The Buck Stops Here

Design-Build Single Source Accountability Whatever happened to taking responsibility? Is this a lost virtue or has advancing age taken a toll?

What about today’s apologies? “I am sorry if you interpreted what I said in a way that hurt your feelings.” Today’s design/builds make it a little more difficult for those looking to deflect blame and offer non-apology apologies.Continue Reading

What is Design-Build?

Taylor Studios' Cat, JackTraditionally, 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

Museum Exhibit Design – You do what?

Conceptual Design - Sinnemahoning State ParkAfter 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