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Evidence Design is over the moon to announce that the Samuel Oschin Air + Space Center broke ground on June 1st. Kudos to the California Science Center and the entire team, including ZGF Architects with whom we have enjoyed a close collaboration from the project’s inception.

“The California Science Center is thrilled to celebrate this milestone today,” remarked California Science Center President and CEO, Jeffrey Rudolph. “The Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will be a launchpad for creativity and innovation to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers.”

Artist rendering courtesy California Science Center/ ZGF Architects

The Capital Jewish Museum has been under construction for almost a year, and this week we finally got to visit the site and our colleagues IN PERSON! After 15 months of designing exhibits over conference calls, it was incredibly gratifying to step inside Washington’s oldest synagogue, pin up test graphics in the main gallery, and toast our collective effort to create a participatory experience that examines universal themes at the intersection of American Judaism and American democracy. Many thanks to the DC project team for hosting us so graciously — the CJM staff, SmithGroup architects, and the Consigli construction crew!

Evidence Design is delighted to celebrate the end of lockdown and the reopening of California (and New York) with the debut of Life! Beginnings, our latest collaboration with the California Science Center, on June 18—just in time for Father’s Day. The entire project team has been working on this exhibition—which celebrates life’s ability to make more life—throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Opening this project feels like a sphinx moth emerging from a caterpillar pupa, like those you will find in the exhibition! 

 Life! Beginnings explores how humans and all living things reproduce, develop and pass on their genes and marks the first phase of a planned renovation of CSC’s World of Life gallery. Congratulations to the California Science Center and all our creative and technical partners.

We are thrilled to share the Capital Jewish Museum’s online Groundbreaking Festival on September 12-18. The Capital Jewish Museum is a new institution anchored by the oldest synagogue in Washington, DC. Evidence Design has been working with the museum to develop a participatory approach that examines local history with the intersection of American Judaism and Democracy at its core. Guests will encounter the dynamics of identity, community and civic engagement past and present to evoke critical conversation and dialogue. Kudos to building the architect, SmithGroup. Register for free celebration events here.

Evidence Design is honored to co-present the closing plenary session of the 2020 Building Museums Symposium with our colleagues at the Burke Museum. The session will focus on how an unwavering commitment to radical transparency led the Burke on a journey to build new facility that seamlessly integrates back-of-house activities with public experiential spaces. Featuring 13 visible labs and workrooms and a people-centered interpretive strategy, the Burke is a new kind of museum—and a whole new way to experience our world. We will explore how to define a clear and authentic vision for a project, how to communicate and stay true to that vision at critical junctures, keys to forming deep and collaborative relationships, and effective prototyping to verify, develop and refine the vision. We hope that others gain insights for their own projects, large or small.

In addition, March 2020 marks the ten-year anniversary of Science Storms at the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago. Evidence Design and the original MSI team will celebrate this groundbreaking exhibit’s enduring mission and beauty with special behind-the-scenes tours for Building Museum participants.

In advance of opening day, Evidence Design partner Jack Pascarosa contributed an article to the Daily Journal of Commerce’s special feature on the new Burke Museum. The piece highlights how EVD’s exhibition design informed the architecture to realize the Burke’s dream of radical transparency and acknowledges the contributions of the creative consultants that began this journey. You can read additional articles in DJC here. The new Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture  opens to the public tomorrow, October 12!

LINK: https://www.djc.com/news/ae/12126098.html

“A new way to engage with the natural and cultural sciences,” says Seattle Magazine about the new Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. In 2014 the Burke Museum tapped Evidence Design to realize the visitor experience for an entirely new natural history museum model that reveals its work to the public. We can’t wait to celebrate the Burke’s opening this October 12th.

LINK: https://www.seattlemag.com/exhibits/seattle-fall-arts-preview-inside-new-burke-museum

The Seattle Times published some fun behind-the-scenes photos of a new installation at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. The work, titled “Synecdoche,” is by artist RYAN! Feddersen of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. It’s part of the Burke’s transformation celebrating nature and the culture of the Pacific Northwest.

LINK: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/new-burke-museum-will-have-a-striking-and-symbolic-work-of-art/

PHOTO: Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) posted an article on our collaboration with Unified Field to create the traveling exhibition “Dogs! A Science Tail.”

 “Unified Field worked closely with exhibition design firm Evidence Design and the California Science Center to be certain that the experiences communicated their mission and to ensure that all media matched the style, intention and objectives of the overall exhibition. The California Science Center contracted with Evidence Design to develop the look and feel and final design of the exhibition; after developing the overall vision and educational messaging for the exhibit, California Science Center worked closely with the Evidence Design team to develop the graphic style, over-arching illustration style, wall graphics and interactive experiences through an iterative process. Unified Field then interpreted the styles of the graphic identity system and illustration styles into their animations and experiences from dogs, and wolves to cave people and contemporary veterinarians.”
— Marla Supnick and Greg Peduto, SEGD

Unified Field was an amazing interactive studio partner and we look forward to more projects with them.

LINK: https://segd.org/all-paws-deck-dogs-las-california-science-center

VIDEO: Unified Field created a fun video to show off some unique exhibits and interactive features in “Dogs! A Science Tail.”

Through films, soundscapes and digital interactives, guests can experience what it’s like to see, hear like a dog, and learn how dogs communicate.