May 2018 / Plymouth
Getty Museum Exhibit Style Guides
This guide outlines the various types of texts and graphics offered to adult visitors to the J. Paul Getty Museum. It addresses audience, approach, style, and content for the full array of interpretive materials to help curators and other authors prepare appropriate and engaging gallery texts and graphics for the permanent collections and exhibitions. The guide also includes design specifications for each element and offers ideas, suggestions, goals, and tips for preparing interpretive materials.
Download the Complete Guide (PDF).
Download the Quick Guide (PDF).
Victoria & Albert Gallery Text Guide
These guidelines offer a quick survey of the main principles of writing good gallery text. They have been written for V&A staff but may, of course, have a wider application.
Download the V&A 10-Point Guide (PDF).
Oakland Museum of California Art
How Visitors Changed Our Museum focuses on how we kept the visitor experience at the forefront as we transformed the museum for the 21st century.
Download the Transformation Report (PDF)
BIBLIOGRAPHY / MUSEUM HISTORY & PRACTICE
Inside the Lost Museum
by Steven Lubar (Harvard University Press, 2017; 408 pages; $25)
Inside the Lost Museum documents the work of museum curators, past and present, and suggests how institutions can enrich the educational and aesthetic experience of their visitors. Woven throughout the book is the story of the Jenks Museum at Brown University, a nineteenth-century display of natural history, anthropology, and curiosities that disappeared in 1915.
BIBLIOGRAPHY / EXHIBIT CREATION
Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach
by Beverly Serrell (Roman & Littlefield, 2015; 363 pages; $28)
Beverly Serrell presents the reader with guidelines on the process of exhibit label planning, writing, design, and production. A leading consultant and label writer, Serrell’s 1996 edition of Exhibit Labels had been a standard in the field since its initial publication. This new edition not only provides expert guidance on the art of label writing for diverse audiences and explores the theoretical and interpretive considerations of placing labels within an exhibition, it also features new case studies and thoughts about interpretation in digital media.
Exhibition Design: An Introduction
by Philip Hughes (Laurence King Publishing, 2015; 232 pages; $28)
Exhibition Design (2d ed.) describes the skills needed to become an exhibition designer, including: developing a brief; design principles for graphics, circulation, lighting, and accessibility; presenting ideas to clients; and the practicalities of production. A wealth of visual material includes photographs of completed exhibitions by world-renowned designers, concept drawings, computer renderings, charts and tables of information for all sorts of exhibitions. This second edition includes new examples, updated information on the latest digital technology, and expanded coverage of interactives and sound and film.
BIBLIOGRAPHY / GRAPHIC DESIGN & WRITING
The Non-Designers Design Book
by Robin Williams (Peachpit Press, 2015; 239 pages; $25)
For nearly 20 years, Robin Williams has introduced designers and non-designers to the fundamental principles of great design. This fourth edition of The Non-Designer’s Design Book offers even more practical advice, and new visual and typographic examples to inspire creativity.
The Elements of Style
by Strunk & White (Pearson, 1999; 105 pages; $6.50)