December 11th, 2014 by
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Five Scary Truths About CollaborationIn 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.


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December 9th, 2014 by
Posted in Eye on Design


People get excited about the simplest things.  As designers we can use this to our advantage. For example, take a look at this installation. It’s certainly eye catching, it has movement through light, it’s collaborative, and best of all it’s simplistic in its concept. Turning on a light is something we do every day. But this makes it exciting! This makes something as simple as pulling on a string an experience.

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December 3rd, 2014 by
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Fulton Mansion State Historic SiteLike most graphic designers, there is a special place in my heart for typography. As a graphic designer at an exhibit design firm, I am especially intrigued by how type and text can be used dimensionally within a space.

Type helps set the mood for a design—think vintage hand painted lettering, ornate calligraphic script, crisp typewriter text—each evokes a specific aesthetic. When designing an exhibit, typographic cues become even more important, helping set a visitor within a specific era or genre and appealing to a certain demographic. Read the rest of this entry »


November 26th, 2014 by
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Pete & Cory at NAI National WorkshopMost 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. Read the rest of this entry »


November 20th, 2014 by

Betty Brennan with Dad, Bob BrennanA 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.

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