Wired Worlds

Our prediction of the future of communication was voted as the best piece of design, from the last 25 years, by readers of
Design Week.

In close collaboration with the Museum’s own design team, MET Studio Design concentrated on the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of digital technology, using specially commissioned digital artworks to examine the technology’s cultural and social framework and consider its human-scale implications. The artworks were seamlessly incorporated alongside more didactic exhibits and all exhibits, including the artworks, were interactive by nature.

To confront visitors’ potential fear of technology, all exhibits were stripped down to reveal and demystify their workings. The dark and dramatic built environment also plays down its own structures to reflect the intangibility of digital concepts and the Internet, with graphic treatments hosted by transparent panels, so that the gallery is as open as possible.

“As usual, the best work always shines through clearly and distinctly. The Bradford exhibition, Wired Worlds, demonstrates vision, innovation, technical strength, attractive yet functional design, and that oft-ignored extra – popularity with consumers”
Malcolm Garrett, Chairman of the Judges, Design Week Awards 2000

“Exhibition media and content form a perfect match. Each element of the design aids the communication of displays at an informative – as well as emotive and aesthetic – level, which is exactly what good exhibition design should do”
FRAME magazine



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