Museum Design Talk

Many Biology students opt for careers in journalism, the media, broadcasting and also in teaching. All these careers involve the explanation of complex scientific ideas to non-experts.

The module 'Science, Museums and the Public' (BL4291) aims to examine how science in general, and natural history in particular, is presented to the public in a variety of locations.

The second half of the course includes production of a display in a temporary exhibition case, and this talk introduces ideas relating to exhibit and graphic design, as well as design process and constraints, in relation to communicating science in the context of a Museum or visitor centre.

Some useful texts:


Some useful books:

  • The Non-Designer’s Design Book Robin Williams
  • Communicating Science Michael Shortland & Jane Gregory
  • Universal Principles of Design William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler
  • Envisioning Information Edward R. Tufte


If you would like to find out more about this talk, please contact Steve Smart.

If you would like to find out more about the 'Science, Museums and the Public' module (poster), please contact Martin Milner (please mention this page).