The Details- Babe Ruth Museum Eddie Murray Display
The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum came to me when they needed a display designed to hang at the Orioles Pub at the Center Club in Baltimore. They knew they wanted to display a couple of contracts they had for Eddie Murray, and also had a couple of Eddie Murray's baseball cards. I am not an avid baseball fan so initially I was confused as to why someone would find interest in looking at an old contract.
As I stared at these black and white pieces of paper full of text I started to find interesting bits of information. The first contract was from 1973 listing Eddie Murray's place in the draft as well as his monthly salary. I was also supplied with his Topps All-Star Rookie card that was dated 1977. The second contract was from 14 years later where he signed for an additional 5 years and the second baseball card was from 1984. It was time to do a little more research on the significance of these years and why there was so much time between him being drafted and being a Topps All-Star Rookie.
With this new information these contracts and cards now had some interest. The next problem was sorting out how to display them in a way that appealed to visitors. I knew one of the best ways to draw attention to these monotone type filled contract pages would be to do callouts of the interesting pieces hidden within them. In producing the layout I decided to also highlight interesting pieces of the two cards as well. Once this was put together the design still felt a bit incomplete. I had noticed when first inspecting the contracts that I had Eddie Murray's signature. This was this missing element.
I always aim to draw attention to the displays I design while keeping them clean and easy to understand. Knowing the materials you have access to as well as how you can manipulate them can remove standard limitations to the design. This design could have just been printed and mounted to a board but I wanted to provide more visual depth.
The background print includes the scans of the original contracts and the baseball cards as well as the text. The next layer is the callout circles and lines printed on a clear film. Printing these on a separate layer created a natural drop shadow but the lines were lost in the black background. To correct this, the part of the lines hidden by the background were cut out of orange vinyl and placed over the printed film. The display was finished with a piece of acrylic with Eddie Murray's signature applied to the top in cut vinyl.