Tags: Foundations, Nicole Dowds, Exhibitonal Desginer
Nicole Dowd is a graphic and exhibit designer and is currently the Graduate Recruitment Coordinator for the Corcoran College of Art and Design where she earned Masters of Arts degree in Exhibition design. Dowd is also the advisor for the Society of Environmental Graphic Design at Corcoran. She is a freelancing graphics and exhibit designer for museums; Dowd had an interest in museums but did not want to be a curator. Dowd explains that exhibition design is the process of translating the curatorial narrative into 3D space and it is important to tell and that narrative in an exhibit is very important.
Dowd went on talking about other exhibit designers and their work to bring their exhibits to life and tell the history they are involved with. Many of these designers’ exhibits had many hands on features that told the story of what was being presented. Dowd described how each designer thought out there designs for the exhibits and how they focused on objects, events, and history of the items that were involved. These exhibits had a sense of the visitor and educational experience.
Lastly, Dowd explained what skills and training are needed to become a professional designer. A designer must have knowledge of art history as well as verbal and written communication skills along with knowing how to collaborate with others.