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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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Show Me, Don't Tell Me: Thoughts on ACM's 2015 InterActivity Conference in Indianapolis
I love going to the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) InterActivity Conference for many reasons. First and foremost, Children's Museums folks are FUN to hang out with!  Also,  InterActivity is consistently one of the most thought-provoking professiona...
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Rogue Sessions and Conversations: Thoughts on AAM 2015 in Atlanta
I always have conflicted feelings about attending the AAM (American Alliance of Museums) Conference.  In many ways, the event is too big and unwieldy, and filled with annoying logistical hassles. (This year was no exception!)  On the other hand, there are o...
I always have conflicted feelings about attending the AAM (American Alliance of Museums) Conferen...
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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 ...
I think I've found another quality that distinguishes a great museum from a merely so-so mu...
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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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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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Writing and Responding to RFPs: The Dance Everyone Can Do Better
The following summary captures the discussion at the recent Conversation hosted by The Museum Group (TMG) during the American Alliance of Museums conference held in Atlanta.  This post was jointly prepared by Carol Bossert, Paul Orselli and Barbara Punt to ...
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Activated Sound: An Interview with Steve Haas
Steve Haas, owner of SH Acoustics , is the leading specialist in acoustics and audio for museums, exhibition galleries and themed entertainment venues. Steve works with architects, exhibit designers, multimedia producers and systems integrators to achieve o...
Steve Haas, owner of SH Acoustics , is the leading specialist in acoustics and audio for museum...
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  • POW! (Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc.)
    Museum Exhibit Designer, present
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Detroit, MI - Austin, TX - Ypsilanti, MI - Acton, MA
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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.

Let's talk about your next exhibit design project!
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    1982
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