Smarter Living through interactive exhibits? A case study

Energy Game at the Smart Living Challenge Zone

The Smart Living Challenged Zone was installed at the Two Oceans Aquarium in November 2015 to create awareness around the sustainability issues of water, waste, energy and biodiversity.
Just under a year later, and with up to 1200 visitors to the exhibit each day, we commissioned Anne Van de Poel, a Dutch researcher living in Cape Town, to evaluate the Smart Living Challenge Zone.

Rethinking the process of museum making

Entrance sculpture

Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s biggest township, needs a museum to commemorate the area’s violent history of state-sanctioned racism, political activism and forced evictions. However, the precarious poverty situation in the neighbourhood bears the risk of resistance against any development that may not be seen as an immediate improvement of residents’ living conditions. To address this and other challenges, Formula D interactive devised an alternative approach to museum making. By means of technology tools, service design and interaction design, the project focuses on community engagement and collective oral history recording as a foundation for the new museum.

Designing the future of history in South African museums

Mount Bosiu Interactive mountain exhibit

Local interactive technology design expert Formula D interactive has worked with local museums in Southern Africa on upgrading their exhibitions by introducing various advanced technological elements to transform the museum-goers’ experience.

Infamous South African Prison to be converted into state of the art museum experience

The Old Prison Museum in Pietermaritzburg has exceptional historic significance for South Africa and its people. The building is a monument for the ill-treatment of human rights in South Africa during colonial rule and Apartheid era. Formula D interactive has been commissioned by Project Gateway to produce an interactive museum experience based on a concept the […]

Catch of the day: SA interactive designers hook international science museum project

Cape Town-based interactive design company, Formula D interactive, leads a collaboration of South African specialist firms to design and build a ground-breaking, large-scale audiovisual installation for the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Florida. The museum is set to open in 2015, and  – a powerful, warm ocean current off the […]

Multitouch table helps young people to understand how personal choices affect their lives

The ability to choose is one of the things that makes us human. But making decisions is not always easy. The consequences of one bad decision can affect the rest of our lives. What happens when you’re faced with a difficult choice? Say you’ve just completed high school. Do you get a job or study further?  How do you know what to do? Which path is the right one to choose?

For young people in Uitenhage, Formula D’s Life Choices Touch Table Game is helping them to understand how personal choices affect their lives.

Product design in Cape Town: An interview with Johan du Toit

“Design is an open ended exercise at the best of times, but early involvement narrows the target area. The different design disciplines involved in a project should also work as a team, to align efforts. Branding, communication and product designers often work in isolation from each other leading to an incoherent result.”

Gandhi prison interactive museum project in South Africa seeks funding

Famous prisoner exhibit
The old Burger Street prison in Pietermaritzburg has exceptional historic significance for South Africa and its people. The building is a monument for the ill-treatment of human rights in South Africa during colonial rule and Apartheid regime.

Formula D interactive has been commissioned by Project Gateway to present a conceptual road map for the creation of a state of the art museum within the walls of the prison. Whilst maintaining the original layout and harsh features of the location, the proposed exhibits enhance the authentic experience with information graphics as well as cutting edge multimedia displays.

Opportunities and challenges of digital interactive media in museums and science centres

Museums, Science centres, zoos and aquariums are undergoing a transition with regards to funding, mission and adaptation to a new generation of visitors and their expectations and needs. Digital technology has become part of our everyday lives. Still, it seems that museums, science centres, zoos and aquariums only very slowly embrace new interactive display technology. This text takes a glimpse at the opportunities and challenges of new media technology in these environments offering professionals an overview and inspiration to adapt new technology in their facility.

Gold Loerie Award for interactive digital museum exhibition design

Two of this year’s Loerie Awards were awarded to Formula D interactive and partners for their work on the recently opened Museum of Science and Technology of Islam in Saudi Arabia. Loerie gold was given in the Digital Craft category for the overall design excellence achieved. The outstanding timeline multitouch table was awarded silver. Commissioned […]

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