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Kara


May 12th, 2014 by

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Meet the Staff Monday, but with three new faces, we thought this was a great opportunity!  Please welcome Kate, Molly, and Matthew! (more…)

Kara


January 14th, 2013 by

How long have you been with TSI?
1 yr 9 months

Where did you work before joining the TSI team?
Bonham Construction in Mahomet, doing project management for commercial construction projects

What do you do at TSI?
Project Management

Hometown?
Paxton, IL

What’s your favorite TSI project?
Wickiup Hill

Why?
Because the concept of basing a series of exhibits on a storybook is really exciting, and I would have loved this kind of thing as a child!  I love seeing kids get excited about learning and nature and it’s great to start encouraging that at an early age.

What’s something your coworkers don’t know about you?
If I hadn’t gone to school for architecture I wanted to become a professional organizer of some sort.  My closets, cabinets, and even files at home are scary organized, and I love helping others organize anything.

What’s your favorite part of the day?
Walk-through because you get to see all the progress made over the last workday, things change so quickly!

What are some of your hobbies?
Fitness & working-out

Football (go Bears!)

Remodeling house / refurbishing furniture

What do you think potential clients should know about TSI?
How talented everyone that works here is!  It blows me away every day to see what people can do.

And how much fun we have at work.  I appreciate that people can take the time to enjoy what they are doing and the people they are working with.

Kara


December 17th, 2012 by

How long have you been with TSI?
1 yr 8 months

Where did you work before joining the TSI team?
I worked at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History – through Carnegie Mellon University. Before that, I was an intern for 3 consecutive summers at Atomic Design Inc.

What do you do at TSI?
Exhibit Designer

Hometown?
Millersville, Pa

What’s your favorite TSI project?
I don’t think that I can pick just one.

Why?
There are aspects of each that I like a lot.

What’s something your coworkers don’t know about you?
Most people know my background is in industrial design, but they don’t know that before I was introduced to exhibit design I wanted to be a children’s furniture/toy designer. Or a music journalist.

What’s your favorite part of the day?
Any time of the day when I get to brainstorm with my coworkers on a new project.

What are some of your hobbies?
Concerts/Festivals, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Crafting, Reading, Spending time with friends/family

What do you think potential clients should know about TSI?
We have excellent, themed potlucks.

Kara


December 10th, 2012 by

How long have you been with TSI?
Since February

Where did you work before joining the TSI team?
I was a freelance Set Designer/Scenic Artist living in the Chicago area

What do you do at TSI?
Exhibit Designer

Hometown?
Oakland, IL

What’s your favorite TSI project?
I’ve had a hand in a lot of different projects since I started here so it’s hard to narrow it down. But that in itself is probably my favorite part- always being involved in a variety of projects. It’s not the same thing every day.

What’s something your coworkers don’t know about you?
We’re a pretty close-knit group. I don’t think there’s anything about myself that I haven’t already said to my co-workers.

What’s your favorite part of the day?
‘Pete Talks.’  Every Friday at 3pm our in-house, self-appointed therapist volunteers to council the ladies in the office.  It’s really quite amusing.

What are some of your hobbies?
Painting, jewelry making, reading, hanging out on the couch watching movies with my fiancé and puppy.

What do you think potential clients should know about TSI?
We’ve got a pretty amazing group of people here all with a wide variety of skills. The client will definitely be in good hands.

Kara


December 3rd, 2012 by

How long have you been with TSI?
Approx. 7 months

Where did you work before joining the TSI team?
I graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN in December 2011 and worked briefly as a special projects facilitator and training assistant at Alan G. Ryle Companies in Champaign before getting hired at Taylor Studios.

What do you do at TSI?
As a graphic designer, I work with exhibit designers and interpreters to establishing a look and feel and then using that inspiration I get to create anything from murals, to wall panels, to reader rails, timelines, brochures— almost anything visual that could come up in the scope of our projects!

Hometown?
Mahomet, IL

What’s your favorite TSI project?
I have not worked on a project from design to installation yet, since design/fabrication is an extensive process, but I am looking forward to that first one!

Looking back at when I was applying at TSI, I remember Rend Lake and Killen’s Pond both catching my eye because of their graphic looks.

Why?
(Above)

What’s something your coworkers don’t know about you?
I have horrible rhythm, anything involving keeping a beat or carrying a tune is my downfall.

What’s your favorite part of the day?
I love designing but it is always most inspiring when I get to go over to the shop and see what they are creating. It is so exciting seeing the ideas come to life!

What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy baking and reading. I also teach yoga part-time at various locations in the C-U area.

What do you think potential clients should know about TSI?
We thrive on relationships, the more we know about a person or site, the better we are at communicating.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Working at Taylor Studios is a dream job! With a background in education and design, I couldn’t imagine a better fit. It is inspiring to think that a successful design can encourage people to learn, engage and explore in history, nature, science or whatever the site has to offer.


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