National Library of Medicine

Changing The Face of Medicine

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In the fall of 2003 , the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health opened a brand new exhibit entitled, “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians.” With the help of Riggs Ward Design, these two institutions are honoring the lives and accomplishments of women in medicine from the first female medical student 150 years ago, until the present day. For Changing the Face of Medicine, RWD infused the exhibit gallery with exciting technology and creative design. A Digital Portrait Gallery allows viewers to interact with a wall of images through a system of connected computers. Visitors can access information on the lives of particular doctors as well as research related topics. These interactive displays along with bold gallery colors and comprehensive graphics, are enhanced by a state-of-the-art, computer controlled LED lighting system. This Colorkinetics system creates an ever-changing color palette throughout the exhibit. To present this unique exhibit to the public, the Riggs Ward team also developed a distinctive logo, brochure and poster that underscore the historical significance of the women’s stories. RWD also completed a traveling version of the show in conjunction with the American Library Association, which travels to venues across the country.


National Library of Medicine


Bethesda, Maryland

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