Symmetries

SymmetriesInteractive Museum Exhibit2012
SymmetriesInteractive Museum Exhibit2012
SymmetriesInteractive Museum Exhibit2012
SymmetriesInteractive Museum Exhibit2012
SymmetriesInteractive Museum Exhibit2012

Symmetries is an exhibit developed for The Exploratorium. I worked with the New Media Exhibit Development Department to rework a number of out-of-date exhibits in preparation for the museum's move from the Palace of Fine Arts to Piers 15/17 in 2013-2014. I redesigned the exhibit for use with a touch screen, and re-wrote the application in Processing. I designed and programmed the entire exhibit, except for the icons and example images, which were provided by the graphics department at The Exploratorium.

The exhibit demonstrates various rotational and reflectional symmetries found in art and nature. Visitors can explore symmetry by drawing pictures that are automatically rotated and reflected to be symmetrical. This exhibit is much more visual for visitors. Most of the discovery comes when the visitor draws for the first time and sees their drawing automatically rotated. As such, this redesign mainly focuses the visitor toward the drawing area, while providing all the drawing tools necessary for deeper engagement (undo, eraser, color selection). The guidelines appear only when the visitor is drawing, allowing the visitor to understand how their drawing will be reflected, while remaining unobtrusive. Additionally, the exhibit features the various choices of symmetries on the left and the drawing tools on the right, encouraging viewers (who mostly read left to right) to explore the symmetries first, allowing for a quicker understanding of the science behind the exhibit.