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Self, Made by Collins

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Campaign designed by Collins for Exploratorium's summer 2019 exhibition Self, Made

Exploratorium is a “public learning laboratory” and San Francisco based museum that enables visitors to question and make sense of the world around them through hands-on exhibits that touch upon science, art and human perception. Its summer 2019 exhibition, Self, Made, continues in the spirit of exploration but turns this inward, tackling the theme of human identity. It did this through a host of outside collaborators to curate exhibits, artefacts, and artworks with the intention to “shift visitors’ inherent views of themselves.” As part of a continued partnership with the Exploratorium, brand experience design company Collins created a launch campaign for the exhibition. This campaign is characterised by its broad use of colour, texture and imagery to construct a series of portraits, a graphic gesture that seeks to express the complex confluence of unseen forces that combine to create the self. These portraits run across and connect posters, transport livery, banners and super-graphics across the exhibition space and on to the streets of San Francisco. This was part of a three-month in-person and online campaign, which was then also integrated into wayfinding, merchandising and giveaways.

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Exploratorium After Dark by Collins, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity and membership card by Collins for Exploratorium's After Dark, a weekly adults-only museum experience of perception

Exploratorium is a “public learning laboratory” and San Francisco based museum that enables visitors to question and make sense of the world around them through hands-on exhibits that touch upon science, art and human perception. These include a pitch-black dome, fog bridge, large-scale kaleidoscope, light displays and array of image bending mirrors. Every Thursday the museum hosts After Dark, an adults-only event. It is a chance to experience the museum’s over 650 interactive exhibits during the evening, to socialise, listen to guest speakers, watch films and listen to music. Exploratorium worked with design consultancy Collins to reimagine After Dark, to give it a stronger sense of identity and a distinctive campaign concept across membership cards, magazine covers, online banners, large format posters and social media. This is the first part of an ongoing collaboration that will help promote the museum’s work and programming over the next two years.

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Frameline 41 by Mucho, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird & Seth Rowden

Visual identity, campaign and print by Mucho for San Francisco based LGBT film festival Frameline 41.

Frameline is an American nonprofit arts organisation and the world’s longest running LGBTQ film festival. Frameline continues its mission, since its founding in 1977, to change the world through the power of gay cinema, and to connect filmmakers with audiences locally and internationally. Graphic design studio Mucho worked with Frameline on its visual identity and campaigns for its 40th and 41st LGBTQ film festivals, delivering a system based around a framing device. This links membership cards, stationery and business cards, as well as campaign specific materials such as individual event invitations, posters and tote bags.

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