Museum of Nome
While working at PUBLIC, our work in the museum exhibit is intended to capture that sense of risk, journey, opportunity and community. Working closely with the museum director and curators, we developed content and experiences around six themes made unique by Nome’s isolation and harsh climate. Artifacts, stories and ideas explore “Gold Fever”, “Making the Most Out of Nothing”, “Building Community” and “Staying Warm”, among others.
Telling the story of Nome means addressing the intense three-month timespan in the summer of 1900 when the population ballooned from 3,000 to 20,000 people searching for opportunity. Newcomers weren't allowed to make the voyage unless they proved they had everything for survival in the boxes that accompanied them. To this day, citizens of Nome rely on the ships and planes that carry in everything from fruit to lumber. The exhibit concept centres around shipping, shipping containers and the ad hoc edges and spaces that are created through necessity, ingenuity and entrepreneurial invention.The exhibitry is designed to be modular, flexible and changeable, so the local museum staff can continue to create their own labels to keep the locals interested and the topics up to date.
Selected typography was brought into scaled elevations and prototyped in full size print outs.