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Hermann Park Kiosk


Hermann Park Kiosk

Fall 2016

We are working with the Hermann Park Conservancy to design a kiosk for the McGovern Centennial Gardens.

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Date: 09/24/16

Tell us about your team.

Our team is composed of four people:

  • Michael Moran: Comp Sci & Sociology
  • Claire Peng: Cognitive Sciences and Policy Studies
  • Phil Hedayatnia: Cognitive Sciences (but who knows)
  • Maddie Bowen: Urban Sociology

What are you looking forward to most as a team this year?

  • Affecting public spaces

What is a challenge you expect to overcome this semester?

  • Working with clients
  • Working within constraints
  • Avoiding assumptions



Did you conduct user interviews this week? If so what insight did you gain?

Yes, we did conduct interviews to find out why people go to the park, where they enter, if they’re local, how often they go to the park, and how familiar they are with the park’s programming.

Describe related projects that have been done to address your problem.

The city of Columbia, Missouri released “Citizen Surveys” to get feedback about visitors experiences in the park.

What do you hope to learn more about in the next couple of weeks?

We hope to learn more about what people enjoy doing at Hermann Park and how we can use this to promote membership and involvement at HPC.

  Maddie and Phil after they collected interview data at Hermann Park

Maddie and Phil after they collected interview data at Hermann Park

  Exploring the McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park

Exploring the McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park



What are the biggest key insights you’ve gained for your project?

We gained insights into the efforts and dedication that people put into the park and grew to appreciate the park as a whole more.

We have communicated with the HPC to get a clear image for what they want on the project: a representation of how the park has changed, thanks to volunteer efforts, over the last 100 years.

What is your new HCW statement?

How can we engage Hermann Park patrons in the story of the 100 year transformation of the space?

What are your hopes for your project?

We hope that our project will engage people through informative, aesthetic, and interactive elements.




What ideas did you present?

We presented on one idea in each category of solutions: observe to understand the story, move to understand the story, create to understand the story.

What feedback did you receive from Mid-Semester Review?

We received positive feedback for a strong presentation and creative ideas. People had additional features that they would have liked to seen added to the ideas, which was very helpful.

Which idea have you decided to focus on?

We are still currently working with HPC to narrow down the idea. We hope to work with them to identify which idea they believe is most feasible, most creative, and most engaging.





Observe - Frame

With this idea, we want to highlight various parts of the park using negative space. This involves using a picture frame, and having the users stand at a certain position to see parts such as the burm in the Centennial Gardens or certain art exhibitions or the Japanese Gardens. Below the frame would be a “before” picture of the same area of the park and a brief description of the changes. This will highlight the efforts that HPC have undertaken to improve the park over the past century. There could be many of these frames around the park or one that could be moved from one place to another. Some additional features include having a pegboard below the frame so that the “before” picture and description could be switched out as the park changes even more.









Move - Timeline

The primary concept is to have park patrons literally move through the history of Hermann Park. Within this idea, we would create signage to linearly walk guests through the history. By moving from sign to sign, guests would gradually gain an understanding of the 100-year transformation of the park. One idea for placement is the existing walkways within the Centennial Gardens. We also considered using the existing mound within the Centennial Gardens or using this idea along the train tracks.




Create - HPC Wall

Within this idea, there are two basic concepts. Firstly, there is a low-tech option, which incorporates a freeform pegboard that sequentially tells the story of Hermann Park’s evolution, using user-submitted content. One possibility might be to have students at local schools develop the content (artwork) to show each stage of the park; this board could be changed and updated over time. The higher-tech option incorporates two screens, the first with video representations of people who’ve made the park what it is now explaining the park’s history, then a similar pegboard, followed by the second screen, where park visitors can record their own stories and process donations to the park/learn more about park events.


 Mapping idea feasibility versus how exciting it is

Mapping idea feasibility versus how exciting it is

 Ideation in progress

Ideation in progress

Build / Test


What did you initially build / test? What does your prototype look like and how will you improve on it?

We have started drawing and making a prototype of the “frame” idea. We are playing with the structure and what features to add and will come up with a miniature prototype soon!

What do you plan on doing in the upcoming week?

We will meet with HPC in the upcoming week to discuss their feedback and incorporate it into our design.