Ideas & Insight

Drawing in Space

January 10 2018 // Work Drawing in Space

    Artist collective Numen/For Use created an interactive installation titled "Tape Des Moines," which spans the entire I. M. Pei building.   Artist Dave Eppley created a colorful work of art in the lobby of the Art Center Eliel Saarinen building titled "Set One, Set Two."   Artist Monika Grzymala created a series of pieces called "Raumzeichnung – Drawing Spatially" in the Anna K. Meredith Gallery.     ...

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Iowa Museum Week

June 15 2017 // Work Iowa Museum Week

This year marks the first year of the now annual Iowa Museum Week, and we’re smack dab in the middle of it. The state of Iowa boasts approximately 400 museums. Big and small, indoors or out, there’s a lot to see and a lot to learn, and at many of Iowa’s Museums, you can learn more by exploring interactive exhibits built by your pals at Applied Art & Technology! Here’s a rundown of a few of our favorites! 1. The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, Waterloo, Iowa The mission of...

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Touch Table Explains Pioneer Seed Technology

November 5 2013 // Work Touch Table Explains Pioneer Seed Technology

Today's seed technology provides ag producers with drought and insect protection far beyond that available to the last generation of farmers. But understanding the value, features and methodology of these technologies can be a challenge. Multi-touch Technology At recent farm shows multi-touch technology provided producers an opportunity to learn about two of these technologies - Pioneer AQUAmax™ and AcreMax™. When a visitor places a miniature seed bag onto a multi-touch table, a corn plant grows out of the bag. Touch options appear to take the visitor to testimonials, side-by-side trials, infographics, product searches and...

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Pacific Science Center Interactives

July 11 2013 // Work Pacific Science Center Interactives

Seattle's Pacific Science Center launched its new 7,000-square-foot Wellbody Academy exhibit in December 2012. The exhibit is packed full of interactives showing visitors how everyday choices affect their health and encouraging them to be proactive in pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Amaze Design in Boston worked with PSC to concept this unique exhibit. Group Delphi from Alameda, the exhibit fabricator, selected Applied Art & Technology to bring selected interactives to life: The Food Analyzer creates a fun, immersive experience encouraging visitors to consider the nutritional value of foods before including them in their daily...

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Museum Interactives

April 25 2013 // Work

The Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, Iowa, held its fourth annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 20th. The open house launched the museum's new exhibition Danish Modern: Design for Living, which features Danish design from the 50s and 60s. Some characteristics of Danish Modern include a beautiful fusion of form and function, and flawless craftsmanship that ensures the high quality of this functional art. The museum requested Applied Art to create AV interactives for the Danish Modern exhibit, for which Applied Art provided all of the hardware. The Danish Design Today interactive, located on...

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Carrie Chapman Catt Multi-touch Table

July 7 2012 // Work

At first glance, you wouldn't know it's a museum. It looks like an Iowa farm - a house, a barn, large trees, and remnants of farming life from a century ago. This special place near Charles City, Iowa, is more than a farm; it signifies an important piece of American history. Here lies the girlhood home, which has been converted into a museum, of Carrie Lane Chapman Catt, an important proponent in the women's suffrage movement. Since the museum attracts people of all ages, the museum staff wanted to utilize technology to connect their visitors...

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Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, Wyoming

August 30 2011 // Work

"What does it mean?"  "We haven't done anything wrong." "Why are they treating us like criminals?" "But I am an American citizen." Endless questions of the Japanese people living in the States raced on and on. Why were they being imprisoned at Heart Mountain? How did this happen? With the attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II in full swing, the resentment and fear of all Japanese people brought about the apparent need to corral these people in one centralized place, which would be called Heart Mountain. This self-contained area in...

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Civil War Mobile Exhibit Trailer

May 4 2011 // Work

The State Historical Society of Iowa celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War on April 12th through the grand-opening of its Civil War mobile trailer exhibit. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was honored with the ribbon-cutting of the History on the Move trailer, which will travel to various venues throughout the state. Applied Art had the privilege to facilitate its interior and exterior design and renovation (previously it housed an Abraham Lincoln exhibit), in collaboration with Jennie Bailey of the Historic Iowa Exhibit Design ...

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New Interactive Tracks Iowa's Civil War Regiments

January 5 2011 // Work

When visiting Waterloo, stop by the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum. Applied Art worked with the museum staff to develop a high-definition Civil War chronology and an interactive that tracks the travels of each of Iowa's 63 regiments through the war. You can view more examples of our interactive and museum work by visiting our Interactive Media microsite.

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