Coming Out: The Story of a Design-Build Firm

Taylor Studios, Inc.In the early years, Taylor Studios, was often a subcontract fabricator of other firms in the industry. Most of the time, other fabricators came to us to get bids for scenic work. Occasionally, a design-only firm would bring us on as their builder. In both of these scenarios, we were relied on heavily to do the final construction drawings or to figure out how you could build some very unique components.

From the start of the business, we had clients ask us to design their exhibits. For example, in the late 90’s we designed five galleries covering Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, Europe, The Americas, and The Ancient Mediterranean for The Spurlock Museum. Even earlier than that, a client like The Children’s Museum of Illinois would asked us what we could design and build within a very limited budget. It was more expensive for them to put a small exhibit like Our Body Our House out to more than one firm.Continue Reading

Kids Have the Darnedest Observations

Pete & Cory at NAI National WorkshopMost years, Taylor Studios, Inc. presents a session at the NAI National Workshop. We develop sessions with concentrated focus on the target audience. We ask the following question of each of our sessions, “What useful, insightful, and provocative information can we offer to attendees?”

Despite the fact that our sessions must all rise to the order of useful, insightful, and provocative, we are continually surprised at the seemingly arbitrary popularity across individual sessions. Some sessions seem to provide perfect content at the perfect time, and others not so much. Continue Reading