Origins Centre 2017
The Origins Centre is the world’s only museum dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind. The Museum provides visitors with a unique experience of Africa’s rich, complex heritage and boasts an extensive collection of rock art from the Wits Rock Art Research Institute.
The aim of the project is to explore and deliver design solutions on the subject of the Middle Stone Age. This will take the form of redesigning portions of the entrance hall exhibit as well as conceptualising a space and interactive areas concerning Blombos Cave (Cave Quest).
The focus of this project is on the innovations of Middle Stone Age period in southern Africa. The archaeology of this period reflects a plethora of new and innovative items that have helped archaeologists understand the timing and location of the development of complex (or ‘modern’) human behavior. Blombos Cave is an extremely significant MSA site that has produced phenomenal archaeological material. This project links up with a new museum and interpretative centre that is being built in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, on the southern Cape coast. The opening of the De Hoop Human Origins Centre is planned for 2018.
HOW WE HELPED
We were tasked with redesigning and improving the activity pack that the Origins center currently had. Our age group is aimed at young children between the ages of 5-9 years old. When assessing the activity pack we noticed that it was uninteresting and gave the kids essays to write. We came up with many concepts for the kids to interact with the middle stone age and simplified the concept to a activity box containing character cards, ocher kit and an information graphics poster.
WHAT WE DID
From the many concepts designs that we came up with we decided to scale it down to three items within a box packaging that acts like a lucky packet for the kids. The first concept we have for the inside of the box are character cards.
Another concept we have is the Ocher kit. Within the packing there will either be one or two pieces of ocher that the kids can grind and make their own ocher paint.
We also included an information graphics poster to explain how to use the ocher as well as additional information on the uses of ocher.