fd2s Creates Interactive Donor Kiosks for Cancer Center
Austin, TX, November 3, 2009 — Austin-based wayfinding and environmental graphic design consultant fd2s has completed the development of an innovative donor kiosk system for the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
The kiosks, which are located throughout the institution, include PCs with embedded keyboards and flat panel displays, plus a large overhead display that runs a loop of M. D. Anderson commercials to attract visitors to the kiosk. At the kiosk, visitors can browse a variety of content about M. D. Anderson and its donors, learn how they can get involved, and even make a donation using their credit card. Information on the kiosks is managed using a web-based content management system, which allows fundraising staff to publish articles, set items to publish on schedules, and analyze kiosk usage.
fd2s designed the user interface, created the kiosk software, and worked with M. D. Anderson staff to tie the kiosks into the hospital's donor database. The kiosk enclosures, designed by fd2s to complement the facility architecture, were fabricated and installed by Imagecraft Exhibits of Austin.
"The thing that makes these kiosks really interesting," said fd2s principal Steve Stamper, "is their ability to bring so many aspects of the fundraising process together in one place. You can educate people about the institution's mission, share information about people or groups that have contributed in the past, and give them a chance to participate themselves."
"I think that there will always be a place for traditional recognition elements like donor walls," Stamper continued, "but we believe that interactive components like this are a great complement to these types of installations, and can even be integrated with them, and we're looking forward to creating similar systems for other institutions."
Other recent donor recognition work by fd2s includes the design of installations for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin, the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in Little Rock, and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.