Category: Museum/Exhibit Design

Invisua – Globalshop Exhibit

Posted: 28 April, 2017-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Invisua, Museum/Exhibit Design

For this Invisua lighting products exhibit, I designed and constructed several elements, including a large fabric reflector, floor graphic, and a colorful "flower-head" centerpiece. Lots of bright colors were used to better show off the color-changing capabilities of Invisua's product.  I tested out some variations for the floor graphic - trying to see what color [...]

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Childrens’ Discovery Museum – Stairwell Graphics

Posted: 20 May, 2016-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Childrens' Discovery Museum, Museum/Exhibit Design

A shoestring-budget-project to add some cheer to a rather dark and unwelcoming stairwell in the childrens' museum, I proposed adding bright colors to the walls and some inexpensive kites as hanging elements.

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Childrens’ Discovery Museum – Out on a Limb for Educare

Posted: 15 March, 2016-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Childrens' Discovery Museum, Museum/Exhibit Design

I designed new elements for this exhibit for the first Educare facility in California - including a magnet wall, pinscreen, expanded treehouse, and several new activities.

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Childrens’ Discovery Museum – Shadowdreamscapes

Posted: 20 December, 2015-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Childrens' Discovery Museum, Museum/Exhibit Design

As part of a giant holiday celebration at the Childrens' Discovery Museum, I designed several light/shadow-based interactive activities, along with Heidi Lubin and Megan Flod Johnson I designed this activity to allow children (and their caregivers) the opportunity to combine shapes and colors in ways that would be fun - and teach about mixing colors. [...]

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DPEM – Giant Jenga Set

Posted: 16 September, 2015-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, DPEM Event Marketing

I crafted a few giant Jenga sets for DPEM in San Francisco. They have been custom-painted in company colors, and made out of foamcore so that no-one is injured when the tower topples! One of the tricky parts of the project was making delivery in a little old car.

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DPEM – Giant Mascara Ring-toss

Posted: 12 February, 2014-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, DPEM Event Marketing

I whipped up some quick giant mascara brushes for an event's ring-toss game. The tubes are made out of pvc/sonotubes and the brushes were originally meant to clean hookahs! (sourcing the correct size brush proved to be a challenge!)

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Googleween – Spaceship fabric structure for DPEM

Posted: 29 October, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, DPEM Event Marketing-Tags: exhibit, Event, fabrication

DPEM in San Francisco hired me to design and build this 30' fabric structure for a Halloween party that went on last week at Google. The Flying saucer was required as a location for an space-alien-themed "haunted house."   Sketches I started with some sketches to make sure that DPEM and I were on the [...]

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Museum Camp – Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Posted: 5 September, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, Santa Cruz MAH Museum Camp

This July 10th-12th I took part in the "Museum Camp" event at the Santa Cruz MAH. This was an event where about a dozen teams of museum professionals teamed up to create an exhibit around a seldom-displayed object in the museum's collection - all over the course of three days. I was Teamed up with [...]

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Meat Racks – 2013 SF Chefs Event

Posted: 4 September, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, DPEM Event Marketing-Tags: drawings, exhibit, design

I designed and built a set of three racks to hold various meats for the 2013 SF Chefs event - everything from deer to fish. I designed these with some nice artificial grass on the bases so that they wouldn't be unsightly pools of meat juice. Also, I learned that no stores in the Bay [...]

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Playground concept sketches – Frolic Playspace

Posted: 4 September, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, Frolic Playspace-Tags: exhibit, playground, sketches

Frolic in Brooklyn, NY. asked me to sketch out some quick ideas for a redesign that they were considering - here are a few of my super-fast ideas.

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Perforated Pedestals – Kikkerland – ICFF

Posted: 4 September, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, Abunch LLC-Tags: exhibit, fabrication, icff

For this year's ICFF show, I made some new pedestals for Kikkerland so that they could be used with the long lighted counters that I had built the previous year. It was an interesting challenge to plan my cuts so that all of the perforated holes in the masonite surface would align on all of [...]

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Mechanical Cupcake Dispenser for Jet Blue

Posted: 4 September, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, Abunch LLC-Tags: mechanisms, exhibit, design

I was called in to make a mechanized cupcake dispenser over a weekend for Jet Blue, to be set up in their JFK terminal. This was a challenging project because I needed to design a mechanism that would feed out the small plastic balls without accidentally crushing them. Also, the cupcake was not centered in [...]

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Padded Columns for L’Oréal

Posted: 13 January, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, Abunch LLC-Tags: Props, willkrause, foam

I made these padded columns for a L'Oréal event so that they would fit around existing columns at the event site. Jessie Voris and I worked together on the upholstery - there were 200 buttons to sew!

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Heilmaier Messedesign – 3D Modeling & Graphics

Posted: 5 October, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, Heilmaier Messedesign-Tags: willkrause, 3d, graphics

I worked on some graphics for Kennemetal's parking signs, 3D modeling for a cow milking machine, and planning for the stripe graphics at the BayWa exhibit at this year's ZLF agricultural trade show in Munich.

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Exhibit City News

Posted: 5 October, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, FIT Exhibit Graduate Program

Larry Kulchawik penned this nice article about some of the FIT internships, including mine at Heilmaier Messedesign. Click on the link below to check it out. Students get a jump start in the exhibit industry

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Heilmaier Messedesign – Internship

Posted: 5 October, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, Heilmaier Messedesign

This summer I worked as an intern at the Exhibit Design firm Heilmaier Messedesign in Munich, Germany as the final step to complete my Exhibit Design degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I wasn’t expecting my work to find its way into the hands of clients so quickly, but I found myself in the [...]

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Bread Clip Lamp

Posted: 17 November, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, FIT Exhibit Graduate Program

This lamp was made for a “found object” lamp project. The base is made from some oak that I found on the street, and the stem is the plastic part of a dried-out marker. I needed to get the bread clips through mail order, since I couldn’t eat so much bread!

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ABunch LLC – Twirly Milkshake Sign

Posted: 21 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, Abunch LLC

I made this giant rotating milkshake for a pie/milkshake merchant. The provided graphics were applied to gatorboard which I sandwiched around a signpost and then bulked-up with some polyurethane foam. The edge was painted white and covered with glitter. The base is plywood and contains a drill motor, which spins the giant milkshake!

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Whiskey Bar

Posted: 28 September, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: MKG Productions, Museum/Exhibit Design

Over the weekend, I made this bar for MKG Productions. It uses a few old whiskey barrels and some 1×3 lumber stained to match. The barrels still had some whiskey sludge inside them (As you can see from the last photo!)

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Rocky Pedestals for DeBeers

Posted: 19 July, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: MKG Productions, Museum/Exhibit Design

I made these pedestals for a display of new jewelry at DeBeers.  The rocks are made from polystyrene foam, and coated with concrete (for the rough rocks) and foamcoat (for the smooth rocks.) I had help from Andrew Bunch and Tom Smolenski with sculpting and finishing the 50 artificial rocks that went into the display.

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Kikkerland – Giant Cloud, Giant Lightning

Posted: 29 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: MKG Productions, Museum/Exhibit Design

I made a giant (12′ across!) cloud and lightning bolt for the Kikkerland booth at the ICFF this year. The components were made out of several sheets of blue foam sandwiched together, with an MDF and solid wood backing for support. I put together a homemade hot-wire cutter to shape the foam, along with my [...]

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Submarine Sneaker Spheres!

Posted: 16 May, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: MKG Productions, Museum/Exhibit Design

I assembled these hollow acrylic spheres so that they could hold three sneakers underwater, inside a giant swimming pool. The joints needed to be carefully glued and sealed so that they wouldn’t be destroyed by the water pressure!

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Giant Tennis Ball – U.S. Open Party

Posted: 27 September, 2009-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: MKG Productions, Museum/Exhibit Design

I made this giant tennis ball for a party – it needed to hold 400 giant lollipops, so it had to be pretty big! I made it out of sculpted polystyrene foam with a covering of painted felt, to give it the right texture. The venue had unusually narrow doors, so the ball was designed in [...]

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Fermilab Visitor Center

Posted: 8 December, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, FIT Exhibit Graduate Program-Tags: FIT, exhibit, interactive

For my thesis project at FIT, I designed a visitor center for the Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory. When I started this project, Fermilab had recently decommissioned their Tevatron experiment and they were considering opening the giant ring accelerator to tours, which would help to show the importance of particle physics to the general public. My [...]

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