Haley Sharpe Design (hsd) is an award-winning design consultancy with over 35 years of experience in planning, design and production of interpretive and interactive experiences. Our diverse portfolio includes social, historical and natural history museums, heritage buildings, children’s museums and science centers, as well as visitor attractions, branding and wayfinding. Since incorporation in 1981, our projects have ranged from community-curated exhibitions and temporary installations, to over 40 national museums.
At our offices in Leicester (UK), Toronto and South Africa, our dedicated staff includes industry leaders in interpretation and design. With experience in curatorship, management and design, hsd brings a coordinated design approach from project scoping and master planning, to creative development and realization. Our current team of 50 multi-disciplinary professionals have helped many museums and cultural venues to develop new approaches to stay vibrant and in-tune with their audiences, to meet customer expectations and to thrive financially.
We believe exhibit design based on great stories and clear principles delivers compelling and relevant visitor experiences. By combining academic integrity, heart and fun, we help clients communicate their engaging stories that inspire and transform audiences.
Current and recent North American Commissions:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Tallahassee Museum, Tallahassee, FL
Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis, MO
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument & State Park, Cambridge, MD
National Museum of American History, Washington, DC
The redevelopment of Ulster Museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland won Best Permanent Exhibition at the 2010 Museum & Heritage Awards. In 2013, the Museum of Liverpool (UK) won the coveted Council of Europe Museum Prize. The Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre (UK) won the RIBA South West Award in 2014. Also in 2014, the interpretive film hsd developed with Aperture Films for the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama (USA) won the NAI Interpret Media Awards, and has been shortlisted for an Oscar 2015. Most recently, Magna Carta: Spirit of Justice, Power of Words was shortlisted for the Design Week Awards 2015.