Plant-Based Joy!
A speculative experience on learning about Plant-Based Eating
Skills: Physical/Digital Prototyping (SketchUp & VRAY), Branding, and Environmental UX
Timeframe: 1 1/2 Months
Setting: Individual (Project)

Intro

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Overview

Plant-based Joy! is more than an exhibit. Rather, it's a market, cooking, and dining experience that explores the limitless health and environmental benefits to plant-based eating! Visitors select a dish, pick the ingredients by hand, cook with an on-site plant-based chef, and converse with friends at the dining table.

Project Brief:
Create a temporary exhibition featuring a topic for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. They want to use digital technology to enhance the visitor’s experience in ways they are not currently doing. Consider how technology can augment content, increase learning and/or make the museum experience more interactive.

Demo

The images below design the anticipated walking and interaction experience. The animation to the left shows a topographic view summarizing the overall user flow.

Visitor Greeting
Visitors are greeted and select a meal they desire to cook. Attendants are provided a recipe card that contains the list of ingredients to gather.

Discover!
Visitors collect ingredients for one out of the four plant-based dishes. The attendant at the entrance desk will help visitors with any questions.

Digital interaction & Waiting Queue
To inform visitors on the environmental benefits of plant-based eating, projection mapping and NFC technology are used. When visitors select their meal, the paper recipe has an integrated NFC chip that contains data about the meal. Once the visitor gathers all ingredients, they wait in the queue that also serves the technological component to the exhibit.

Cook!
After visitors wait in the interactive queue line, they are paired with one out of two on-site chefs to cook their dish. Through this, visitors are able to ask questions and have fun cooking!

Enjoy!
Once visitors cook their meals, bon appétit! Visitors can converse and eat at a communal dining table. *Scheduled time slots would be used to limit backlog at the queue and kitchen spaces.

Instagram Integration:​​​​​​​
To consider the aspect of memorability, the formation of a 4:5 ratio wall surfaced in front of the communal table seen above. Making this space social media-friendly was something I wanted to achieve. The wall is sized as 8' by 10'…the ratio size Instagram uses for posts serving as a perfect frame.

Expand for Process

Physical Model + Schematics

Reflections

Finding the sweet spot of blending technology and human based interaction: 
From dinner with family, first-dates, to baking with friends, food is a fundamental pillar to human interaction. When tasked with using technology to uplift the experience, I wanted to let both human-based and technological interaction shine equally. 

Thinking beyond the space...What goes beyond this experience?
My goal for this museum is to create a lasting impression on visitors to consider plant-based eating. To achieve this, I wanted to provide experiences that were both memorable and impactful like the Instagram friendly Enjoy table and the new knowledge of plant-based dishes. 

Personal workflows in environments based designs:
As this is my first take on designing for physical spaces, I grew into my methods of conceiving physical spaces. I found that working in physical models first to understand the flow and then going digital to get into the nitty-gritty technical specifications was essential to create a well-proportioned space.