forces, energy and structures. Each set packs easily into a family car and and can be set up and running in minutes. Launch a ball using the power of hydrogen or look at the stresses in everyday objects; Examine the tiniest objects to the most massive; Work out how much energy you need to get through your day. Designed to be robust and portable yet still easy to use and engaging. I designed this set of interactives while working for At-Bristol. The creation of detailed engineering drawings and CAD models allows for simple reproduction of each design. Dozens of copies have now been produced and can be found in science centres and schools around the world
Built by Techniquest’s in-house production team on which I was lead designer for the majority of the project. Designed to be visually stunning with high quality acoustics to match. Find out about sounds and music in this interactive exhibition. Listen to music from all around the world or make your own. See the harmonic patterns that music can make or watch the oscillations of a drum frozen in time.
Techniquest is one of the UK’s leading science centres. They design and build a wide range of exhibits for their own exhibition space or for exporting around the world. I managed the design team for a couple of years while we refined and enhanced the range of exhibits available. By using CAD and CNC to manufacture exhibits could quickly be designed and produced with high precicion, neat finishes and minimum fuss.