Texas Rabbit Works Visitor Information Centre An interactive experience of the history of the Southern Downs rabbit industry Client: Goondiwindi Regional Council Category: Visitors Centre Date: May 2017 The Texas Rabbit Experience is an interactive display telling the intriguing story of the Southern Downs rabbit industry, through the eyes of the local people. The Riverside…
Interpretation is a process which at its core goal seeks to enhance meaning. This could be through teaching, storytelling, writing, art, design or curation. The interpreter seeks to communicate more than the facts, they seek to create and enrich understanding and connection through experiential learning. Brandi Projects have provided interpretive design, planning and fabrication for museums, visitor centres and galleries both in Queensland and across Australia. We have over 30 years’ experience in scientific, environmental, cultural and Indigenous, historical and heritage interpretation.
Our job in design and fabrication of your visitor experience, exhibit, or display is to make connections by telling stories in new and interesting ways. Interpretation helps to bridge the gap between the audience and the subject. Facts on science, history, art or nature can be brought to life in new and exciting ways for the audience. Not simply for entertainment, the purpose can also be to stimulate further action, such as in conservation interpretation.
We make meaningful connections
The first person to set down theories about heritage interpretation, Freeman Tilden, said that “the use of original objects, by firsthand experience and by illustrative media” reveals meanings and relationships for the visitor:
“Through interpretation, understanding; through understanding, appreciation, through appreciation, protection,” Freeman Tilden.
Good interpretation involves all the senses in one whole immersive experience.
For instance, historical facts can be presented in such a way that the visitor is able to ‘step into’ history, rather than simply be told information about it. They can absorb sights, sounds, and emotional experiences and engage with real-life stories. Built environments, artefacts, lighting, sound and film can assist in producing multi-sensory engagement for historical displays.
“Interpretation communicates ideas, information and knowledge in a way which helps visitors to make sense of their environment. Good interpretation will create engaging, unique and meaningful experiences for visitors and takes many forms including such things as guided walks, talks, drama, art, sculpture, displays, signs, brochures and electronic media,” explains Interpretation Australia.
Interpretation centre design and planning
We help with your visitor experience strategy, reflecting your goals and needs, and that of your prospective audience. This involves building a roadmap for how your concepts will be communicated. It means planning how to bring the experiences out of stories and ideas for a varied audience.
Design concepts are used to interpret stories and ideas in new and interesting ways. Interpretive design goals are to bring forth inspiration, emotion, and reflection, thereby creating a powerful audience-subject connection. This leads to greater understanding and engagement.
We can work with trusted experts in the field of natural, cultural or heritage interpretation. We ensure that design, fabrication and technology, interactivity, curation and planning are a cohesive unit working towards building audience understanding.
Malanda Falls Visitor Centre Linking nature, culture and heritage for a world-class visitor experience. Client: Tablelands Regional Council Category: Visitors Centre Date: September 2013 One of Queensland’s great tourist magnets, the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre was an amazing storytelling experience and a visitors centre that we are proud to have designed and fabricated. A tourist attraction which…
Artesian Time Tunnel, “Cunnamulla Fella” Visitor Information Centre An interactive journey through time at the Artesian Basin Client: Paroo Shire Council Category: Visitors Centre Date: September 2009 Interactive displays with audio-visual elements can tell stories in an exciting way to engage the public at a visitor information centre. At the Artesian Waters Visitor’s Centre, these elements enhance…
Queen Air Display, Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame RFDS Gallery A retired vintage Queen Air plane suspended from the ceiling. Client: Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre Category: Museums Date: March 2015 We love rising to the task of bringing elements to life in new and interesting ways. A great example of…
Museum Zoo Exhibition, Queensland Museum Static and interactive displays highlight Museum’s collection of animals Client: Queensland Museum Category: Museums Date: May 2010 The Museum Zoo exhibition at the Queensland Museum focused on animal size and survival. The exhibit spectacularly showed off some of the animals from the museum’s biodiversity collection, whilst also drawing attention to…
Dinosaurs in Energex Playasaurus Place – Queensland Museum Discovering how energy works from prehistoric times to the present. Client: Queensland Museum Category: Museums Date: 2010 The dinosaur garden, now known as Energex Playasaurus Place, is an iconic part of the Queensland Museum designed to engage a young audience. It was refurbished and renamed after the…
Let’s work together to build an engaged audience
We look forward to hearing about your upcoming project.