Let's Play! New England Toy Stories

Heritage Museums & Gardens, 2020

Sandwich, Massachusetts

An exhibit for families about the history of toy design and manufacturing in New England

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Entry wall
Entry wall

The entry wall welcomes visitors with introductory text and invites them to guess the identities of the colorful toy silhouettes along the base of the wall

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Wall case for learning toys
Wall case for learning toys

The cases are color-coded by theme. The objects here were light-sensitive so we added a motion sensor to trigger this case's interior lighting.

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Standalone case for AC Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab
Standalone case for AC Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab

Don't worry, this toy had the radioactive pieces removed before display

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Toy manufacturing timeline
Toy manufacturing timeline

This timeline shows significant moments in toy manufacturing history in both New England and the greater US

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Movement toys zone
Movement toys zone

Each section of the exhibit has an introductory label, quotes, and "Key Player" labels that spotlight individual New England toy designers

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Wall case for imaginative play toys
Wall case for imaginative play toys

The client wanted a fun, nostalgic feel for the exhibit so I designed the cases to resemble mid-century modern furniture

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Child and wheelchair-user friendly casework
Child and wheelchair-user friendly casework

Because the exhibit was about toys, the client wanted to focus on family audiences. I designed the large wall cases nice and low for small visitors. This height works well for wheelchair users as well.

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Floor play zone and cozy den
Floor play zone and cozy den

We created a floor play zone for young visitors with low shelves they could access all by themselves

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Cozy den
Cozy den

I chose comfy, colorful furniture to entice visitors to gather and play board games together

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