Interaction and Exhibit Design in Museums

 Ahmad Mansur, Zeum

Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University May 6, 2005

How can interactive technologies and interface design mitigate the museum experience beyond the "bells and whistles" that are often developed for exhibits. With a generation of kids who already have access to multimedia tools, how can the museum experience remain relevant to their needs? What should interactive designers take into consideration? Ahmad Mansur, Director of Programs at Zeum, will examine the elements, processes and intention behind creating interactive multimedia exhibits for kids and their families in a museum environment.

Ahmad Mansur is the Director of Programs at Zeum, an art and technology museum for kids and families, located in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens. He is responsible for exhibits, technology, visitor services, youth initiatives and education programs. Recently, Ahmad and Zeum created a strategic vision for how it wants to engage its visitors as a hands-on, interactive art and technology museum. He is currently researching and examining the latest innovations in interactive technologies that will best serve Zeum's mission. He is also working with interactive media organizations in Europe and New York as partners to develop a global interactive performing arts installation.

Ahmad's background is in learning and multimedia. He is formerly the Program Director of NetDay, an education and technology firm. He has held positions with global management consulting firms, including working as a program manager for Renaissance Worldwide and as a management consultant for Andersen K-12 education practice in the Netherlands where he worked with the Ministry of Education on an experimental learning project. Ahmad is also a fellow with the Community Technology Foundation of California where he plans to do his project in innovative learning. Ahmad has a BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a master's degree in political economy.


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