Information Age is the Science Museum’s biggest and most ambitious gallery to date. More than 200 years of innovation in communication and information technologies are celebrated across six zones.
Each ‘network’ represents a different information and communication technology: Cable, Exchange, Broadcast, Constellation, Web and Cell – six networks that changed our world.
Information theory is key to telling the story of each network, and we developed a simple diagrammatic language that communicates this. This features as a LED animation on the face of a ‘story box’ for each network. Alongside, object rich displays are interwoven with the stories that bring each of the objects to life. A simple colour coded system helped define the networks, while allowing visitors to explore in a non linear fashion.
To coincide with the opening, we also designed the accompanying book published by Scala. The gallery was officially opened by HRH The Queen on 24th October 2014. Information Age is free to enter and open to the public daily. The project was in close collaboration with Universal Design Studio and was four years in the making.