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War of Independence at the National Museum of Ireland

Opened in January 2020, the National Museum of Ireland’s exhibition “Soldiers & Chiefs”  received a major update to their Irish Wars (1919-1923) Gallery to commemorate the centenary of the War of Independence. Many new never before seen artefacts were placed on display and the OPW redesigned the space to house this new permanent exhibit.


We were appointed to oversee the digital updates to the new gallery and were lucky enough to edit together some of the newly restored footage from period in stunning HD quality. This footage was projection mapped into the unusual spaces in the architecture allowing the footage integrate seamlessly with the existing spaces.


Working with Brenda Malone, the curator,  we also built a comprehensive interactive telling some of the more personal stories that occurred during this troubling time. In particular and old IRA intelligence album can be read through on the screen by simply turning the pages onscreen.


It really inspired me to want to re-learn more of Ireland's history, especially with reference to the War of Independence...


Killarney House & Gardens

Opened at the end of September in 2018, Thought Different worked in collaboration with Bright 3D to deliver almost 30 separate interactive and audio visual installations throughout the large 12 room exhibition in Killarney House.


We joined the project in the final stages and took full advantage of the well established brand and graphic approach to create a series of interactives harnessing the ‘gateway to the park’ theme as a metaphor for all interaction and visual presentation within each element. Particular attention was paid to each interface to encourage exploration and reward the visitor with rich visuals of the stunning landscape and wildlife from the National Park.


A series of interviews with key people from Killarney House and National Parks staff helped explore the rich history of the how the park came into being and the challenges Rangers face on a daily basis to help maintain and preserve the diverse ecology.


Working with the passionate client team from the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Thought Different completed multiple installations within a very tight time frame, without any compromise on quality or exploration of interactive and visual concepts.


The house’s visitor centre hides an amazing upstairs exhibition which includes interactive displays about the Killarney National Park as well as the restoration of the house...


The Cool Planet Experience

Opened in March 2018, Thought Different completed its largest project to date, with over 40 interactive installations —the world’s first centre dedicated to informing visitors about climate change. Working with DMW Creative, Thought Different was responsible for all the software development throughout the experience. We also conceived, scripted and designed three of the seven spaces within the visitor centre.


Test Your Carbon Footprint

Upon arrival visitors are handed ‘smart wristbands’ at reception. Their first task is to log in with their (RFID) wristband, enter their first name and then complete a series of multiple choice questions to calculate their own personal carbon footprint. As visitors progress through the experience they ‘tag on’ in each space and record their progress. After their visit, they can return home and view their progress online at www.cpe.cool and access further resources.


The Disaster Scenario

One of our most challenging video edits opens the experience in Cool Planet. The Disaster Scenario had a simple brief. Show visitors the beauty of the world. Show them the effect THEY are having on it. Show that climate change is already happening and not just a problem for future generations. The result is an emotional and unsettling piece that gets the visitor thinking from start.


The Race to 2050

Thought Different’s most ambitious and complex installation, the Race to 2050 is a multi-player game where the visitor is challenged to fix a dying and polluted city of the future. As they progress through the nine interactive games they can see the results of their actions on the large projection mapped city which was 3d printed with 100% recycled materials. The Race to 2050 was nominated for Best Creative in the Digital Media Awards and Thought Different won the Best in Technology Innovation category at the awards.

... this Cool Planet thing is the best education-by-stealth experience we’ve ever had. I’d go as far as to say it was the best family outing we’ve ever been on.

Róisín Ingle — The Irish Times

An excellent idea and use of technology...

Judge’s Comment — DMAs 2018

Churchill Audio Visual

The ‘Churchill – Power of Words’ exhibit in the Morgan Library, New York required a unique approach to allowing their visitors to listen to some of Churchill’s key speeches. As Churchill wrote all his own speeches, and marked out the rhythm and beats to every line, we wanted to help the visitor visualise this prose and it’s construction while also listening to his performance.


The result was a simple, buy mesmeric reveal of each individual word from his speeches. We then further immersed the visitor by using key images from the Imperial War Museum to add context and further illustrate the speech.

1916 Documentaries

For the ‘GPO Witness History’ exhibition, Thought Different worked with Laura Murtagh to produce a series of 5-6 minute documentaries about the Easter Rising. These six documentaries involved interviews with prominent historians and commentator and were filmed over the course of two weeks.


It has easily become the most challenging video edit that we have ever taken on. Hours and hours of footage and only five minutes to encapsulate the prelude to, the Rising itself and the aftermath; all in an easy to digest and neutral way. The result has been warmly received by visitors to the exhibition, from foreign visitors who know little about the event, to people with a good knowledge of the intricacies of the Rising.

...a series of very good short 'talking head' videos ... that help you understand the historical context

The various video perspectives given by eminent historians and academics gave a very balanced view of what the troubles were all about.