Our fabrication studio officially opened in August 2018 with a ribbon cutting from the Governor of New Mexico. Our move into fabrication was a logical development. Our experience in designing and producing touch tables and displays helped us gain the knowledge and confidence to move in this new direction. Additionally, like our small Media Systems group, this new development was symbiotic, helping bring together projects that involved our design activities and our software and hardware development.
Since 2018, we’ve greatly expanded our fabrication capabilities and our team. We’ve had some amazing projects in the first four and a half years (even with the pandemic). We have designed and built whole exhibitions, including the San Diego Zoo’s Wildlife Explorers Basecamp and the Valle de Oro Visitor’s Center. We are currently working on several new exhibitions, some of which will launch later this year, with a few others slated to open in 2024 and 2025.
Our fabrication group has worked with Media Systems and Creative Services at Ideum to develop integrated exhibits that use emerging and embedded technologies. The fact that we are a one-stop shop for these types of exhibits allows us to focus on the quality of the experience while providing our clients with a more cost-effective solution. Communication between the different groups, from design to programming to AV/IoT and fabrication, is vital to ensuring that the final exhibits are seamless and work as expected. We can provide that consistency as we work from concept design all the way through to final fabrication and installation.
Along with full exhibition development, we are often asked to design custom touch tables and kiosks. We’ve been developing touch tables since 2006, and just before the opening of our fabrication studio in 2018, we announced our Inline, open-frame touch displays. These large-format open-frame displays have been used in our fabrication projects along with many others since their introduction.
We’ve developed dozens of kiosks and custom touch tables over the last few years. This work includes a giant marble-clad touch table which we developed for IDEO and Gensler. We developed a kiosk for the Albuquerque Sunport which presents information on the film industry in the state. We also built four custom tower kiosks for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This year we are developing a custom, proof-of-concept touch table for a major telecommunications company’s retail space, a series of touch tables for a major cruise ship line, and other interactive kiosks and touch tables for community groups, museums, and Fortune 500 companies.
The mix of technology-heavy kiosks and tables, along with custom exhibits that can be of any shape, size, and materials, keeps the work challenging and exciting. We love projects that bring together our different groups and specializations. We love to collaborate with other design, AV, exhibit design, and even fabrication companies.
Perhaps the most rewarding project we’ve been involved in since our Fabrication studio opened was the Ebbets Field Model at the Jackie Robinson Museum. This project used all of our skills as designers and fabricators, but it also involved our graphic designers and 3D artists. The project also relied on our Media Systems group which helped create the projection mapping, the LED tile wall, and the various lighting features inside the model. This project was a great collaboration between Ideum, Gensler DXD, and the Jackie Robinson Museum.
Finally, to handle all of the projects we have this year and beyond, our fabrication group has expanded and even includes a dedicated Producer for custom touch tables and kiosks. Our larger exhibit projects remain shared between our Creative Services group and fabrication. If you are looking to build something memorable, just reach out to us; we’d be happy to hear from you.