Betty


April 23rd, 2014 by

After more than 23 years of working in the interpretive design and fabrication arena, I repeatedly hear from clients they want their exhibits to be different and unique from all others.  Of course, every client has a different resource, history and story to tell, yet there are tried and true methods that can work for all visitor experiences.  Often components in exhibits can be similar and there are a few elements that can be unique.  Reasonably, this is how you will be able to effectively utilize limited budgets.  As an analogy, if you are renovating your kitchen, will you go to the expense to have everything custom made?  Maybe you want round cabinets instead of traditionally sized square ones?  Most people will buy base units and customize the finishes to meet their tastes.  You can apply this same creativity when thinking about your new exhibits. (more…)

Ryan


April 17th, 2014 by
Posted in Being Green
Cork and sustainable printing materials were used for this exhibit at Grand Bay NERR

Cork and other sustainable materials were used in exhibits at Grand Bay NERR

My last two posts have focused on the sustainability and environmental features of a building. After that big picture view, I am now going to focus on what clients nationwide come to Taylor Studios for; great exhibits. It’s a given that our exhibits will be interpretively based, innovatively designed, and well built. They can also be sustainable, but what does that mean for an exhibit? (more…)

Betty


April 16th, 2014 by

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…)

Ryan


March 21st, 2014 by
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…)

Grant


March 20th, 2014 by

The purpose of this guide is to inform and educate clients managing a new exhibit project that includes human figures.  The fabrication of lifecast figures requires significantly more decisions and approvals than a typical component we fabricate.  Should the figure be full color or monochromatic?  Will the clothing be natural or hard coated?  Will the figure be lifecast or sculpted? What are the crucial approval points?  Over the next several months I’ll be posting additional information regarding starting fabrication, figure fabrication, assembly, and paint/theming. (more…)


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