Billion Oyster Project
How might we make the available content engaging and compelling for middle school & high school students?
Experience Design | Graphic Design | UX Research
"The students are doing amazing work with the Billion Oyster Project but we don't know how to get people interested and excited about it."
In Spring 2017, I was tasked with creating an physical experience through New York City's Harbors in partnership with Pratt Institute and the Billion Oyster Project.
The Billion Oyster Project aimed to make harbor and oyster education as exciting and fun to middle school students- high school students. Together, our team created information panels and activities that highlighted the best of New York City's Harbor.
Before any design work could be done, there was extensive research to be done from the history of the harbors & oysters to the Billion Oyster Project's many educational programs. With the help with Google Docs, my team and I were able to organize, prioritize, and filter through the dense load of information into an the exhibit content outline.
Visual Graphics Identity development
To bring the story of the New York Harbor and Oyster Reefs alive, I created the narrative and the visual identity for the exhibition.
Storytelling Through a Physical Space
The exhibition was going to be held at the BOP house on Governor's Island. Each room had themes and stories that transitioned into and out.
In order to bring the content to life, I created initial mockups for the client to visualize through the space and journey. We went through the floor plans and visualized the experience as the students would.
Our team spent months editing, revising, and finalizing the content and design for the exhibit. I paid many visits to Governor's Island where the New York Harbor School and the BOP was located to see what the students were doing. While visiting, I conducted interviews, observed classrooms, and took photos.
By the end of May 2017, we printed the exhibition panels and installed them at the BOP House.