California Academy of Sciences
Islands of Evolution exhibit

The east exhibit gallery, Islands of Evolution, examines the Academy's various expeditions and research in the Galápagos Islands and Madagascar with a focus on evolution.

Islands of Evolution exhibit
Islands of Evolution exhibit
Islands of Evolution exhibit

The lyrical images printed in the background of the wall panels reflect the module content and attract the visitor to the exhibit.

Islands of Evolution exhibit

Don't miss the case with ladybugs the science interns meticulously pinned one at a time. How many did they have to do? We lost count at 3500.

Islands of Evolution exhibit

The challenge: Design 20,000 square feet of exhibit space in Renzo Piano’s new museum, have it blend seamlessly into the building and the park setting, and then engage, educate and inspire a global audience. The Islands of Evolution exhibit examines the Academy's various expeditions and research in the Galápagos and Madagascar with a focus on evolution. We co-opted the scientific specimen box as a method of organizing content with a contemporary spin, allowing for the different kinds of information to be arranged in varied and compelling ways, creating a non-linear, “contemporary cabinet of curiosities.”

TESTIMONIAL
  • "Volume’s comprehensive approach to design and understanding of the exhibit experience was invaluable in accomplishing our goals."

  • Chris Andrews, Chief of Public Programs, California Academy of Sciences

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  • "I’ve been meaning to say how great the exhibits look in the space!"

  • Rhonda Rubenstein, creative director, California Academy of Sciences

RECOGNITION
  • AIGA (Re)Design Awards / First Place

  • AIGA San Francisco Cause and Effect awards / Best in Category and Judges' choice

  • Communication Arts / "Exhibit" feature

  • Communication Arts Design Annual

  • Fast Company / “The California Academy of Sciences Delivers a Sustainable Message With Sustainable Exhibition Design”

  • Graphis Design 2010

  • Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes

  • Metropolis, "Green Design's Grand Experiment"

  • Print Regional Design Annual

  • SEGD / Honor award

  • Spark Awards

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