Out Quiet Yourself
Exploratorium, San Francisco

$2.1 M NSF award
User research: summative

Visitors walk along a gravel path, trying to be as quiet as possible. As they listen to the crunch of gravel, they try different ways of walking—on tiptoe, perhaps, or at a different speed—paying attention to small changes in the noise level. A sound meter displays a “noise score” enabling visitors to check their perceptions, and attend to sounds normally ignored.

In collaboration with Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough and Ray Gruenig.