Three years in the making, He Tohu is a new permanent exhibition of three iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand. Click Suite had the privilege of creating the digital interactives for this exciting and important exhibition. Before writing a single line of code, we undertook an extensive deep-dive of empathic user research and interviews, design thinking, and prototyping. From this process, three powerful digital concepts were conceived and then executed.
The map table is a large CNC-routed image of the map of New Zealand, a physical extrusion. On to this 3d canvas we project data-driven stories that relate to each of the three documents - the story of the huge number of signatures collected by Kate Sheppard, or the logistical challenge of sending the sheets of Te Tiriti all around the country by ship and land, or the dramatic story showing the loss of Maori land ownership over time.A projection-mapping technique brings these stories to life, making the country a glowing jewel on to which we project each story - each has its own unique visual style. The stories themselves are the product of a huge amount of research (with new facts uncovered through the process), and distill the complex down into something beautiful and accessible.