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Do you want to build a snowman?

Do you want to build a snowman?

DSCF0068It seems a fitting question for the winter we’ve had here in the Midwest.

In my 18 years at Downing Exhibits we’ve never been asked to build a snowman, but we have pulled off some amazing things. This past year, I’ve seen a larger than life roll of Duck tape that wowed not only the client but my peers as well.

My job has evolved from being a production artist / graphic designer to having much more involvement with the clients I work for. I often get asked in the planning stages of a project if something is possible and I always do my best to find a way to make it happen. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great people with great ideas. These people make my job not only easy but enjoyable as well.

And although I haven’t had to build a snowman yet, I’m always open to the challenge.

Melissa Llewellyn
Senior Graphic Designer

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Make It Work!

Below will be the first in our Downing “Team Spotlight” series! Stay tuned on the last day of each month to learn a little more about a different member of our amazing team!

My daughters have been fans of the television show Project Runway for many years. One of the supervising designers on the show has a tagline that he says on every episode when giving advice to the competitors. “Make it work!” I borrow his line when I tell my kids about what I do at Downing Exhibits.

I make it work.

image002In thirty years of experience in the cabinetmaking and exhibit industries, I’ve seen hundreds of remarkable design concepts for furniture, cabinetry, museum displays, retail interiors, trade show exhibits, and corporate lobbies. My job is to find the best way to turn these concepts into reality while maintaining quality and staying within budget; a true balancing act.

Sometimes this can be done by using time-tested materials and processes; sometimes I have to invent something new to make it work. Usually, it’s a little bit of both. I sweat the details so our customers don’t have to; every process, material, fastener and finish contributes to the success of the project. Nothing can be overlooked.

In the end, all these factors can be reduced to one simple question: Does it work? If so, our clients are happy and I’m satisfied that I’ve done my job.


Dave Miller

Senior Project Manager