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Department for Business Innovation & Skills – Exhibition design

The story:
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) connects people to opportunity and prosperity right across the country. They see business as a force for good in society and that the Government has a vital part to play in helping businesses succeed. Their role is to make the connections that bring together the right mix of skills and resources to deliver sustainable prosperity.

The brief:
Our task was to design an engaging new gallery system for the BIS atrium reception space at their Victoria Street headquarters in Westminster. We were appointed to the project via the Design Council, who acted in an advisory role throughout the duration of the project. Our task was twofold: to design a graphic system as well as a modular 3D system to house the graphics. A key consideration was flexibility: the content of the exhibition completely changes every month, to reflect the many sectors touched upon by the BIS Industrial Strategy.

Our solution:
We gave the new gallery space a name; The BIS Spotlight Gallery. The modular 3D system was designed in collaboration with our partners at Wilder Creative, who we brought to the project to develop the 3D aspect and to build the units at their London Fields workshop. The system makes use of bespoke, interchangeable graphic panels: these panels can be housed either on modular timber cubes or on the gallery wall, via a grid of magnets. We worked in partnership with Helpful Technology to devise the interactive aspect, which is accessible within the exhibition via touch screens. The first exhibition launched in July 2014 and will be refreshed every six weeks.

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