This blog is an archive for my research, interviews with designers and museum staff, and travel experiences as I explore multilingual design practices in China and the US.

Fulbright research abroad at Tsinghua University will begin in March 2021.   




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Welcome, thank you for your interest in my Fulbright research! Let’s work together to create more accessible museum design. 

Museums and tourist sites serve as gateways into new cultures and experiences. My Fulbright research project examines how museums (in China & USA) implement successful multilinugal exhibitions. Through my collaboration with the Visual Communications Department at Tsinghua University, I am eager to study contemporary Chinese design practices and consider how Western designers can serve more diverse audiences by providing multilingual exhibits, signage, and resources.

I plan to travel to China for 9 months starting in March 2021. 

PLEASE NOTE: My research plans were submitted to the Fulbright Commission in Fall 2019, when opinions on both China and the public museums were very different. My project is subject to continual adaptation in response to the effects of COVID-19 on museums and travel.

About Colleen / 蘭心 :

I recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University’s graphic design BFA program, summa cum laude. At VCU I realized my interest in experience and exhibition design, and found a special interest in museum studies through my work at the ICA in Richmond. I joined the Richmond Chapter of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design in 2018. I currently live in Washington, DC as a freelance designer and Zoom call wizard. 

I am conversational in Mandarin Chinese and can read and write at an HSK 3 level. I’ve been learning Chinese diligently since high school but since my last two years of college were taken over by projects and internships, improving my language level is a main goal for my Fulbright project in China. 

Contact me by email: connollyce3@gmail.com

Here are some second opinons about me:

“Colleen is a problem solver and people-supporter” - Ruth Bolduan, VCU professor and co-traveler to Beijing 

“She is a very outgoing and talented designer”: - Brittney Butler, Society for Experiential Graphic Design Richmond Chapter Chair 

“Colleen’s strong interest in museum operations, communication, and community impact has certainly helped to strengthen [the ICA’s] mission to create a forum for dialogue and collaboration” - Dan Nemer, Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU Manager of Visitor Experience and former employer