This was my first exhibition design experience and Laura guided me through a logical process. The first step included gathering many numbers: How many images? What are the dimensions of the exhibition space? What are the standard printer sizes? What is the minimum resolution for each image? What are the maximum limits for the images? Once I had those figures, I had a solid framework to map out placement of refreshments, information and image panels.
The next steps involved a bit of play in sequencing and pairing images in a way that would maximize impact and also preserved each photographers’ award status. Once the panels were settled, I brought the panels into Sketch to get a big picture view of the exhibit and annotated a map of the interior to help facilitate communication from afar.
Challenges included overcoming some technical specifications (image resolution) and communication with the printers. Also, I felt some apprehension due to designing this exhibit from across the country; however, my concerns were minimal because Laura and other team members are based in the area.
A selection of images from the opening reception. Photos by Walker Dawson.