As a spin-off to an existing exhibition concept, a lighter more travel-friendly version was needed to help tell the good stories of the finalists for INDEX: Award around the world.
Inspired by an abacus and its ability to fuse play and learning, I designed three different sizes of cube-shaped installations made of galvanised steel pipes with rotating building blocks made of foam, thus enabling the audience to play and interact with the exhibition.
The challenge was to communicate complex stories about design solutions in very little space, so I sought inspiration in the news media and created a format where the information was structured in three different sections: Design to Improve Life—Global Challenges—Info. To tell the stories of the finalists they were each assigned a cube in the large installation sculpture. Here their stories were told step-by-step when rotating a cube: one side containing a concise, inspiring headline, the next an image of the design object and thirdly a quick response code where the audience could dive deeper into the story if intrigued and lastly a black, blank side.