For the National WWII Museum’s New Campaigns of Courage Pavilion (Road to Berlin & Tokyo), I worked as a producer and content developer on a a team of UX / UI designers, filmmakers, web designers, web developers, historians and 3D modelers to create a suite of digital interactives including the Dog Tag Experience RFID tracking system and corresponding Dog Tag Experience website, Air War Table, and three 360 degree cockpit viewers for iconic warplanes suspended above the exhibit.

My tasks for this project ran the gamut from project management to script writing, scheduling, client calls, on site installation, and over seeing that 560 videos, 200 artifacts, 13 animated battle maps and 100 characters who can be followed on the Dog Tag Experience imputed into a CMS system.

“The exhibit tries to personalize the war by giving each visitor the dog tag—an electronic keycard, really—of a soldier. You learn about him at the start—where he is from, when he enlisted, and why. That is one of the ways the museum has made available its vast archives of diaries”

The Wall Street Journal

Uniting the entire interactive aspect of the Campaigns of Courage Pavilion is the Dog Tag experience, a personalized RFID card. To tell the stories of individual veterans and other people who served during the war, a series of themed interactive kiosks, called Dog Tag Stations, allow guests to follow the video story of 50 people drawn from the Museum’s archived interviews. 

From Dog Tag Station to Dog Tag Station, the stories evolve to reveal each individual’s WWII saga. These stories form the backbone of the Dog Tag Experience, an integrated RFID tracking and database system.Each Dog Tag Station is themed to match the surrounding physical exhibit, allowing guests to move from the deserts of North Africa to the streets of Berlin and the jungles of Guadalcanal. The RFID tracking system keeps a running tally of videos viewed by guests so that they can watch videos from Dog Tag stations they missed, either in the Museum, or later at home.

Tucked away in a bomb damaged Quonset hut in the Road to Berlin Exhibit at the National WWII Museum, the Air War Table takes visitors on a series of daring air raids over Europe. For this component of the project I developed scripts and story while overseeing a massive quantity of 3D models, artifacts and archival videos.


Experiencing Courage: NWWII Museum Society of Experiential Graphic Design

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