Canberra designers bring stories to life in Australia | Canberra time

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Alex Gillespie and her husband Caolan Mitchell spend their days figuring out how to turn stories into three-dimensional drawings. Dr Gillespie and Mr Mitchell design spaces in galleries, libraries, archives and museums across Australia and the world, from their home in Canberra. “His [our] working with curators to determine how this story will be told in three dimensions, and with what objects and how visitors will experience and move through the space,” said Dr Gillespie. . what is the best way to tell particular stories in a particular space. The couple, as Thylacine, are behind the redevelopment of the National Archives’ permanent galleries, as well as a host of other projects ranging from spaces in the Wellington Caves to the Auckland Museum. The scope of their projects, as well as the audiences who visit them, means that great attention is paid to what the stories are and how to tell them. “It’s like a really big puzzle that you have to put together in an exciting and immersive way,” said Dr Gillespie. visitors, from the elderly to the very young, to toddlers and people with different modes of abilities as well.” COVID lockdowns and restrictions have added a few more pieces to this puzzle, as visits to bounded spaces had to move online. One of the most rewarding parts of the job is seeing the stories come together for the public, Dr Gillespie said, but the pandemic had blocked that kind of interaction. Asked about her favorite project, Dr Gillespie pointed to a job at Sydney International Airport, where the company has designed an LED screen inspired by Solari panels. The signs, made up of flaps with letters and characters, were once standard fixtures at airports, but have since been replaced by digital signs. “You had to sort of communicate a particular message to someone who is leaving [for] an international destination, and convey that sense of excitement, but also reference airport communication technologies of the past,” said Dr Gillespie. “I got to see it in test mode, and it was really amazing to see people reacting to it and walking through the international departures area. And then COVID came along, and it didn’t roll out. “For me, it was just a really interesting little project that we did recently that I can’t wait to actually see. [once COVID has] lifted.” Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak in the ACT is available to everyone free of charge. However, we are dependent on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you can, please subscribe here. If you’re already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our newsletters for regular updates. Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. That’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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