Exhibit Design

We have been working with museums since our firm was founded at the turn of the century. Our approach to experiential design is visitor-centric and holistic, with an emphasis on exploring interesting and meaningful topics. While we are always interested in the latest technology, we focus on finding the right approach to match the educational and curatorial goals of our partners. We’ve been involved in every step of the exhibit and exhibition design process, from detailing the conceptual approach to planning, fabrication, and final implementation.

Software Development

Our software development team has a broad skill set and has worked on a wide range of projects and platforms: everything from creating large immersive environments to programming for microcomputers and other electronics. We strive to find the most efficient approaches to developing software, taking a creative approach to technical planning. We’ve developed software as part of larger exhibit and exhibition projects, but we’ve also partnered with other design firms, AV and fabrication companies, and museums.

Planning, Accessibility, and Evaluation

No matter the size or scale of the exhibit, exhibition, or public installation, our firm has been deeply involved in planning, accessibility, and evaluation. Better, comprehensive planning and more accessible exhibits lead to better educational outcomes. We incorporate accessibility and evaluation into just about every project we take on. With many projects, these activities are formalized and play an integral role in the development process. Some of these activities have even led to white papers covering different aspects of accessibility and evaluation, allowing us to share these findings with the museum and experiential design communities.

Fabrication

Our fabrication team has developed a wide range of exhibits and custom furniture and cabinetry. Many of these projects have involved incorporating touch displays, LED lighting, electronics, and other technologies. We have also developed more traditional physical exhibits including vitrines, other types of display cases, and even mechanical exhibits. Our modern fabrication studio and other facilities include the latest in CNC, 3D printing, laser cutting, and other new fabrication technologies. We also use traditional woodworking and metal fabrication tools. Watch a video about Ideum Fabrication.

Media / AV Exhibits

Our creative team has designed unique and cutting-edge media systems / AV installations for museums and other public spaces. We’ve worked independently on small and medium-sized projects involving the latest technology and partnered with AV firms on larger exhibitions. We’ve created large video walls, LED tile walls, and immersive environments using projection. We are interested in crafting large-scale media exhibits to provide meaningful experiences for visitors in public spaces.

Projection Mapping

We believe that emerging technologies like projection mapping should be used for more than just special effects; they can create deeply meaningful interactions which can transform objects and spaces to enhance the visitor experience. We view projection mapping as a tool to allow visitors to explore art, history, science, and cultural topics in new and novel ways. We are one of the only firms in the world that has successfully developed full 360-degree projection mapping.

IoT Exhibits

The emergence of IoT technologies provides new opportunities to create innovative and compelling experiences. Our interdisciplinary team includes designers, programmers, technologists, engineers, and fabricators who work together to create distinctive and reliable exhibits using new technologies. We have deep experience with LED lighting, sensors, touchless technology, microcomputers, and other devices. Our firm is a leader in tangible user interfaces and small display technologies.