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Exhibition designers work on cultural exhibitions including museums and galleries, or on commercial exhibitions which include showcase events, trade shows and conferences.
Designers need to create an exhibition that works on several levels. It must:
They base their designs on their interpretation of the client's ideas and requirements and also provide their own ideas in relation to product concept and customer appeal.
Some designers may also have responsibility for overseeing the implementation and building of the exhibition or display stand, while others may specialise in just one specific area.
The work varies between roles and employers. Larger firms may specialise and have account managers handling initial negotiations with the client.
In commercial exhibition work, tasks typically include:
You are likely to have several different one-off projects in progress at any one time. The role may include project management, which is likely to involve responsibility for aspects such as furniture, stock-panel, lighting and rig rental, pre-event marketing, packaging, delivery and storage.
Museum exhibition work involves many similar activities to those outlined above, but tasks specific to museum design include:
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