March 11th, 2014
Different Tastes and Perspectives
Part of the exhibit design process is writing copy for graphic panels. This is a difficult process to control costs. Time is money and it is difficult to forecast and control the amount of hours for research and copywriting. This is the same on the client’s end. Often different experts are brought in to review copy. Unfortunately, it is rare that everyone will like the same copywriting style. Read the rest of this entry »
Some of you probably read the title and immediately thought to yourself (or perhaps out loud startling your officemate) “Of course I am! I run a museum (or a nature center or a visitor center) and that’s our main objective.” I’m sure that’s true inside your four walls, but I’m wondering if you’re engaging your audience outside – in the land of the internet. Read the rest of this entry »
Community Experience Planning
What does planning and vision do for a community? Do you live in a community that is vibrant and has a distinct character? Have you ever visited a community and felt the energy and engagement in the town?
When I was in high school, I joined FFA, partially because I knew they were going to take a ski trip to Galena, IL. Since then, and because of a couple other visits to that town, it has always stuck in my mind as a really cool place to visit. The town, with its 19-century architecture, old time signs, street lamps, and quaint shops, breathes its history and pleasantness. Galena attracts more than a million visitors a year and that doesn’t happen accidentally. The town must have had leadership, vision, cooperation and belief in itself to achieve such vibrancy. Read the rest of this entry »
Flashback: You, age 5, your backyard sandbox. You are surrounded by miniature plastic figures, some human and some from the animal world. You are intent on arranging them in a way that depicts a scene from eons ago. Or maybe you’re dreaming of the future. What could these subjects be doing in the future that seems impossible now? Hmmmm…Maybe you need some additional “artifacts” or visual components to bring your story to life, so you return to your toy-strewn bedroom in search of just the right thing. Read the rest of this entry »