I'm a little behind on my self imposed bi-weekly blog deadline. One past blog post coincided with Easter holiday weekend and then the next a particularly busy period at work. While it's true I've outlined the next 80 something blog posts based on past projects there's a few I knew in advance were going to be pretty light on content. I had hoped to find some relevant or inspiring other content to pairs these posts with but in order to keep the momentum going on this blog I'm just going to write about the next few projects from a biographical perspective. I had to remind myself that this blog also serves as vehicle for me to document my extended portfolio of work and as such some posts are going to be light.
My first year as an exhibit designer was an exceptionally busy and I had introductory to intermediate level roles on 4 different projects that all opened around the same time and place in Atlanta, GA. So as a whole it’s an impressive first year as an exhibit designer but the individual project roles vary quite a bit. This first project from 1999 is a lighter role. It was The Hall of Valor at the Georgia State Capitol Museum. This is a space to display rotating artifacts from the museum’s historic battle flag collection.
One contribution I had for this project was the final design rendering. I'd just begun working in Vectorworks for 2D, 3D cad, and computer rendering was new to me. I'd no way of knowing at the time this would be the beginning of many many years of exhibit renderings. At some point in this blog I’d like to talk about rendering specifically and share some of my favorite resources. I’ve never counted, but I’ve probably done several hundred if not a thousand renderings in my career. One’s like this one for the Hall of Valor, illustrating the final design that is to be built, but also countless others just to show an idea; document an early design; or illustrate a pitch for an idea that may not ever happen.
This was the first exhibit project I got to see go from rendering to reality and my introduction into conservation needs. I was excited to have even such a small role. I came into this project as it was nearly complete so aside from some cad detailing and furniture design my role was pretty minimal; however, I still go to see it open because it coincided with the opening of the project in the next blog post which prominently featured many of my illustrations.
After nearly 2 years watching product designs not materialize it was nice to see this exhibit fabricated and installed in only a few short months in my first year as an exhibit designer. It really helped build a foundation for my expectations in my new position, and also led the way to many more projects in Atlanta, GA...
As I said earlier ,this post would be short. Next week I’ll be back with a slightly lengthier recap of my various responsibilities in the Native Lands : Indians & Georgia traveling exhibition.