Alan Turing and Life’s Enigma

Client

  • Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) - The University of Manchester, UK
  • Manchester Museum, UK

Background

Focused on Turing's work in the fields of maths and biology, 'Alan Turing and Life's Enigma' explores the scientist's work in morphogenesis through a collection of museum objects and Turing's own research notes, providing a fascinating look at how the patterns and shapes of animals and plants might develop.

Commissioned to create a graphic scheme that paid homage to the period in which the eminent mathematician and Bletchly Park figurehead Alan Turing worked, the 1950s aesthetic was a key starting point for the visual direction and interpretation.

Solution

In collaboration with curators Henry McGhie and Dr Alice Nicholls, complex and multi-sources of information were interpreted. Features including an 8 meter timeline providing 'bites' of information and a series of bespoke main interpretation panels reminiscent of 50s computer screens, were devised to communicate the narrative and display a vast array of objects. Coupled with a series of illustrative graphics visually depicting the complex process of morphogenesis, the subject matter was interpreted in a visually appealing and accessible way.

A sophisticated and relevant colour palette of turquoise, grey and acid yellow was implemented throughout. The exhibition identity was specifically devised to create a sense of time and place, while exhibition images were also treated to reflect a 1950s feel.

The resulting design scheme avoided pastiche to provide a visually exciting and relevant environment for visitors to explore and discover more about the work and life of this fascinating man.

In turn, the graphic direction was interpreted for key marketing materials ranging from posters to banner stands.


Alan Turing and Life's Enigma - A collaborative project by Manchester Museum and the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), The University of Manchester.


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