CBM

Multi-sensory exhibition

CBM asked us to design a foyer for people with seeing, hearing and walking impairment, a space that creates a branded and multi-sensory experience.

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Client
Christoffel-Blindenmission Deutschland e.V.
Services
UX Concept, Workshop, Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Exhibition Design, Prototyping
Implementation
12 months with 15 people
Outcome
Brand Space
A volume control at a multisensory station in an inclusive exhibition of CBM.

Challenge

How do you design an exhibition allowing for a self-determined experience for blind, deaf, mentally and physically challenged people?

Result

A foyer exhibition with various experience stations that convey Christoffel-Blindenmission’s topics in an inclusive way and give impulses for social exchange.

Value

Inclusive UX design is more than accessibility. It is a multi-sensory experience that is enriching for everyone and takes the needs of all users into account, regardless of age, gender, origin or impairment.

The Christoffel-Blindenmission (CBM) is an internationally operating development aid organization and one of Germany’s 20 largest aid organizations. Its aim is to improve the living conditions of blind, deaf, mentally and physically handicapped people on the basis of Christian values and acting preventively. Eatch was entrusted with the task of conceiving and implementing an interactive and inclusive exhibition experience for the headquarters in Bensheim.

The CBM building from the street side with the entrance door and the advertising sign in front.
The CBM foyer with the multisensory wall simulating visual and hearing impairments and sensitizing the visitor to CBM topics.
A blind man palpates the plaque with braille writing on the Ernst Jakob Christoffel statue.

The multi-sensory experience stations allow for a change of perspective, giving insight into living with an impairment and making CBM’s important work comprehensible.

Visitors interact on the multisensory wall, which simulates visual and hearing impairments in the foyer of the CBM.
Visitors interact on the multisensory wall, which simulates visual impairments in the foyer of the CBM.
Visitors palpate the sublime dots of the braille script and understand how it feels to use their sense of touch to read information in the foyer of the CBM.
Visitors write down their wishes for the analog interactive wish tree, which is used as a guestbook or in workshops in the foyer of the CBM.

The inclusively designed information boards give challenged visitors the possibility to inform and orient themselves self-determinedly. In addition to Braille writing, longer texts are available as audio versions, playing automatically when the headphones are picked up. Considering the hearing impaired, volume can be adjusted individually.

Visitors listen to the spoken text at the multisensory media station in front of the analog interactive wish tree in the foyer of the CBM.
Visitors press a button that triggers the sound in the headphones to change and simulates a hearing impairment at the multisensory media station in the foyer of the CBM.
A volume control at a multisensory station in an inclusive exhibition of CBM.

The interactive glass mosaic is an atmospheric element based on the Richter church window that mindfully incites to interact. Each mosaic piece is touch-sensitive and gives the user the possibility to change the light colour or draw any pattern on the wall.

Play through touch interaction with the interactive light mosaic in the foyer of the CBM.
Control of an interactive light mosaic with a control app in the foyer of the CBM.
Painting through touch interaction on the interactive light mosaic in the foyer of the CBM.
Touch interaction with the interactive light mosaic in the foyer of the CBM.
Multi-touch gestures by a CBM visitor on led wall

Partners

Interior Design: COORDINATION sg design GmbH

Glass mosaic: volatiles lighting GmbH

Audio stations: m.o.l.i.t.o.r. GmbH

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