d. The Beginning of my UX Career

The Wind Tunnel: The project that sparked my passion in UX Design

The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA || July-Aug 2016

wind-tunnel

What the Tech Museum came to me with: The assembled Wind Tunnel you see on the left of the photo.

The vice president of Education wanted to it to be:

  • sustainable and low budget
  • interactive, stand-alone exhibition that will be on the museum floor indefinitely

So they asked me:

  • to research, prototype, and purchase different materials that visitors could use to build their own vehicle to put into the Wind Tunnel
    • all the materials were not choke hazards, within budget, and sustainable.

Along with that they had asked me to do above, I created:

  • the first draft of the instructional poster since it would be a stand-alone exhibition.
  • ¬†designs of a cabinet (shown below) that would minimize the mess which you can see start to form in the photo above.

I took into account the different heights of visitors and the limited storage space the Tech Museum. My goal was to have a compact storage cabinet that could hold all the necessary materials as well as expand into the necessary table top surface for visitors to create their vehicles.

Though my internship is over, I volunteer every other Sunday at the Tech Museum to continue my internship work and help my team with their work. I find a great museum experience means great user experience design, and there is a need for a balance between what the staff can do and what the guests may want.