Thesis big idea- Engage people in a conservation message through an activity. A prototype was developed using energy consumption and its relation to polar bear habitats. The prototype was tested, and data recorded that supported the thesis.
Overlaying areas of were analyzed to discover what could bring about maximum visitor interest and learning.
Surveys yielded what visitors looked for from zoos and aquariums.
A specific animal need was selected to move forward with prototyping.
The main intention was convey information with as little didactic text as possible. That said, some instruction was needed.
Rotating blocks allow visitors to create an individualized composite image that represents visitors' daily electrical usage and how it affects polar bear habitats.
The composite image is a mixture of "happy", "nervous", and "sad" polar bear environments. After prototyping the exhibit, ten of ten visitors learned of a simple way they could help polar bears.
I built a full scale prototype and tested it with over 20 respondents.
I created mock-ups to define where the interactive would be most successful in various polar bear exhibits.