December 16th, 2014
After nine years in the museum design business, I know what will happen when people ask me where I work. Our name draws a blank look, so then I say, “We design and build museum exhibits.” I can see the light bulb turning on in their mind. Telling someone what we do opens a door on an industry few members of the general public know about. That’s how it was with me when I first heard about Taylor Studios at grad school in Ann Arbor. I never thought about how museums created their exhibits, but it was obvious that serious thought had gone into how these artifacts and models were displayed. (more…)
In our profession, as in many, collaboration is essential – both inter-office, and external. Our clients hire us because we’re good listeners and we’re responsive to their needs. They hire us for our collaborative practice. They don’t hire us because we’re “yes” men (or women); but for our expertise and expert opinion. If you were to request a polar bear model be added to your salt-water marsh exhibit, we’re going to
tell you the hard truth recommend against it. I’ve heard many stories from clients in my time in this industry – many who have worked with great, mediocre, and plain bad designers.
November 26th, 2014
Most years, Taylor Studios, Inc. presents a session at the NAI National Workshop. We develop sessions with concentrated focus on the target audience. We ask the following question of each of our sessions, “What useful, insightful, and provocative information can we offer to attendees?”
Despite the fact that our sessions must all rise to the order of useful, insightful, and provocative, we are continually surprised at the seemingly arbitrary popularity across individual sessions. Some sessions seem to provide perfect content at the perfect time, and others not so much. (more…)
November 5th, 2014
As a manager and person of authority within our organization, I often forget how things I say or how my facial expressions are interpreted by others. I am at all times thinking about several things at once. Often I find myself answering the question “Everything going all right?” as I am walking into the fabrication shop or design department. Most of the time everything is fine and I am just thinking about things that need addressed at some point in my day.
So why is this a problem worthy of writing a blog about? Well, my recent trip to Tennessee somewhat opened my eyes to just how effective one’s tone of voice and facial expressions can be. (more…)
Authenticity is of the utmost importance throughout most creative industries; original work is held in the highest regard, as indicated by standards and laws set to prevent copyright infringement, plagiarism and forgery. The forgery of classical art in particular is a very interesting concept, as it takes an immense amount of skill to accomplish a believable replication.
“Art and Craft,” a documentary film featured at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of Mark Landis – a man who has become one of “the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history.” He has created and donated numerous forgeries to museums across the country over the past 30 years. Landis seems to have found a way to cheat the system; he isn’t selling the pieces, his actions are purely philanthropic, which protects him from the law. (more…)