Gagarin was awarded the Sylvia Harris Award 2016 and an Merit Award 2016 by The Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) for three exhibits designed for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Canada (CMHR).
The criteria for the Sylvia Harris Award is for a project which addresses accessibility of designs, and enhancement of communication for projects in the public realm.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Gagarin designed three interactive installations that contribute to the museum’s aim of creating an engaging experience with human rights that will inspire lasting and meaningful change in visitors.
There are over 1,700 members in more than 20 countries in SEGD and among 371 submissions. SEGD is a global, multidisciplinary community of professionals who plan, design, and build experiences that connect people to place. The society includes graphic and information designers, fabricators, architects, exhibition designers, technology integrators, interaction designers, brand strategists, students, wayfinding specialists, teachers, and others who have a hand in shaping content-rich, experiential spaces.
According to the SEGD jury:
“We applaud the efforts of this firm for its acknowledgement and dedication to challenging our responsibility to make our museums and institutions open and accessible to all. The methodologies practiced in this project should illustrate that it is not enough to simply adhere to government accessibility guidelines by rote. We must see access to information as a core value of our culture and continue to challenge ourselves to expand the opportunity of information and experience”
“Gagarin’s three exhibits contribute to the museum’s aim of creating an engaging experience with human rights that will inspire and leave a lasting impression on visitors. Developed using Universal Design principles, the exhibits aim to set new world standards for universal accessibility. They provide a near-equitable experience for visitors regardless of language or physical limitations (vision, hearing or mobility).”
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