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Project inspiration trip to the Science Museum

Head shot of TomBy Tom O’Malley

Research. Research. Research.

We never take on a project half-heartedly. Research is a massive part to our working process; it is what we base the direction of our project on and how our ideas are formed. This particular project we’re working on is no exception.

The first exhibition we came across was a small section focusing on engines and vehicles, such as the first car ever made and how they’ve been developed since. We took a great interest into the detail of these engines and the mechanics of them (detail is everything to us). One of the main features they had on display was an original Spitfire engine which was very interesting.

Moving on, we made our way to the next floor which focused on “Who am I?” Basically, what make us, us? These showcases and exhibits were completely filled with analysis of human DNA, test tubes and samples. It was undoubtedly a great exhibit, however, it wasn’t quite what we after. Our Lead Developer Alex also didn’t seem to find what he was looking for.

Getting hands on for our findings

Our next stop was Launch Pad. Albeit, it was a more child-focused part of the museum, however, it meant it was also one of the most interactive parts, allowing us to play with heat sensitive screens, liquids, sounds and vibrations. There was nothing there that we didn’t already know or hadn’t learnt in school, but it was worthwhile just to see everything up close, get hands-on and take note of certain happenings and movements, that we wouldn’t necessarily have been able to see otherwise. It also brought out the inner child in us for a few minutes.

Inspiration struck

We made our way through the rest of the museum, up to the top floors, which had a focus on testing and medicines. We got a great source of ideas and inspiration from here, not just from the exhibits themselves, but the detail included. We loved the little parts and details, which probably go unnoticed by most at first glance, but are actually crucial to making up the whole experience and that was what we were looking for. We got some great ideas here and once we started discussing the potential of our thoughts, more just snowballed from there. Finally, we ended our visit down in the basement at the Google Web Lab, before celebrating our achievements from the day at a delicious Italian restaurant down the road.

Highlight

We got a great source of ideas and inspiration from here, not just from the exhibits themselves, but the detail included.

The day was undoubtably a huge success. We came away with bounds of ideas and inspiration and we’re working hard to incorporate our new ideas into the project as we speak! Unfortunately we can’t give away too much about what we’re working on just yet, but keep your eyes peeled over the next month or two for a few little science themed hints and sneak peeks.

More photos from our Science Museum trip are also on Facebook and Instagram.

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