March 18th, 2014 by Betty

Exhibit Planning/Strategic Planning

Exhibit planning is like strategic planning:

  • sets priorities
  • ensures that the team is moving towards common goals
  • outlines the intended outcomes/results
  • sets timelines and budgets
  • describes who you serve and why
  • describes tactics/actions needed to get there

Effective planning articulates where you are going, how you are going to get there, and what it will look like when you get there.  It’s a disciplined effort that guides the team and stakeholders to move in a defined direction. Read the rest of this entry »


March 14th, 2014 by Brant

Why Scheduling Delays Costs More Anyone who has been involved with a museum exhibit design-build project knows that this process can take many months or, more likely, even years to complete.  During this time, numerous items can delay the installation of an exhibit.  There can be building delays, renovation delays, funding delays, contractual negotiating delays, bureaucratic paperwork delays, approval process delays, or even delays caused by Mother Nature herself.  These delays could be days, months, or sometimes years.  When items like these do happen, the project manager negotiates a new schedule.   However, dates are not the only thing that might change. Read the rest of this entry »


March 13th, 2014 by Samantha
Posted in Eye on Design

Cost of Exhibit Design Services

Custom exhibit design can be a complex service to put a price on.  In the museum and interpretive center realm, design is typically priced as a percentage of the overall budget.  In order to manage our man (and woman) hours within a fixed budget, we have developed a well-defined, collaborative design process. The process details exactly what clients can expect every step of the way, and we typically budget for one round of revisions per deliverable.  When additional revisions are requested that go beyond the contracted scope of work, we discuss the additional costs with our client before proceeding with a Change Order. Read the rest of this entry »


March 11th, 2014 by Betty

Copywriting costsDifferent Tastes and Perspectives

Part of the exhibit design process is writing copy for graphic panels. This is a difficult process to control costs. Time is money and it is difficult to forecast and control the amount of hours for research and copywriting. This is the same on the client’s end. Often different experts are brought in to review copy. Unfortunately, it is rare that everyone will like the same copywriting style. Read the rest of this entry »


March 7th, 2014 by Kara

Engaging Nature Center and Museum Visitors through Social Networks Some of you probably read the title and immediately thought to yourself (or perhaps out loud startling your officemate) “Of course I am! I run a museum (or a nature center or a visitor center) and that’s our main objective.” I’m sure that’s true inside your four walls, but I’m wondering if you’re engaging your audience outside – in the land of the internet. Read the rest of this entry »

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