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 31st, 2014
As a client, creating a new exhibit can be a huge undertaking. The Request for Proposals is only the beginning of what may feel like a Voyage Into The Unknown. You have no map, no guide, and no idea what challenges are ahead. But someone has been there before, and in this case, Taylor Studios can help.
So here are several tedious monsters of exhibit design that you will encounter in the thriller that is your project’s story. If you have been involved with new exhibits before, all of the ugly realities I will lay out here will be familiar – familiar and survivable. (more…)
October 8th, 2014
A case study on the Lincoln Heritage Museum design
Several years ago, my wife and I moved to Illinois so that I could work on a master’s degree. Even though I grew up in the Midwest, I didn’t know much about Illinois other than it was home to Chicago and its slogan is Land of Lincoln (credit Illinois license plates for knowledge of the latter). Fast forward eleven years and; I’m still in Illinois, an official resident, and art director at Taylor Studios Inc., a museum exhibit design and fabrication firm. (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…)