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  • Herb Johnson
    ... we continue to solicit members and donations of both money and materials for the museum. I would like to suggest that we design our first few exhibits on
    Message 1 of 6 , Jun 1, 2008
      Jim Scheef <jscheef@...> wrote:

      > So, it's critical that we make the most of the money we have while
      we continue to solicit members and donations of both money and
      materials for the museum. I would like to suggest that we design our
      first few exhibits on paper so we can determine exactly how much space
      will be needed so we can make or buy appropriate tables or other
      display platforms. Whatever we use must be able to support the weight
      of the computers, protect the exhibits from little fingers, AND
      withstand the inevitable bumps that will occur when people (with kids)
      walk thru the museum. By designing the exhibits first we can actually
      make the signs while we prepare the artifacts. The radio museum found
      that their first signs sucked as they learned how to make better
      signs. We need to learn from their experience. We have little to no
      experience with signs and I suspect that signage will become our first
      real challenge.
      > Jim

      I see exhibit design discussed here primarily as a matter of budget.
      I'll describe the exhibit I'm doing, as a budget consideration and in
      the scope of similar exhibits. In my opinion.

      The exhibit I will design for the 11/20 for the upcoming September
      show, has been described before by me, in a general way. My intention
      from day one, was to provide some kind of example of an exhibit. It
      will be simple and do-able with modest resources - even by the kind of
      funds MARCH had before its recent windfall.

      It's a design consistent with exhibits brought to VCF shows over the
      last few years. Nothing stops MARCH from doing better, *later*. This
      gets the job done NOW, for September, which is *four months* away. As
      Jim points out, "better" work may require more time, experience and

      The 11/20 will sit on a table, with some artifacts. There will be a
      plexiglass cover on the top, to make the boards visible but protected.
      I plan to cover the front panel (console) as well, to keep the
      fingerpoken kids off the switches. I am working on these things. Of
      course it will not not NOT be plugged in, as the power supply is
      seperate there is no chance for that.

      The wall behind the table will have two posterboards. On them will be
      some subset of what is displayed on the 11/20 Web page I've made.
      Mostly photos and some descriptive text. There will likely be
      handouts. I'm also considering showing some brief videos of how a
      similar computer, a PDP-8, is operated with its console and with a
      Teletype. This would provide some "operation". The videos are in
      progress, versions are linked on the 11/20 Web page, from a MARCH
      member as noted.

      To a first order, the content of the exhibit will be a subset of the
      11/20 Web page I've already constructed. Again, the Web page was
      intended to be a prototype for other exhibit's Web pages, pages which
      budget-wise only cost time and effort. And, as a reference to discuss
      content and an exhibit - something like Jim's remarks about "paper
      design". I may prototype an actual exhibit on the Web, in a simple way
      if I can.

      Further design is a matter of determining what content and which
      photos will be exhibited, and of course their arrangement and
      composition. Again, cost is not expected to be an issue, these are not
      expensive resources. I'll offer a budget when I have the design
      roughed out, AND see how I can make the signage and photos.

      That is about where I am on this project.

      Please note: this is a forty year old computer, not running, with
      considerable history generally and specific to this box. Most people
      simply would not "know" on sight it's even a "computer". Those
      considerations are determining the nature of the exhibit. Many of
      MARCH's computers are newer, running, generally known, easily
      replaced. So exhibits for them would be different and emphasise
      hands-on and operation, not history of use or design.

      However, as Jim points out, ALL these exhibits need space, display,
      interpretative text and photos on posters and signage. (He did not
      mention Web space, but that is not a budget issue, MARCH has Web space

      So, the 11/20 is an example of a KIND of exhibit, and methods, and
      activities one can follow to design another exhibit. But not to follow
      *exactly*. That's one reason I proposed this work - read prior posts.

      But, since this is a discussion thread about COSTS and BUDGETS for
      MARCH, and not an exhibit design discussion, I'll stop here. Anyone
      who wants to discuss the 11/20, or exhibit design, can use another
      discussion thread, old or new.

      Herb Johnson
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