How I helped design, and launch, Australia’s leading future focused museum
- Creative and digital project management
- Mentoring and coaching
- Budget and risk management
- User testing and installation
Timing: Jan 2017 – May 2018
I joined the MOD. team in early 2017 at the transition from strategy to execution. My task was to lead the team delivering exhibitions and programming, including our launch exhibition, MOD.IFY. The MOD. team, including myself, had no prior experience delivering exhibitions, museum or gallery experiences. We were also operating as a startup within the University of South Australia and were trying negotiate a high level of ambiguity – we didn’t have a building, defined processes, policies or procedures in place.
Starting with this blank slate I developed a range of tools, templates and processes, based on Human Centered Design and Design Thinking Principles, to help the MOD. team achieve their audacious goal of launching both a different type of museum and Australia’s leading future-focused museum. I developed a design process to guide delivery and then led project management of our first two exhibitions including:
- Concept development and requirements
- Contracting and supplier management
- Budget, risk and insurance management
- Delivery, user testing and install
- Team mentoring and capacity building
- Wayfinding and exhibition signage
I also introduced collaborative design processes to empower young adults to contribute to the design of MOD.
Projects were diverse and included an augmented reality art exhibition, immersive science/ art installations exploring the neuroscience of pain, biomimicry and aeriel robotics, interactive digital storytelling around Aboriginal science and the creation of a teenage robot called ‘Josh’.
Impact and value
I left MOD. a month after launch to move to the United Kingdom. At the time of my leaving MOD. had received significant positive feedback from both the media and visitors with 97% rating the experience highly and saying they would recommend to others. Much of this feedback identifies MOD. as a new model for a museum and as a space that excites and inspires the visitors to come to it. I am so proud of the contribution I was able to make, with the MOD. team, to the Adelaide cultural landscape.
A selection of media articles is included below: