Projects: The Space Needle’s 20-Foot Wide SkyPad


The CBS Morning News had a piece this morning about new technologies that have spruced up the 53-year-old Space Needle tower in Seattle, and the element that caught my eye was something it calls the SkyPad.

Developed and guided by the local studio Belle & Wissell, the SkyPad interactive wall is a set of tiled touch displays on a wall on the observation deck level of the landmark structure.

The Skypad has an interactive guestbook that encourages visitors to leave their mark and visualize the distance and significance of the journey they have taken to get there—via an 8-foot-tall interactive 3D globe.

Visitors can explore more than a half-century of memories through a photo installation that allows guests to view and filter memorabilia, early tower design and construction, sunsets, and on and on. Guests are also encouraged to contribute their own memories by uploading photos through the Space Needle’s website.

Very nice-looking project. It was switched on last year, and won a Global Design Award this year from the Society for Experiential Graphic Design.


Dave Haynes

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Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for more than a decade. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He's based near Toronto.
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