Why the ‘If’? Letting Exhibit Walls Speak!

Architectural Graphics Spagnola & Associates Office, New York NY

There is no reason to question if walls could talk—just give them a voice! The walls of your exhibition space are an open canvas with innumerable possibilities. A well-designed exhibit wall draws the viewer in, generating excitement, encouraging interaction or creating inquisitiveness. Here are a few things to consider when designing your exhibit wall:


What is the vantage point? Will visitors see the wall from far away or up close, at an angle or head on? Nailing down these answers will allow you to make the best use of the wall space. For example, a narrow hallway could be a great location for a long timeline or maybe what seems like just a large wall mural when viewed up close is made up of smaller individual elements.


Will this be a permanent or changing exhibit? The answer to this question will also address, materials, durability and longevity. Monitors or backlit walls can allow for an easily changeable, low-maintenance exhibit because it would not require re-surfacing or a lot of manual labor.


How will the wall exist within the space? In addition to considering the surface of the wall, it is also important to think about it dimensionally. Altering the shape or texture, or allowing objects to protrude out can add to the exhibit walls overall effect.


Will your exhibit be accommodating? Taking into account ADA guidelines while designing helps ensure that your exhibit wall is user friendly for all populations. Keeping interactivity and key elements within viewable and touchable range will lead to the largest amount of satisfied visitors.

Backlit Exhibition Wall


Do you want the visitor to interact with the wall? Many museums and exhibitions have incorporated interactivity such as giant chalkboards, coloring books and post-it notes to allow the visitor to play a part in the wall creation. Some exhibits have taken another approach, allowing visitors to add or remove specific elements from the wall and with interaction something slowly presents itself.

Ask yourself, If YOUR exhibit walls could talk, what would they say? Now take that if, start planning, and let your exhibition walls speak!