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Hello friends-
If you had asked me years ago what would be the hardest thing about self employment, I might have said something about the business side: accounting and insurance and taxes and all of those scary self-employment things. Turns out they're not difficult at all.
You know what's the hardest thing? Scheduling and work planning. I write out Gantt charts and critical paths and I portion out my time, but then something happens on the client end and everything gets pushed back so that it coincides with the other large project that was scheduled for that time. It's a never-ending juggling act, and the schedule never, ever turns out as planned. This is my life at the moment. I have many balls in the air, but no idea exactly what I'll be doing in three months' time.
I'm learning to relax and trust that it will all work out, and I'm happy to be busy.
Meanwhile the garden is beautiful and my next generation of rose hybrids are developing. I think one of the reasons I love gardening so much is that the rhythms and rituals of nature are fixed, dependable, and timeless.
Take care-
Don
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Articles

Understanding Audiences: The Downside of "Falk Types"

a group of men in the street dressed mostly alike
About twenty years ago, Dr. John Falk and Dr. Lynn Dierking did a body of research on why people visit museums and other informal learning institutions. It's fascinating and valuable stuff, and if you get a chance to read their work, you really should. They discovered that, broadly speaking, people have a handful of different motivations for visiting our attractions. …

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Recent Projects

Bill Reid Gallery: Visitor Engagement Assessment

exhibition hall, northwest coast art
I really loved this project. I was hired by the director of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art to give an expert assessment of the interpretive and outreach element of the gallery. How were the exhibit labels working? The exhibit layouts? The interpretive communications in general? How about the website? Was it helping them reach their goals? Could …

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Interpretive Signs: Astotin Lake

Interpretive Signs: Astotin Lake

New photos!

I worked with Melanie Greenaway, designer, and Keely Langford, writer and together we put together a concept, interpretive plan, and interpretive text for a whole new suite of interpretive panels at Astotin Lake in beautiful Elk Island National Park, Alberta. The park went on to hire Metrographics to do the design and fabrication and the results are spectacular. I am …

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Interpretive signs course?

Many of you have asked if I am offering my course in developing interpretive signs this year. I definitely hope to do so this fall or winter. At the moment I am trying to settle my work plan for the fall —I want to make sure I have the time to give the course my full attention.
As soon as I am able to identify a date for the course, I will let you know through this newsletter.
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