Graphic Design Seniors

Installation Tips


1. Make a plan.
Create an elevation drawing of what you want to do, so that you have a guide. Think of it as a wireframe.

2. Visit the space, and bring a tape measure.
Some things to look for: observe is the hanging surface, the quality of light, and if there are any nearby outlets or ceiling mounts, as required.

3. Visit some exhibitions, and take photos and notes.
Good ones to check: GDMFA shows, work on view at the BMA, Camden Yards.

4. Don’t hang anything that is meant to be read lower than about 36 inches.

5. Try to make your exhibition as dimensional as possible. See if you can frame or mount prints to foam core, so that they cast a little shadow, or use the ambient light in your space.

6. Check the resources lists, from both the department and Campus Exhibitions. We have pedestals, shelves, flat screens, and other equipment to rent, but you can also buy or find your own.

7. Consider borrowing a wide-angle lens to photograph your exhibition. Try the 4th floor check out or Service Photo in Hamden.

8. Test adhesives.
Most adhesives fall down after 24 hours. 3M makes great products that might work for you.