Disability History Museum
Designing communication materials to help deepen the understanding of the history of people with disabilities
The Disability History Museum is an online experience and website that allows users to search thousands of digital artifacts that document the history of disabilities such as blindness and deafness, and many other forms of physical disabilities. The educational section of the website provides tools and lesson plans for teachers to bring the history of disability into the classroom.
We began by creating the logo identity which was designed to drive attention to the main content sections of the website. The altered letters in “dhm” signify the three gateways — or archways — to the main content areas of the site: the library, the education section, and the museum.
- Kickstarter Campaign
- Human Rights
Logo identity and stationery
The Disability History Museum Website
The Disability History Museum’s mission is to foster a deeper understanding about how changing cultural values, notions of identity, laws and policies have shaped and influenced the experience of people with disabilities, their families and their communities over time. Many people growing up in the United States today have never lived in a built environment that was not notably accessible, where a public education was not provided to a person with a disability. The access and the education may not be perfect, but both are established as important community responsibilities. We designed the website as a portal to a vast amount of searchable information that allows a visitor to learn about a time when people with disabilities were still marginalized, yet cared for in ways that was unknown to the public.
The website’s exhibit and special feature section will include an in-depth overview of the American author, activist, and lecturer Helen Keller who is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities.
Website home page
The library section allows users to search thousands of artifacts relating to the history of disability. The website gets numerous visits from educators, researchers and many other interested visitors.
The museums’s director has been working on a documentary about the life and impact of Helen Keller, the American author and political activist, and first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. A successful Kickstarter campaign in 2018 has secured the funds to complete the film. It will air on PBS American Masters in 2020.1 We supported the campaign by creating the film identity as well as Kickstarter rewards.
- We have seen previews of various stages of the film “Becoming Helen Keller” and the final version is not to be missed when it airs on PBS American Masters.
We designed several materials for the Kickstarter campaign including this poster which was first digitally printed and then imprinted with braille. In the poster Helen Keller is looking at images of herself at different ages.
We designed the “Becoming Helen Keller” identity and social media visuals
Additional poster sketches