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“Our Neighborhoods” featured in Nov./Dec. 2014 Museum Magazine

In its November/December 2014 issue, Museum Magazine honors award winners who “stand out from the crowd.” One of the featured winners is “Our Neighborhoods,” an interactive we designed for the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)’s new, state-of-the-art facility that opened in December 2012. This activity won the 2014 Gold MUSE Award for Interactive Kiosks at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM)’s 2014 Annual Meeting that took place May 18-21 right here in Seattle, Washington.

“Our Neighborhoods” features an interactive map of Seattle’s quirky areas, highlighting the history and the unique attributes that make each community a great place to call home. Funky graphics, retro music, and pop culture icons from the past situate the activity in its historical context: the postwar era when people began moving to the suburbs and creating new enclaves within Seattle’s sprawl. We connect the history of of the Central Puget Sound’s neighborhoods to the present by offering visitors a detailed quiz that catalogs what they look for in a community and recommends an area that might be a great fit for them – and one that may not be.