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Mark F. Riewestahl is a human-centered graphic designer with a passion for nature and exhibit design. During his undergraduate studies at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, he learned to embody both artist and scientist. His passions in design and science led him to the Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum at the National Institutes of Health as an Exhibit Design and Development Intern. At the NIH, Mark was responsible for creating content for display cases and leading a web redesign. Since his internship, he founded Black Spruce Design to bring human-centered design and design thinking to rural communities in Wisconsin and Maine.
Mark is currently working on his senior capstone project, Meditations on Pollination. Meditations on Pollination is a response to an ever-changing world. Last year alone, we have faced devasting fires, hurricanes, and a global pandemic. Meditations on Pollination focuses on how we will overcome challenges in museums due to coronavirus. Since many museums have closed during COVID-19, he has been forced to think about how educational experiences will adapt. One of the solutions is moving outdoors. Could you have an educational sculpture garden? Through glassblowing, welding, and gardening Mark will challenge the form of science exhibitions while educating visitors about Maine’s native pollinators.
When not immersed in his design work for clients, you can find him designing and fabricating bioactive vivariums or in the studio blowing glass.
View the Black Spruce Design website at https://blacksprucedesign.com.