(YEAR 2) S:1 USER CENTRED EXPERIENCE: INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION PROJECT – INTRODUCTION

For the first project in User Centred Design year two we have been asked to create an interactive exhibition for a museum in hull of our choosing. The exhibition must be a ‘Interactive Experience’ providing the user with a virtual space, when creating this I must take into account the different fields this application should include such as (touch, feel, sight, hearing). This interactive exhibition needs to capture the user, and keep them engaged within the subject that the exhibition is based upon.

I have planned my work out, and created a time scale for myself so I can work to a target and keep up a sufficient flow of work. Below is my time scale:

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INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION: TARGET AUDIENCE RESEARCH – BACKTRACK HULL

During my research stage I came across a Facebook page called “BACKTRACK HULL”, on this page the users of Facebook can post old photographs and videos of historical events that have taken place in Hull. This reminded me of my idea for the “Hull History Centre”, and thought it could be a really good source for my research into the target audience. It is a very popular page that attracts people of all ages. This page also has 8,782 followers As part of my research into the target audience I created a tally to count and compare the ages of the followers who have contributed to the wall of this page, the age group that have shown the most interest.

My findings indicated that the age group that contribute to this page the most range from “40 – 60”, but also a younger age group ranging from “18 to 30” show some interest in the contributions on the wall, by liking, sharing or commenting.

Because the concept of this page is similar to my idea, I decided to get first hand information from the owner of the page, so I created a questionnaire and sent it over to the owner of the Backtrack Hull page, and ask him questions on the demographic of his page, and some odd questions to help along the process for my concept, to give me ideas.


BackTrack Hull Questionnaire


Q: What age groups tend to show the most interest on you’re page?

A:Graph to show

Q: Do you think you’re page has created a sense of community among the online presence of people from hull?

A: Yes ! I belive it has brought together a community that has one common love & intrest… Hull.

Q: Do you ever get any interest on the page from people who live outside of hull?

A:People who have moved I.e University Students and People from Hull who still take the Hull love abroad! They mainly miss chip spice.

Q: Do younger people show interest in the page?

A:Graph to Show

Q: What is the most talked about event that has happened in hulls history on you’re page?

A:St Andrews Quay and the Loardline with its fishing history.

Q: Why do you think the page does so well?

A: We are a non profit local interest page that has a common interest in preserving our heritage and background. With technology today everything is documented and photographed. We are trying to preserve our Pre-tech history

Q: Do you think the history museums of hull need to upgrade there techniques to draw in a younger audience?

A:I think with City of Culture on the horizon we should make sure of history centres and museums are in the best state possible. I do agree we need to “connect” with our younger audiances with newer technology and inovation.


He Then Kindly Sent me a chart that shows the popularity of his page among the different age groups, and which show the most interest in his page.

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This graph shows that this page is popular among both female and male “25-34” year olds, but this only shows that this age group view and like the page rather than contributing content, the older generation are the ones contributing because they are the ones with the history to share.

This chart does show though that the second highest number of users are within the age group of “45-54”, this fits in with the tally I created.

This has taught me a few things:

1. The older generation take pride in reminiscing and sharing there story’s and photographs of the history of our city.

2. The younger generation find these story’s interesting and take the time to share them with there friends and comment.

3. That this page has created interest in the younger generation for the history of Hull

4. This page has created a sense of community in Hull, people are very proud to share and talk about it’s history.

INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION: CONCEPT FOR MY EXHIBITION – MEMORY’S OF HULL

After my experience of hull museums something became very apparent to me, the lack of modern interactivity. The only form of modern-day techniques used to interact with the public that I had seen was in Wilberforce house, but again was only very limited and only told a small segment of Wilberforce’s history. Not only that I was limited to what I could do on the exhibition, and must have only of spent around a minute clicking around.

As an interactive experience it was rather bland and didn’t really immerse me into the product, and only caught my attention because it seemed familiar to me because it was on a large screen that you can scroll around on. It was nice to have an alternative source of information rather than reading through mounds of text plastered on the wall, but it was to limited and didn’t really teach you much about Wilberforce himself.

The lack of modern approaches that are found in these museums actually inspired me, I realised that in Hull there is a very large gap to be filled in this subject. Hull is a place that is very proud of its heritage, and so we should because Hull is a very historical place. It made me think about how the people of hull would benefit from an exhibition that told the story of our city, because I feel as though the museums don’t do our great history justice.

I wrote about an immersive online experience I discovered during the first year of my course, called “I Remember”. This interactive experience allows users to upload short segments of text with an image, to tell a significant memory from their life and post it to the world. The website serves no real purpose, other than to pay respects and create awareness of Alzheimer’s. Re discovering this amazing page, gave me ideas for my interactive exhibition.

This experience allows the user the scroll through a landscape of lights, when you click on a light a memory some one has contributed to the page enlarges. The use of sound and imagery together on this page create a beautiful and immersive experience.

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Below is the link to the I remember Page:
I Remember


My chosen establishment for my exhibition is “The Hull History Centre” but will be a joint effort of both the public and the centre. I came up with the idea inspired by the website “I Remember” that will allow the individuals of Hull to contribute their memory’s or history such as ancestors who played part in some form of historical event in Hull. And they can contribute notes or pictures and even short videos of a memory. Take for example the construction of the Humber Bridge, an individual can put forward a personal account of seeing the bridge being built along with an image.

For me this idea kills two birds with one stone, because it not only covers one thing it covers them all, so it could maybe be used in all of the museums in hull, that lack user interactivity. And because we live in the thriving days of social media, I think this is something that will interest the younger audience as well, because it resembles similar attributes of Facebook and Twitter, that allows a user to contribute their own accounts.

My hopes for this exhibition would be that it creates a sense of community, and make it feel as though it is something to cherish and something that hull could be proud of and keep people wanting to update and add different accounts of their personal experiences of the history in hull. Obviously for this to work, people will need to be able to update from home, using a mobile device, computer or tablet.

This exhibition will benefit people who want to research into a certain historical event that has taken place in hull, and be able to see people’s personal accounts or even read a note or see an image of a historical event. The “Hull History Centre” will also be able to update and add information about a certain event that they have stored in the archives.

Interactive Exhibition: Market Research – Trip To Museums In Hull

For part of my market research to gain a greater knowledge of the interactive products on display in hull museums and to inspire me for my exhibition, I went on a day out to the Hull Maritime Museum, Wilberforce House, and the Street Life Museum Of Transport. Throughout my research on this day one thing became very clear to me, in hull there is a lack of modern interactivity within these museums.

This creates a problem because the lack of modern techniques to tell a story or to teach an audience about the history of hull, narrows down the age group and decreases the attention of a younger audience. But not only does this create a problem for pulling in a younger audience, it also makes the museums seem old-fashioned and bland. In comparison to other museums across the country, who embrace modern technology make hulls museum’s look really old.

The use of older techniques in getting information across to a person is quite prominent within each of these museums, like the boards on the walls with tons of text, this I find myself as a younger person a struggle to keep interested in what it is trying to tell me because I am part of a generation that scans through text, and this is the only way a person can learn anything within these museums there is no alternative source of information that uses a different approach.

The only place I went to that had two examples of modern interactivity was Wilberforce house, I managed to get some video footage of these interactive displays to gain an understanding of the functionality of these exhibitions and how it might inspire the functionality of my exhibition.

Below is the link to the video I took of the exhibition at Wilberforce House:

Drop Box Video: Wilberforce Exhibition

I felt a breath of fresh air after using these interactive exhibitions, considering all I had seen all day was boards of text after boards of text. I felt instantly drawn to them, and wanted to know exactly what they where trying to teach me about Wilberforce. I guess it was the familiarity of the device, and is something I am very used to scrolling around on a screen. But again after using these I felt as though I was limited to the amount I could learn from it, down to the shortage of content on the device.

Something that grabbed my attention instantly on this device, was the fact that you could look at William Wilberforce’s old notes and things he had written down by hand, and it allowed you to take a closer look with a magnifying glass. I found this very interesting, and is something I will be taking into consideration for my exhibition.