Finding Focus: Ideas, Goals, and Bubbles |
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Finding Focus: Ideas, Goals, and Bubbles | book
Every topic is potentially bottomless. From those as broad as the history of life on Earth, which spans four billion years, to those that appear more narrowly defined, such as the domestication of dogs or the cave paintings of Lascaux, the topics of science-based exhibitions bring with them a tremendous history and an incredible amount of information. For a content developer, they are an embarrassment of riches. But therein lies the potential pitfall. When presenting a topic to our visitors, when is enough, enough? Too little information and the visitor might leave unsatisfied. Too much and any subject can quickly become overwhelming. The key to an exhibition’s success is finding the perfect depth of content presentation. The development of a Big Idea, learning and experience goals, and a content schematic-a bubble diagram-can ensure that an exhibition team stays focused and doesn’t stray beyond an agreed-upon scope.