Christine Lefebvre Design provided comprehensive exhibition design services for Five Communities, currently on view at the National Law Enforcement Museum. The new museum's first changing exhibition highlights "grassroots efforts to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The exhibit provides a look at specific programs developed in Cleveland; Dallas; Chicago; Somerville, MA; and Charleston, SC."
CLD developed the exhibition's visual identity, designed all graphic elements, developed detailed graphic elevations and floor plans, wrote production/fabrication specifications, and delivered final production artwork for the 2,000 square foot exhibition. The museum requested that exhibition elements not protrude far into the room, as the gallery space is also a special events room they expected to make regular use of during their opening months. To abide while also creating a lively "flat show" CLD used bold colors and devised a grid system with subtle depth variations for graphics.
National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC
October 2018 – currently on view
Photography by Boston-based photographer Dan Watkins. Fabrication and installation by Blair, Inc., based in Springfield, VA.
GRID SYSTEM The exhibition design used a grid to organize content. Each city’s section included a panel to describe the overall community and a problem it was facing; a panel to describe a program implemented within the community; personal profiles; stats and facts; photos with captions; and at the top, large photos. Graphic panels varied in depth, and the sides were painted in each community’s distinct color.
A tone-on-tone yellow palette was used for the title wall, with an arrangement of five panels representing the five communities.
GRAPHICS The fonts Mars Extended and Mars Condensed were used for the Five Communities title, headlines, quotations, and accent type elements. Dapifer was used for text. Mars’s letterforms informed the angled detail on the color bands used throughout.
PHOTOGRAPHY Boston-based photographer Dan Watkins was commissioned to visit each of the five cities and photograph events hosted by the featured programs. He captured both spontaneous interactions and staged portraits, and his photographs lent the exhibition richness and immediacy.
EXERCISE PANELS The exhibition featured many opportunities for visitors to leave feedback and reflect on community / law enforcement relations, through specific prompts and exercises.