Changing the Face of Medicine
Digital Portrait Gallery
LocationNational Library of Medicine, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
Exhibition DesignRiggs + Ward
TagsExhibition, Walls, Collections, Content management tools, Infographics, Data visualization, Touch, Installations
Three interfaces drive a large presentation where visitors can rediscover, contextualize, and learn more about the hundreds of physicians featured in the exhibition.
The Digital Portrait Gallery is a celebratory, culminating experience where the pantheon of women physicians that “changed the face of medicine” come together in one spectacular, group interactive installation. Here, three single-user kiosks control a large, 22-foot projected wall of faces as visitors discover physicians based on their location, their inspiration, their specialty, or their achievements. As visitors interact with the different kiosks, the faces on the wall react to show which physicians correspond to the various inquiries. A baseball-card-like record for each physician gives more biographical information about every woman in the exhibition, providing a kind of appendix to the exhibit experience.
Press & AwardsDesigning Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design, Jenifer Tidwell, 2006 (O’Reilly)American Association of Museums Muse Awards, Silver, Science, 2004
The sphygmograph interactive uses simple computer animations to explain the operation of a very complicated medical device. The device itself is within a case. In fact, the object on display would be very difficult for visitors to understand without the use of technology. This entry is a very helpful interpretive tool for explaining an obscure but important artifact. It is a perfect example of how new media can help visitors learn in an exhibition, rather than just add noise and diversion.“Realtime,” Wired, March 2004Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, Digital Dozen, January 2004Blue Web’n, November 21, 2003
- Jeremy Clark
- Gabe Kean, JD Hooge
- Thomas Wester, Seb Chevrel
- Lisa Berndt, Mary Ellen Marmaduke
- Production Assistant
- David Waingarten
- Exhibit Design
- Riggs Ward
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