An elegant and enlightening new building opened to the public on July 19th in Pittsburgh. This space was designed for a particular purpose: orienting visitors with interactive wayfinding, and connecting visitors to The Frick Pittsburgh’s exciting collections of art and artifacts. Across their campus, visitors can explore an art museum, a car & carriage museum, and the splendid historic mansion (Clayton)—where famed Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick and his family resided.
The Frick invited Belle & Wissell to the team in 2012 to craft digital wayfinding and participatory educational experiences for the new orientation center. In collaboration with lead architect Jon Traficonte from Boston architects, Schwartz/Silver, and The Frick’s internal team—Belle & Wissell designed and engineered a suite of interactive projects that are all gracefully featured in the building’s interior design.
The Frick Multiplex is a media installation made up of three large displays that present exhibition and event information as well as admissions and membership content.
Frick CollectionView is an installation of large, adjacent multi-touch tables where visitors can manipulate and share highlights of The Frick collection. Kids can also explore categories such as special collections and even categories made just for their age group.
StoryView is a system of Frick stories presented through an interactive book-like interface on a set of four iPads (in the Learning Lounge area). Each story is accessed via a visual timeline interface that contains Frick scrapbooks and a range of media presentation, with stories crafted by The Frick’s education and curatorial teams.
The Frick Interactive Map is a touch-based wayfinding interactive that presents an overview of the campus, previews Frick buildings and displays, and demonstrates the best routes (and estimated walking times) for each.
Through this interactive orientation center, Frick Pittsburg’s visitors are now better connected with the array of museum offerings and participate in the learning environment to create lasting memories.
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The latest release from Belle & Wissell Editions, “R.H. Wissell’s Lost Recordings” is an experimental record project that examines Wissell’s use of musical theory to explore and advance his time travel research. This project features acclaimed composers and producers Steve Fisk and Wayne Horvitz, concert pianist Cristina Valdes, writer and musician David Drury (Tennis Pro), and monologue voice talent from Fire Sign Theater’s David Ossman.
A collective of “scientific enthusiasts” or The Society for the Preservation of Time Travel Studies presents this volume of Wissell’s scientific research (recordings) to foster discussion about whether there is indeed a connection between music and time travel. Their examination of his work centers on the two very different styles of music presented on the record, especially curious because the second track on side A contains methods of sound making that would not have been possible for Wissell to create in 1910. Also, Wissell’s own voice recordings (accompanying the music on side B) highlight the connections he’s made between the two.
This project is a collaboration between Belle & Wissell and DCC Experience, with an array of vital contributors. This project became a natural extension from collaborations on EMP Museum exhibit projects with DCC producers William Ronan and Steve Fisk. “R.H. Wissell’s Lost Recordings” is part of the series “The Story of Belle and Wissell®” from Belle & Wissell Editions.
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With over 10 years of business under its belt, Belle & Wissell has recently purchased a cluster of three historic buildings (in partnership with exhibit fabricator Lockwood & Sons) in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood for adaptive reuse. These buildings are being collectively redeveloped under an umbrella vision called Oxbow.
The property will include ever-evolving spaces for experimentation and collaboration. Oxbow will host and present installations, performances, workshops, films, lectures, and gatherings. Belle & Wissell will have an expanded facility which will include its design offices and an improved environment for prototyping its client and self-initiated projects.
Oxbow will also include a public event and installation space, a fabrication shop for design-build company Lockwood & Sons, accommodations for an artist-in-residence, and plans for adjacent restaurant and retail spaces. Oxbow’s redevelopment project team includes architect Jay Deguchi of Suyama Peterson Deguchi, H. Dufour Construction, and Lockwood & Sons.
Stay tuned for updates and announcements. Phase 1 construction is expected to be complete by early 2015.
Belle & Wissell (in partnership with Dog Green Productions) has created a suite of new interactive media projects for three new visitor centers in Europe—all are new initiatives from the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Project previews are now available on the Belle & Wissell website.
As part of the 70th anniversary of the Allied Forces’ Normandy invasion in 1944, ABMC has just opened the Point du Hoc Ranger Memorial (Normandy, France), where the dramatic multimedia story is told: Army Rangers heroically fought and scaled the massive bluffs and took out the Germans’ long-range guns—having a significant impact on the outcome of the invasion. President Obama is expected to visit in early June as part of the 70th anniversary festivities.
On Memorial Day in Cambridge, England (1 hour north of London), another American visitor center just opened which includes the interactive stories of the Battle of the Atlantic Campaign, The Strategic Bombing Campaign, and a World War II Timeline.
Meanwhile, in the beach town of Nettuno, Italy (1 hour south of Rome), another new Rome-Sicily Visitor Center opens, and includes multiple interactive campaigns and timelines–among traditional exhibit elements.
Visit the American Battle Monuments Commission website for information about visiting these memorials.Project previews are now available on the Belle & Wissell website.
Founder and Design Director Gabe Kean is doing a series of presentations in 2014 for Webvisions, titled “Designer as Artist” and “Form Following Function”. For information on attending, look no further.
Belle & Wissell’s studio has always been at home in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Georgetown has a rich and exciting past that can be explored through a vast photographic slideshow (assembled from Seattle’s deepest archives).
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The Belle & Wissell’s team released their new website this week, presenting the studio’s collection of over 90 projects across multiple mediums including media experiences, interactives, retail & edition projects, and exhibitions. This occasion also marks a 10-year milestone since the studio began in 2003 (initially known as Gabe Kean Design).
The new website includes tailored experiences for desktop, tablet, and mobile visitors.
The film “Her Aim is True” (directed by Karen Whitehead) about 96-year-old rock photography pioneer Jini Dellaccio is being well-received in the Northwest film festival circuit and beyond including Seattle International Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, Tall Grass Film Festival, and the Gig Harbor Film Festival.
Belle & Wissell co-produced and art directed the film (production began in 2009) and included an assembled team of local production talent such as John Jeffcoat (Outsourced) as cinematographer, Ryan McMakin as director of photography, and Adam Powers on sound. The film has won the Audience Award at the Tacoma Film Festival. Learn how you can support this important film.
Take a look at Belle & Wissell’s brand new magazine on Flipboard for a regular smattering of creative and technical inspiration…including architecture, typography, photography, and interesting ephemera from the past.
Watch Gabe Kean and Thomas Ryun’s presentation at Creative Mornings in Seattle (2012) as they walk through some key projects and provide some insight on the Belle & Wissell process. Includes behind-the-scenes looks at “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses” (exhibit graphic design and interactives), The Clyfford Still Museum Interactive Timeline” (interactive exhibit), “True Evel: The Amazing Story of Evel Knievel” (exhibition and arcade game design), and “Your Face is Puzzling to Me” (streetscape media installation).