I interned at the Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh, NC, with the graphics and program teams. I did a variety of design work for them, including illustrating educational masks/toys, creating signage, and developing a summer theme for their lobby and threshold area, all while maintaining continuity with their established brand.
A new program was beginning to take off in the garden area, and I got the opportunity to do some illustrations for it. Here I have some initial icon designs and a sample of the coloring pages I created.
This was mostly a conceptual project (as I wasn't able to be there for the final product), but designing potential looks for the lobby and entrance area fitting the museum's "Summer Fresh" theme was my biggest undertaking. I got to learn a lot about the chain-of-command process, creating iterations, getting ideas approved, etc.
My final result was a bubble theme, intending for the shapes to be cut from coroplast (a material the museum uses for many of their props) and layered. The design is fun, colorful, and playful without being too scenario-based (they weren't looking for a scene or story, but a general visual that expressed summer fun). I also wove in an element of interaction in the form of a scavenger hunt, so that children could find different objects hidden in the bubbles.
A new puzzle game was being added to one of the interactive, brain-teaser exhibits and I was asked to illustrate three characters that would be used for it. I tried a variety of ideas, and the three bears were chosen for the final product. The idea behind the game is to have the child follow a series of clues to place each bear in its right place.
Painting birdhouses was a fun side-project I did some days in between these other projects. Initially, the birdhouses were built and painted by children in one of the museum's programs, I added some fun bird-themed graphics to the houses that some children had chosen to donate to the garden.