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Betty


July 17th, 2014 by

We assist our clients in setting goals and objectives around their projects and mission. I’m rethinking this because they rarely track them. If you are not going to track them, how do you know you are going the right direction?

What do you think the goal of this exhibit was?

What do you think the goal of this exhibit was?

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Betty


May 20th, 2014 by

Giant Frog and Cattail Plant themed room (more…)

Betty


May 6th, 2014 by

What Makes a Good Client? Recently, an old friend and several time past client stopped by Taylor Studios for a visit. He suggested I blog about what we need from a good client. I believe he was thinking of things like the photos and other resources a client provides during the course of the project. Another client told me he wished he had been gathering these types of resources years before he began working with us. If he had only known to gather photos, quotes, facts, and more ahead of time it would have saved him time and enhanced the project. I certainly have criteria for a good client, like paying on time. I walked around today and asked some of my staff what they want and need from a client. The overall theme was conscientiousness. Here are some details: (more…)

Betty


April 29th, 2014 by

What does failure teach you in exhibit fabrication? I’ve been wandering down memory lane, grimacing over fabrication mistakes over the years and reflecting on what we learned. We pulled a couple of all-nighters in the beginning, scrambling to get everything ready for an exhibit’s grand opening. At Holiday Park, my staff worked endless hours for days – not sleeping properly; just getting it done. An hour before the opening night event, I threw on a dress and carried a ladder to my guys who were doing the final programming inside an immersive environment. In the nick of time, they crawled out and slipped through the back door as I went and greeted guests. We got it done, but a little too close for comfort. (more…)

Betty


April 23rd, 2014 by

After more than 23 years of working in the interpretive design and fabrication arena, I repeatedly hear from clients they want their exhibits to be different and unique from all others.  Of course, every client has a different resource, history and story to tell, yet there are tried and true methods that can work for all visitor experiences.  Often components in exhibits can be similar and there are a few elements that can be unique.  Reasonably, this is how you will be able to effectively utilize limited budgets.  As an analogy, if you are renovating your kitchen, will you go to the expense to have everything custom made?  Maybe you want round cabinets instead of traditionally sized square ones?  Most people will buy base units and customize the finishes to meet their tastes.  You can apply this same creativity when thinking about your new exhibits. (more…)


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