April 16th, 2014 by Betty

Jason Cox's Many Titles (or lack thereof)

In a small company, or any place with a small number of staff, you often have to wear a lot of hats.  When I look back at our start up days, I’m surprised at the many roles I played.  I could have done accounting, cast an artifact replica, and designed exhibits all in one day.  Those were the days when design was completed at the kitchen table, accounting and marketing in the spare bedroom, and a lot of production in the garage.  One of the advantages of growing a company is each individual can eventually concentrate on their strengths.  Unfortunately, this did take us a long time to learn.  Even after having a larger staff, I would assign an artistic person to project management.  The logic was, “well, they know our business and can explain it well to our clients.”  They were never happy in these roles and what fun is that?  Yet, my mantra was we all have to do what we have to do.  Jason reminded me at one point I even got rid of everyone’s titles.  I didn’t want to hear “that’s not my job.”  Well, in reality, I still don’t want to hear that.  To a degree we still have to jump in where needed.  Yet, mostly we focus on what our individual strengths are. (more…)


April 10th, 2014 by Samantha
Posted in Eye on Design
Example of good interpretive signage

Example: what to do (Exhibit by Cinnabar)

Interpretive signage and graphics typically play an important role in conveying your message within an exhibit, whether it be wayside or outdoor exhibits, interior exhibits, or other types of displays.  In no particular order, here are some tips to help ensure your interpretive signage design is effective: (more…)


April 1st, 2014 by Betty

Designing a home has similar considerations to designing a museum exhibit. I recently met with a Timberframe constructor and he gave me some pointers to get started. He drew a triangle, at the peak was the budget, the two sides are size and level of finish. Work with these in mind as you envision your dream home or dream exhibit. In a museum exhibit I would switch level of finish with level of interactivity or immersion.

In a home, the kitchen is almost always the most expensive room in the house. Raising the quality of lighting, appliances, countertops or furniture can raise the overall square foot price of the home. It’s also the most interactive room in the house. In the museum world interactives cost more than most other types of exhibits. Before you start with drawing the design of your home it is best to think of these three parameters and your preferences. I personally prefer a smaller home with a somewhat higher level of finish. Yet, I can also do a hybrid approach. The level of finishes may be high in the great room and kitchen and less in the other rooms. (more…)


March 28th, 2014 by Kristina
Posted in Taylor Thoughts

5 Points for a Fabulous & Functional Infographic First off, let’s define an infographic, an infographic organizes information visually in an interesting and relevant way in an effort to gain and hold the audiences’ attention until that information is consumed and understood. It’s not just a matter of simply adding color to copy or little icons here and there—a true infographic should have visual merit that reinforces the content. So how can we make successful infographics? Here are five tips to guide you! (more…)


March 21st, 2014 by Ryan
Posted in Being Green

For every cutting edge new building, there are ten museums and nature centers that inhabit an older location. Sustainability isn’t limited to organizations with new construction, though, and there are many examples of green features that can be added to existing buildings. In many cases, the limitations of buildings with character and history inspire creative solutions to integrating sustainability. Here are four museums that have greened their existing buildings with an eye on cutting costs, helping the environment, and teaching visitors about sustainable choices. (more…)

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