Museum Exhibition Contract Drawing Specifications

When creating museum exhibition design drawings, the drawings become part of the fabrication contract documents. The National Park Service (NPS) and the Smithsonian are the benchmarks for Museum Exhibition Contract Drawing Specifications.

Museum Planning Template

The National Park Services’s, Harper’s Ferry Center has created the “Exhibit Planner Template”. A freely distributable template that runs on Filemaker for Mac or PC and “helps exhibit teams manage content elements and keep track of project goals, quality factors, and project requirements related to content.”

Working Big to Small

When I am working on a project I am always thinking “Big to Small”.  What are the big things that need to be finished before I can move onto the smaller and then smaller tasks.  It is all to easy to get tied up in the smaller tasks at the start of a project, so I think “Big to Small” …

Museum Planning Software

Below is a list of the software I use. I use a MacBook Pro, travel often so like having the laptop.  In the studio have two Mac design workstations and an office computer. Design: Sketchup – Free, 3D drawing software Tux Paint – Free, Great for doing a quick sketches VectorWorks – Drafting Photoshop – Image Editing Illustrator – Drawing …

Gantt Project

I am a visual person,until I have a Pert Chart or a Gantt Chart I don’t really understand a project.  I love Gantt Project a free and open source project management software.  It is similar to Microsoft Project with one big advantage (besides being free) that it is cross platform working on Windows, Linux and MacOS.  I have started creating …

Exhibition Fabrication

Steering Wheel Prototype People always use the word partner when taking about business relationships, as part of the museum planning process finding a fabricator you can work with is truly a partnership. Often ideas will come up and before you want to move forward you want the project estimated, any good fabricator can do it, but they will only estimate …

Birth of a Science Center

Mobius Lab NorthTown Mall 4750 North Division Spokane, Washington  99207 Most Science Centers and Children’s Museums start with a preview facility, often in a mall.  The preview facility offers several advantages: A way to educate the public about Science Centers and Children’s Museums Serve as a training facility for staff Educate and build interest with stakeholders and donors Create a …