Anyone who’s gone through the process of creating new exhibits knows the importance of keeping them looking great for a long time. It’s not simply up to the fabricator though. Once those exhibits are installed, the client has a large role to play in helping them stay beautiful. Read the rest of this entry »
March 24th, 2015
Clients are often surprised by how much of their time it takes to complete a design-build interpretive exhibit project. Most clients have their heart in the project and want to be involved, but underestimate how much time they need to devote to it. In a way, it’s like building a home. You still have to do your day job, Read the rest of this entry »
This week, I tuned in to the live recording of “How Innovation Happens” presented at SXSW, the music, film and interactive festival in Austin, TX held annually. I was really drawn in by not only the discussion of the value of diversity in creating innovative and breakthrough advances, but also how biases can stagnate that process, so I decided to delve deeper. Read the rest of this entry »
March 17th, 2015
Imagination and creativity are endless, however budgets and schedules are not. No matter how creative or revolutionary an exhibit idea is, it is not beneficial if the budget or schedule constraints are such that the exhibit cannot be realistically paid for or completed on time. Adding structure to the creative process ensures these limitations are not overlooked. Read the rest of this entry »
If you have ever packed a family of five’s belongings into a minivan before a two-week road trip, you will know what I’m talking about. After our fabricators spend months building an exhibit, they have to break it down into small chunks and pack it on a semi. But none of the chunks are the same size, they have strange centers of gravity, and they’re rather awkward. Sometimes we have twelve-foot long tree trunks weighing 500 pounds. Everything is swathed in foam and shrink-wrap with straps and blankets like we’re moving house. Another similarity to moving is that it all has to fit through a standard door at the final destination – maybe a double door if we’re lucky.
This photo is from the Visitor Center at Sinnemahoning State Park in Pennsylvania. Everything you see in it fit into one of three 26’ long box trucks. Read the rest of this entry »