Nora loves winter.

New Business Development / HR Director

If Nora isn’t in the office, she's probably outdoors. In the summer, she's gardening at home. In the winter, she spends her time-off mogul skiing in Vermont. She joined Taylor in 1996, helping to build Taylor from a 3-person studio with five clients to the successful multidisciplinary agency it is today.

Before Taylor: Nine years as graphic design director at Goldsmith/Jeffrey Advertising in New York City, working with clients such as El Al Airlines, J. P. Morgan and NYNEX. Two years with Tobias Design and two years with Chiat/Day, both in NYC. Graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, and began her career as a junior designer at Beckman Associates in her hometown of Albany, New York.

Recommended digital field trips: Facebook, Pinterest, online shopping at Sierra Trading Post and REI

Favorite IRL field trips: The beaches of Rhode Island to watch her two sons fish. Or any place with snow.

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Custom Made Jackets

Thatcher Wine loves nothing more than the perfect jacket. One that tells a fantastic story and is aesthetically pleasing—on or off the shelf. Thatcher Wine is the founder of Juniper Books, which is not your typical bookshop. Juniper Books specializes in collections of books, custom sets created for bibliophiles and interior designers. Hundreds of anything… Read More

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A Library of Dresses

French fashion designer Sylvie Facon designs and sews gorgeous high fashion dresses. Each dress is one of a kind, painstakingly hand-painted, delicately embroidered, and accented with beads, baubles, and lace. They are truly romantic and beyond beautiful! As an unexpected decorative element, Facon incorporates antique book spines in some of her dresses. The spines of… Read More

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Gifted Griddle Master

Creative expression manifests itself in thousands of ways. Most commonly, people pick up a pen, pencil, chalk, or brush to doodle, draw, or paint. Paper, canvas, walls, and streets are some of the places where we expect to see these forms of creative expression. However, Brek Nebel, a field service engineer by day, has found… Read More

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Just Enough

Sister City, a new hotel in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, has created a different standard for the hospitality industry called “compassionate hospitality.” Situated in Manhattan’s Bowery—a neighborhood which historically had been viewed as anything but compassionate—Sister City is beautifully modern, thoughtfully efficient, and affordable (by Manhattan standards). Atelier Ace, Sister City’s designers/developers, seemed to have… Read More

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Flower Flash

A tasteful flower arrangement can make any social gathering special, including an NYC subway platform, a street corner, or an obsolete telephone booth. Lewis Miller, an NYC- based floral designer, has adorned numerous mundane Manhattan locations as his gift to New Yorkers. On his website, Lewis Miller Design, Miller explains how “Flower Flash” came to… Read More

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Bye-bye and Hello

As a Mariachi band played, the workers at a Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico waved bye-bye to the last Beetle as it rolled off the production line. Originally designed in the 1930s by Ferdinand Porsche, the Beetle or “Bug” went into mass production in 1938. Since then, over 23 million Beetles have been driven globally.… Read More

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Painting by the Numbers

Postwar Americans were teased with phrases like: “Every man a Rembrandt” or “Paint a beautiful picture the first time you try.” This was in the 1950s, and Americans were welcoming the new concepts of leisure time and disposable income. Dan Robbins, a package designer with a Detroit paint company, was tasked by his boss to… Read More

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Need a Jolt?

Millions of people all around the world are sleepy. I wake up drowsy and—like the millions of drowsy people around the world—if I can’t get just 10 more minutes of sleep, coffee is the perfect antidote. Craving a dose of a stimulant like coffee gets me past the overwhelming urge to take a nap. Global… Read More

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La Fuerza de las Palabras

Translation: “The Strength of Words” in Spanish. This purposeful phrase has motivated Jose Alberto Gutierrez for the past 20 years. Gutierrez is a bibliophile and a municipal trash collector. His personal interest and career may be considered an unlikely combination, intersecting while on-the-job with a discarded copy of Anna Karenina. Since the day Gutierrez rescued… Read More