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Hayao Miyazaki's Museum Manifesto
Hayao Miyazaki is a film artist who has created some amazing animated films for Studio
Ghibli in Japan.  (Some of my favorites include "Spirited Away" and "My
Neighbor Totoro".) He also has created one of my all-time favorite museum manifestos, which I th...
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Museums And Objects
I've been involved with a number of exciting exhibition projects recently that have involved using authentic objects in interesting, and non-traditional, ways to tell compelling stories. This work has really forced me to consider how bad a job many of the l...
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Favorite ExhibiTricks Posts: People, Tools, and Inspiration (Summer 2015 Edition)
I've been doing the ExhibiTricks blog for over eight(!) years now, and in that time I've built up quite a "back catalog" of articles and resources. Since it's summer (in North America) and that is often a time for slowing down and catching up on reading and...
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ROAD TRIP! More Museums Worth a Special Visit
My family and I are off to visit friends and relatives in Detroit, so of course my mind heads in the direction of interesting places to visit.  I've written about "Museums Worth A Special Trip" in previous ExhibiTricks posts (see here , here , and here !) b...
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Creative Design Toolbox: PAINT!
Paint is often an underutilized creative tool, so here's a round-up of four interesting types of paint that you can incorporate into some of your next design projects: ALBEDO 100 PAINT Albedo 100 paint is a series of four different sprays that are essential...
Paint is often an underutilized creative tool, so here's a round-up of four interesting types...
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Museums as Magic Places: An Interview with Carol Bossert
Carol Bossert is owner and principal of CB Services, LLC a consulting practice that helps cultural institutions, government agencies and corporations tell their stories in museums, visitor centers and community venues.  She is an interpretive planner, conte...
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Give Your Exhibition Development Process A Summer Vacation!
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charettes can be a great way to break out of your normal exhibition development process and give yourself a mental/procedural "summer vacation" of sorts, so I thought now would an apropos time for an "encore" post on the topic.   Working with other...
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Exhibit Labels: The Story Behind the Second Edition Interview with Beverly Serrell (and FREE Book Giveaway!)
Since 1979, Beverly Serrell has been an exhibit and evaluation consultant with art, history, natural history, and science museums, as well as zoos and aquariums. She previously was head of a museum education department for eight years, and worked as a high ...
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Are You Building a Team of Loyalists or Mercenaries?
I think I've found another quality that distinguishes a great museum from a merely so-so museum. And that's whether you are building a team of loyalists or mercenaries.  (I was struck by this idea after reading this recent article by Fred Wilson. ) Are you ...
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Or are you turning your loyalists into mercenaries?
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What is a High Quality Museum?
How would you define "High Quality" in the context of museums?  It's a slippery term (like "World Class" which we've written about before here on ExhibiTricks .)  Every museum wants to be described as "High Quality" and "World Class" but what do those terms...
How would you define "High Quality" in the context of museums?  It's a slippery ter...
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Interesting Read about a term we all over use.
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Three Lists
“The best laid schemes o' mice an' men ... " Robert Burns could have been a museum planner.  Despite the best laid schemes for our museum and exhibit projects, things often do go awry.  Whether it happens during the initial stages of value engineering (ofte...
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Rewind: The World's Best Museum?
Here's one of my personal favorite ExhibiTricks articles.  I thought it was worth rewinding as an  "encore" posting.  Enjoy! "We want to build the world's best science museum." That's
what the leader of a group of board members from an emerging museum
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I’m an instigator, in the best sense of that word. I like to mix up interesting people, ideas, and materials to develop amazing interactive exhibits. I run my own museum exhibit design company called POW! (Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc.) on Long Island.

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