April 17th, 2014 by Ryan
Posted in Being Green
Cork and sustainable printing materials were used for this exhibit at Grand Bay NERR

Cork and other sustainable materials were used in exhibits at Grand Bay NERR

My last two posts have focused on the sustainability and environmental features of a building. After that big picture view, I am now going to focus on what clients nationwide come to Taylor Studios for; great exhibits. It’s a given that our exhibits will be interpretively based, innovatively designed, and well built. They can also be sustainable, but what does that mean for an exhibit? Read the rest of this entry »


April 16th, 2014 by Betty

Jason Cox's Many Titles (or lack thereof)

In a small company, or any place with a small number of staff, you often have to wear a lot of hats.  When I look back at our start up days, I’m surprised at the many roles I played.  I could have done accounting, cast an artifact replica, and designed exhibits all in one day.  Those were the days when design was completed at the kitchen table, accounting and marketing in the spare bedroom, and a lot of production in the garage.  One of the advantages of growing a company is each individual can eventually concentrate on their strengths.  Unfortunately, this did take us a long time to learn.  Even after having a larger staff, I would assign an artistic person to project management.  The logic was, “well, they know our business and can explain it well to our clients.”  They were never happy in these roles and what fun is that?  Yet, my mantra was we all have to do what we have to do.  Jason reminded me at one point I even got rid of everyone’s titles.  I didn’t want to hear “that’s not my job.”  Well, in reality, I still don’t want to hear that.  To a degree we still have to jump in where needed.  Yet, mostly we focus on what our individual strengths are. Read the rest of this entry »


April 10th, 2014 by Samantha
Posted in Eye on Design
Example of good interpretive signage

Example: what to do (Exhibit by Cinnabar)

Interpretive signage and graphics typically play an important role in conveying your message within an exhibit, whether it be wayside or outdoor exhibits, interior exhibits, or other types of displays.  In no particular order, here are some tips to help ensure your interpretive signage design is effective: Read the rest of this entry »


April 8th, 2014 by Betty

Three Essential Ingredients to Run an Exhibit Design/Build Company…

…or any team for that matter.  These ingredients may seem self evident, yet I find them rare in many organizations.  If you can focus on these three elements, you will be on your way to a successful company or project.  Of course, none of these matter if you do not have clients or visitors.  You must have a great product/experience/service and marketing and sales effectiveness first. Read the rest of this entry »


April 3rd, 2014 by Kate
Posted in Taylor Thoughts

Creative vs. Interpretive Writing This week, I was tasked with the question: What is the difference (if any) between creative writing, and interpretive writing?

I have always considered myself to be a champion of language. By that, I do not mean that I am particularly awesome or competitive or even accomplished. Rather, I am an active supporter – I believe in language, in its function to reveal and cultivate understanding and in its mystique. I am also steadfast in the power it holds. Language is the most powerful resource we, as humans, have. It is how we communicate, how we think, and how we experience the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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