September 12th, 2014 by
Posted in Quality Control

Taking off the creative director hatI recently had the opportunity to travel to Alaska with several other members of our team for a meeting with a client. While there, we traveled throughout the state visiting visitor centers, nature centers, themed resorts, and museums like the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Since we were working, one of our goals was to critique and document what these facilities were interpreting in order to avoid duplicating that information within our design project.



August 20th, 2014 by
Posted in Taylor Process

Interpretive Plan ObjectivesNow, allow me to share a statement without value: goals and objectives are integral elements in an interpretive plan. Thank you.

Regardless of whether Taylor Studios is developing an interpretive plan or beginning an exhibit design/build, we conduct several on-site activities with stakeholders aimed at gathering salient project goals and objectives.

In our experience, stakeholders love setting interpretive goals, but loathe setting interpretive objectives. Isn’t this similar to Fanny Dooley loving jelly and hating jam? No, not really…not once you evaluate potential reasons. Here are a number of potential reasons: (more…)


July 3rd, 2014 by

approach hiring an exhibit designer like online dating

Wanted: Exhibit Designer

You have spent the last four to ten years fundraising for new exhibits. You’ve written so many grant proposals your head is swimming. Finally, the time has come!  You have the green light to start designing your exhibit space.

So what do you do now?  I imagine choosing a design firm is a rather daunting task. You may be wondering, “Where do I start?” or “What are the qualifications I should look for in a firm?(more…)


June 13th, 2014 by
Posted in Taylor News

Taylor Studios - Sketchbook 6Yes, Sketchbook 6, the latest addition in our sketchbook (brochure) series is here! Our sketchbooks have become somewhat of a collector’s item over the years. How many from the series have you collected? All five, maybe? Take a picture with your Sketchbook collection (has to be originals and not downloaded versions) and post it to our Facebook wall then I’ll send you Sketchbook 6 along with a coffee mug or t-shirt or something else equally cool! If you don’t have the back issues, you can download them or if you’d like a snazzy hardcopy of 4, 5, or 6, email me (kvanskike (at) taylorstudios (dot) com) your address and I’ll be happy to mail one to you (sorry all out of 1 and 2).

A Different Approach

Taylor Studios, Inc. has been on a fantastic Journey over the past 23 years and this Sketchbook shows some of our ‘greatest hits’ from the past four years (that’s how long its been since Sketchbook 5 was introduced!). While keeping with the Sketchbook theme, we changed things up a bit this time around. The most obvious change, aside from the sleeker dark color, is that it’s formatted in landscape rather than portrait. On the inside, you’ll find stories about TSI, many of our recent projects and a QR code which will explain some of the subtle references to…well, I’ll leave that for you to figure out.

Let me know what you think in the comments below and join the Journey online!


May 22nd, 2014 by
Posted in Eye on Design

A literal back door, not the programming equivalent.

When you’re designing do you spend much time thinking about how the client will access and service components? We recently had a client stop by our shop who we had worked with on many projects together. We walked around the shop showing him all the projects we had in progress. (more…)

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