Traditionally, in the museum exhibit industry, businesses have either been design-only or fabrication-only. Taylor Studios, for instance, was founded in 1991 as a fab-only firm. By the mid-to-late-nineties clients were asking us to design for them, too. Sometimes they wanted us to design from scratch or to reconfigure a previous designer’s work. We officially made the switch to design-build after the turn of the century (that sounds weird doesn’t it?!).Continue Reading
After nine years in the museum design business, I know what will happen when people ask me where I work. Our name draws a blank look, so then I say, “We design and build museum exhibits.” I can see the light bulb turning on in their mind. Telling someone what we do opens a door on an industry few members of the general public know about. That’s how it was with me when I first heard about Taylor Studios at grad school in Ann Arbor. I never thought about how museums created their exhibits, but it was obvious that serious thought had gone into how these artifacts and models were displayed.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading