What ideas did you present?
We presented on one idea in each category of solutions: observe to understand the story, move to understand the story, create to understand the story.
What feedback did you receive from Mid-Semester Review?
We received positive feedback for a strong presentation and creative ideas. People had additional features that they would have liked to seen added to the ideas, which was very helpful.
Which idea have you decided to focus on?
We are still currently working with HPC to narrow down the idea. We hope to work with them to identify which idea they believe is most feasible, most creative, and most engaging.
Observe – Frame
With this idea, we want to highlight various parts of the park using negative space. This involves using a picture frame, and having the users stand at a certain position to see parts such as the burm in the Centennial Gardens or certain art exhibitions or the Japanese Gardens. Below the frame would be a “before” picture of the same area of the park and a brief description of the changes. This will highlight the efforts that HPC have undertaken to improve the park over the past century. There could be many of these frames around the park or one that could be moved from one place to another. Some additional features include having a pegboard below the frame so that the “before” picture and description could be switched out as the park changes even more.
Move – Timeline
The primary concept is to have park patrons literally move through the history of Hermann Park. Within this idea, we would create signage to linearly walk guests through the history. By moving from sign to sign, guests would gradually gain an understanding of the 100-year transformation of the park. One idea for placement is the existing walkways within the Centennial Gardens. We also considered using the existing mound within the Centennial Gardens or using this idea along the train tracks.
Create – HPC Wall
Within this idea, there are two basic concepts. Firstly, there is a low-tech option, which incorporates a freeform pegboard that sequentially tells the story of Hermann Park’s evolution, using user-submitted content. One possibility might be to have students at local schools develop the content (artwork) to show each stage of the park; this board could be changed and updated over time. The higher-tech option incorporates two screens, the first with video representations of people who’ve made the park what it is now explaining the park’s history, then a similar pegboard, followed by the second screen, where park visitors can record their own stories and process donations to the park/learn more about park events.