Jennifer Davidson — UX Writer / Designer based in San Francisco, CA

exhibit: charles rennie mackintosh

user experience design, exhibit design, interior design

PROJECT: Create a traveling exhibition for an influential designer, and generate exhibit content, in addition to designing the space.

REQUIREMENTS: Exhibition must be portable, with freestanding walls and ceilings. Design must use a maximum of 400 square feet total, no higher than 15 feet and no longer than 40 feet. Must fit into a grid of four 10-foot by 10-foot boxes with sides touching, and it must comply with ADA requirements.

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Perspective sketch of partial Rose Boudoir recreation exhibit by the designer in pen and marker on paper.

Perspective sketch of exhibit entrance by the designer in pen and marker on paper.

Exhibit floor plan showing location of kiosk content, created with AutoCAD and Photoshop.

The exhibit entrance was based on the Glasgow School of Art Front Gate as designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1898. Graphic created with Photoshop.

Photo of the Glasgow School of Art entrance by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Photo by unknown.

Kiosks were designed in both standard and ADA formats to be accessible to everyone. Kiosks will introduce the viewer to different periods of C.R. Mackintosh’s life and work, and his influence on the design world. A replay screen near the top of the kiosk allows viewers in the crowd behind to watch while a user navigates the options. Not-to-scale graphic showing standard format kiosk was created with pen on paper and Photoshop.

The ADA kiosk differs from the standard in that it offers a touchscreen, speakers and audio-output jack at the correct height for those who are wheelchair-users. Not-to-scale graphic showing ADA format kiosk was created with pen on paper and Photoshop.

Scale model of the exhibit design showing the outer extents defined by pylons and banners. Also visible, kiosks with varying content, plus the partial Rose Boudoir in the center back. Photograph and model by the designer, photo retouching in Photoshop.

Scale model overhead view into the partial Rose Boudoir. The side walls feature gessos, paintings and watercolors by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, along with chairs, lamp fixtures, silverware, a table and a banner. The exteriors of the walls are emblazoned with graphic iconography and fonts designed by C.R. Mackintosh. Photograph and model by the designer, photo retouching in Photoshop.

Exterior panel of the exhibit design, illustrating how Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work influenced the design world and increased in valued since his death. The panel also shows custom lettering and graphics by CRM. Panel graphic created with Photoshop.