February 24th, 2015
In the early years, Taylor Studios, was often a subcontract fabricator of other firms in the industry. Most of the time, other fabricators came to us to get bids for scenic work. Occasionally, a design-only firm would bring us on as their builder. In both of these scenarios, we were relied on heavily to do the final construction drawings or to figure out how you could build some very unique components.
From the start of the business, we had clients ask us to design their exhibits. For example, in the late 90’s we designed five galleries covering Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, Europe, The Americas, and The Ancient Mediterranean for The Spurlock Museum. Even earlier than that, a client like The Children’s Museum of Illinois would asked us what we could design and build within a very limited budget. It was more expensive for them to put a small exhibit like Our Body Our House out to more than one firm. (more…)
December 23rd, 2014
When I started writing this end-of-year-blog, I really wasn’t sure what to write about. I thought about giving you a synopsis of all the projects Taylor Studios completed this year or telling you about some of the fun things that happened around the office, but then I wondered what would be most impactful for you, our readers. So, this won’t be your typical year-in-review where I tell you all about us. I hope it will be better than that. I hope you will find it…valuable. (more…)
November 20th, 2014
A few years ago my 83 year old father carried a toilet up a set of stairs and got a back ache a few days later. After a month of visiting doctors at various locations and still being in pain, he was admitted to the hospital. I received a call from my aunt that day telling me I needed to come take care of him, so I immediately made the four hour drive. That night our small town hospital helicoptered my dad to St. Francis Medical Center, a much bigger institution. I was in shock that his back ache lead to this. My father spent another seven weeks at St. Francis before he passed away. Until the end, I really thought he would be released.
November 10th, 2014
Do you hold yourself accountable to achieving results for your interpretive center, your visitors, your staff, your board, and your foundation? How do you assess how well you are doing in your role? Are you willing to look in the mirror and do the hard work of self-assessment? Do you criticize leadership elsewhere without looking at your own? If you blame, criticize, or play the victim, that might be a signal it is time to look at how you lead.
Through this blog, we have encouraged you to set goals and objectives. However, when we check back with clients years later, most have not assessed whether or not they achieved their objectives. The majority of our clients can speak to whether visitation is up or down, but the rest of the objectives seem to go by the wayside. Is it healthy leadership when there is no accountability to your exhibit objectives? Are you measuring whether you are achieving the mission of your organization? (more…)
October 1st, 2014
I am sure you have all heard of the KISS principle. Keeping things simple is more effective. This certainly applies to technology and storytelling in interpretive exhibit design. A couple weeks ago, I visited King John’s Castle in Limerick, Ireland. They recently installed six million Euro of new exhibitry in this 13th Century Castle. This new visitor experience is the cornerstone and start of Limerick’s development plan to become Ireland’s first City of Culture. (more…)