Projects

My interactive exhibits and experiences work merges the field of Interaction Design with the particular domain expertise of my various clients. We work collaboratively to develop projects to engage their public in meaningful and delightful ways. I enjoy working with challenging material or project contexts.


A Human-Centered Design Process

Because the projects are often the first of their kind, I begin with domain research and frequently partner with experts in the particular field. I build on this knowledge base by using a human-centered design process where I design and iterate extensively with the end-users until I arrive at an interactive experience that is informative and delightful. Here is a sampling of some of my work.

If you would like to learn more, and discuss how this process could be applied to your project, please contact me.


Shown at left: Sainsbury Wellcome Centre Colonade Exhibit.

 

 

The Great Calculation Residencies, SF and LA

The Great Calculation Residencies, SF and LA

Early calculators were unwieldy, noisy, smelly machines that required constant maintenance. Mechanical engineer Mark Glusker collects them and Maria Mortati explored them during residencies at Machine Project and Southern Exposure Gallery. 

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Baltimore Museum of Art, Interactive Education Spaces

Baltimore Museum of Art, Interactive Education Spaces

Sometimes, the public finds contemporary art "unfriendly" or hard to understand. The BMA was opening a new contemporary wing and wanted to transform one of the galleries into a space to help give people skills to engage with contemporary art. Through a collaborative...

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Hammer Museum, Machine Project, the Giant Hand

Hammer Museum, Machine Project, the Giant Hand

Through the Public Engagement Artist-in-Residence Program at the Hammer, explored interventions to address wayfinding and lunchtime audiences. Our inquiry resulted in a large, physical installation, The Giant Hand. This mechanized, informational sign points visitors...

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Children’s Creativity Museum San Francisco, Redesign

Children’s Creativity Museum San Francisco, Redesign

Led the exhibition redesign transforming the Main Gallery and related spaces from Zeum to the Children’s Creativity Museum. This consisted of crafting a sustainable vision, and leading design through the opening. Managed teams, budgets, and resources. This resulted in...

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San Francisco Mobile Museum

San Francisco Mobile Museum

The SFMM was an experimental museum platform where exhibits were often annual and resulted from a challenge-based approach to the general public. The first exhibition was a dual city collaboration with the Denver Community Museum. The SFMM has appeared at sites such...

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Gyroscope Inc., Various Projects

Gyroscope Inc., Various Projects

As an exhibit developer and designer, I worked on a variety of innovative, new, museum projects.  These included: The Leonardo, The Bishop Science Adventure Center, The San Francisco Zoo, and The Oslo Barnemuseum. Often with a focus on interactives.

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The Exploratorium, Outdoor Exploratorium project

The Exploratorium, Outdoor Exploratorium project

As an employee of the Exploratorium, worked on the N.S.F. Funded “Outdoor Exploratorium” grant. During the Research and Prototyping phase,  conceived, built and tested prototypes with team, public and evaluators. In collaboration, developed the project Conceptual...

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San Francisco, Bay Area Furniture Art

San Francisco, Bay Area Furniture Art

BAFA was the first survey of its kind in the region that looked at the intersection of art, craft, and design. Included curating, exhibit development, catalog, exhibit design, and production. Became an annual event for several years subsequently curated by staff from...

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Bay Area Now 2

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Bay Area Now 2

Co-created a large, interactive installation which consisted of a product showroom “metatherapy.com,” by artist Neil Grimmer. Concept development through installation consisted of a kiosk-to-modified pager system, with accompanying interactives, wall art, website, and...

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