Jake Barton is founder and principal of Local Projects, an award-winning media design firm for museums and public spaces. Jake is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content, including the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Storycorps and the Official NYC Information Center.
From Alice Twemlow’s introduction to Jake Barton:
At D-Crit we’re defining a new field and exploring new modes through which to deliver critical thinking about design.
As a discipline in formation we get to borrow ideas and tools from other genres. From film criticism, food criticism, from material culture studies, poetry, even. Tonight we are delighted to turn the spotlight on design—not just design as our subject matter but design as a communicative tool, as a method that might illuminate our practice as writers and critics.
Jake Barton is the founder of Local Projects, a design firm that creates spaces and situations in museums and other public spaces in which stories can be told and shared. He is especially well known for his projects that create contexts for collaborative storytelling such as Storycorps.
Currently, Local Projects is partnered with Thinc Design as lead exhibition designers for The National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. Other projects include media design for The National Museum of American Jewish History, media design for the Official New York City Visitors Information Center, and co-creation of Timescapes for the Museum of the City of New York. He has a master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he currently teaches the master’s thesis class. Before founding Local Projects, Jake worked as an exhibition designer for Ralph Appelbaum Associates for seven years.
We are always looking for new ways to communicate with our many publics and I fully expect Jake to provide us with some new inspirations.
When: 17 Nov 2009, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, 136 West 21st Street, New York, 2nd floor