We are delighted to announce that after four years in development, the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Philadelphia is very nearly complete and ready for its grand opening. We were appointed as exhibition graphic designers in 2009 and have worked closely alongside lead consultant Casson Mann to fully refurbish and create a new biographical museum for one of the most significant figureheads in American history. The subterranean museum, beneath Venturi, Scott Brown’s ‘ghost house’ in Franklin Court, is divided into five themes, each one presenting a different side of his character: family man; printer; citizen; scientist; and diplomat. The graphic interpretation design is a modern take on eighteenth century book and editorial design layouts, using bright colour highlights and a modern serif typeface that references historical printing types like Plantin.
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