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Experience Design



John Carney

Principal and Lead Creative Director


A world-recognized museum exhibit designer, John is a graduate of the Rhode  Island School of Design where he studied industrial design and fine art, with an emphasis in graphic design. Recently, John was invited to Brown University where 30 top museum thinkers discussed the future of history museums. Over the past twenty years John has led hundreds of design projects, many winning awards. His aesthetic is sophisticated, visitor-centered, and customized to the client's goals and objectives. John's approach is not only to develop exceptional experiences for visitors, but also to craft a design process that is responsive to the needs of our clients. In-house, John leads a team of designers on all design fronts from 3D, 2D, media, and content. In addition, John oversees our fabrication studio and runs our amazing office!



Larissa Hansen Hallgren, COO
Principal and Director of Interpretive Content Development


With a degree from Smith College and graduate studies in education, Larissa is a licensed educator who brings 20 years of experience planning interpretive content for museum experiences, designing educational outcomes, and imagining highly experiential, multi-sensory visitor experiences. Larissa has worked with a wide variety of clients--from science museums to zoos, nature centers to history museums, bio-tech companies to house museums. Larissa's role is to provide Principal-level project management, lead the interpretive planning process, and ensure the seamless coordination between content, education, design, and fabrication. Larissa has delivered professional papers at AZA, AAM, ASTC, is a member of NAI.

Who We Are
EXP Creates Exceptional Experiences


We draw from a 35-year history of innovating and creating experiences that capture guests’ attention, engage their exploration, and spark their discovery. We are a Boston-based firm led by internationally-recognized museum designer, John Carney. With a diverse staff of graphic designers to 3D designers, interpretive planners, educators, teachers, writers, digital media designers, film-makers, master craftsmen, sculptors, painters, and model makers, we have it all, and we are all under one roof! EXP today surpasses this history by continuing to grow by leaps and bounds. With more amazing projects and more diversity to our staff’s skill set than ever before, each of the past five years have been our best ever.

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