U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Gallagher & Associates, Spring 2019 - Summer 2022
Those coming to Washington DC for a glimpse of government in action usually put a visit to Capitol Building on the top of their list. The Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) caters to these visitors by hosting tours, educational programming, souvenirs, and an exhibit experience all underneath the open plaza where folks usually get their portrait photo taken next to the building's signature dome. In the last decade or so, the CVC and associated departments sought to update their exhibit so visitors could better understand the impact of Congress on citizens' everyday lives, and in turn how citizens could impact Congress with their own ideas and actions.
G&A's role was in designing the visitor experience, creating and refining the written stories and artifacts, and creating interactive moments for visitors of all abilities. I assisted and led in the interactive and graphic design of the exhibit, collaborating with each of our teams and stakeholders to create a (hopefully) beloved experience. Each of the following images feature designs that I had a major hand in concepting, developing, or managing.
Glass partitions separate the main exhibit from the Democracy Lab, a room where each wall and table hosts an opportunity to practice the job of a lawmaker. Visitors of all ages can vote on weekly issues, practice speeches, draft bills, and learn about different parts of the nation in each different activity. The room aims to be a lively center of learning and fun.