Navigating the Museum

15:50 — 16:30
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The workshop is devoted to one of the most pressing problems of visitor orientation in museum spaces. How not to get lost, understand the pointers and prohibitions? How to correctly explain strict museum rules and indicate the shortest exit route so that no one is offended? Navigation in the museum can be external (signs on the city streets, signs on the doors and gates, map of the estate, prohibitory signs, etc.) and internal (in the public areas of the museum). Navigation should be noticeable but matching to the style of the museum, complementing the design and helping the visitor. It is necessary to take into account the needs of a very diverse target audience: the visually impaired (large print, convex letters, possibly Braille), the colorblind (certain limitations in color schemes), young children (simple, intuitive and low-mounted), visitors in wheelchairs (ramps, elevators, etc.), the elderly (places for rest), and parents with babies (places for feeding and changing), etc. It is challenging to take everything into account. The process of creating navigation consists of a preliminary analysis of the situation in the museum, determining the needs of the museum and visitors. You should always consider the subsequent process of testing and correction of the navigation system, because during operation, more edits can occur as a natural process of development. Navigation in the museum is a complete system, including not only signposts, but many different images (signs, maps, diagrams, drawings), texts (labels, annotations, inscriptions, etc.), as well as light effects (the right lighting emphasizes the right objects), sounds (not only a speakerphone alert, but twitter of birds beckoning to the park area, as an option) and video. A separate important and up–to–date topic is digital navigation. Mobile audio guides with photo navigation and geolocation, mobile applications building a personal route through the museum, video mapping, holograms, interactive projections, monitors, etc. What materials are best for the signposts: durable or easily replaceable? You will learn about these and many other important topics concerning the navigation system in museums at the workshop.