Superhero Academy

During our second year at Seattle Central Creative Academy, we had a Special Topics class where we were give then freedom to choose our own topic, set our own deliverables, and use this class to learn something new or dive deeper into an area of specialty. Over the course of three quarters, my group and I created the Superhero Academy, an interactive pop-up exhibit that dives into the history of comic books through striking visuals, interactive elements, and other moments of delight.

School Project
Experiential Design, Illustration, Research, Copywriting, Production
Jules Naujoks, Mara Stokke

Conceptualize & Research

Superhero Academy places the viewer in the footsteps of superheroes and acts as a history lesson for prospective superhero students attending the academy. We first developed moodboards, type, and a floorplan for the space we would be using. From there, we user tested for line lengths, researched best practices for accessibility, and tested the construction of walls, podiums, and interactive elements. We then began sourcing materials, with our small budget in mind, and created elevations and sketches all while researching and writing the content that would populate the exhibit.


The exhibit featured a quiz where were participants were assigned one of three super powers. Once the participant was assigned a power, they were directed to a specified section of the exhibit where they could “test their abilities.” For the power of X-Ray vision, we created red reveal glasses that could be held up to a comic book cover to see the before and after versions of the Comics Code Authority. For the power of intangibility, we created a faux stone wall, made from heat-gunned Styrofoam and spray paint, that participants could pass through. The “stones” were mounted on a magnet sealing screen curtain so that, as they walked through, the wall would seal itself back up. Other interactive elements include laser-cut felt that participants could be arranged to create their own superhero, a Batman vs. Superman voting tube, a prize wheel where participants could get their own superhero backstory, as well as life sized superhero cutouts to pose with that utilized the illustrations I created.

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