Visual Design | Book Design
This for That, That for This is an exhibit ideally hosted at the Boston Children's Museum featuring an interactive learning experience that teaches children how to barter. The idea is based upon the idea that children do not understand how much money is actually worth. Giving them the opportunity to start to learn how much things are worth is a rewarding experience. Through my personal collection of sea glass, children use each piece to analyze and figure out how much each sea glass is worth in comparison to another object. With the explanations taken by School House Rock the Bartering song, it is displayed in a booklet with pages to write and draw on.
This project has a very personal connection to my life. Based on my personal collection of sea glass, I was raised by a mother that grew up at the beach and taught me to train my eye to find every piece of sea glass. When she was young her babysitter created a system that gave worth to each piece of sea glass she found and received a reward to trade. Learning from physical things gives an immediate connection to children that they will remember forever. The goal for this project was to communicate these ideas through exploration and independent learning.
The process was continuous. Starting with the different pieces of sea glass, I observed different characteristics and described my collection’s story. Once I had developed my idea and picked the museum in which it would be best to be presented, I started experimenting to find the visual style of This for That. The visuals are based on the simple crayon drawings of the sea glass pieces and developed it into the exhibit identity. Content of the exhibit was the next step. After extensive research and digging into my childhood, the best way I learned complex topics was through the School House Rock collection of songs. They communicate quickly what the topic is about and children are able to articulate those ideas in school. I pulled lyrics from the "barter" song and I found an effective way to communicate with children the difficult topic.