Tearing Down/Building Up Exhibition Design
For this project, we were given a presentation by the OMA&D office and were able to meet some key people who have been members of the organization for decades. They provided us with an archive of images and a timeline of all the significant events which have happened over the 50 years since it began. We were then asked to take this content and break it down to be digestible by visitors of all ages and abilities.
As a team, we felt overwhelmed by the content provided in the timeline and so we wanted to find a different way to organize the content rather than a continuous timeline. A big part of the history was when the originators wrote a letter to the president of the university, and in this letter, they included five demands. These demands addressed the issues and desires for improvement for those of color on campus. As a team, we decided these five demands would be a good way to categorize the content of the timeline and make it more accessible to the visitors. We then took the demands and pulled out the attributes they were asking to be changed or torn down and then paired it with the antonyms that would be the goal to build up and so the timeline on each would show the significant progress OMA&D made towards building those attributes.