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Sunday, February 26, 2012

and the new exhibit opens!

The introductory panel

The first large panel and one of the timelines.
I designed and created all of the graphics myself this time.

No one had kept a yard sign stowed away for seventeen years
(the election was in 1995), so I created one.

Another large vinyl panel with wood in the background.
The water tower photo is one I took.

The first display case. I had very few artifacts to work with.
These are documents used during the cityhood campaign.

The large panel is an artifact.
The smaller text panels are quotations from the interviews I did
with the people who were involved in the cityhood campaign.

The second exhibit case, which is a bit more interesting,
with a couple of T-shirts and campaign buttons,
and the insert about the celebration that was
in the local paper,and a copy of the voter's pamphlet.

The third vinyl panel, and one of the six timelines.
The timelines were designed with Lakewood symbolism
in mind -- water and bark and acorns -- and the
city colors as a stripe down the middle.

The only photos I had to work with
were of the cityhood celebration, and so
were heavily weighted towards the end of the exhibit.

The exhibit was controversial enough that I had a very
difficult time finding people who were both anti-incorporation
and willing to be interviewed (one fellow even hung up
on me). So presenting an unbiased viewpoint was almost
impossible. This was our compromise, which hangs above a
corkboard with a supply of pushpins and index cards.
You can see the bark I used as a background for some
of the text panels more clearly here, too.

I wish I could show you more of what the exhibit was actually about, but the size of the photos makes that very difficult.

I have to say that this was my very first attempt at designing graphics from scratch (the museum used a graphic designer for the first exhibit), and I'm pretty proud of them. I used InDesign, mostly, but the introductory panel was adapted from the one for the first exhibit, for continuity's sake, and used Illustrator because that's what my predecessor had used. The rest of it's all me, though [g].


  1. I especially liked the title font "early efforts", etc. Given what you had to work with, you did a very creditable job. You've got good layout, composition, color, & use of space.


  2. Thank you. The title font (Viner Hand) was the same one used in other exhibits in the museum for continuity's sake, but it is a nice one.