These days,clients have a pretty clear picture of what exactly they want their homes or offices to look like. And when they approach you with their lists of design bits, you definitely need to absorb every word they say. From that point, you have to use all of it to create the perfect design presentation.
Design Presentation: How important is it?
A lot, lot of hard work, brainstorming, creativity, knowledge and patience goes into making such a masterpiece. And all the while, you also need to think like your client!
Well, the right design presentations work like magic, while a small presenation mistake destroys the whole deal. So, it is important that you know the right tool to use in the right way. And what exactly are these presentation tools? Here we list down a few of them.
Design presentation tools
By tools, we mean the various ways through which you can convey your designs to the client. Obviously, the client should immmediately understand your design message. So when it comes to such tools, a lot depends on how clients perceive each one of them.
1. Mood Board
A mood board is a quick-to-assemble design presentation tool. It conveys the basic design features, such as colors, light fixtures, fabrics, textures etc that you have in your mind.
You may very well compare it to a collage- but one that strongly conveys the design elements and principles that you are going to use.
No matter how good a mood board is, it is not successful without an accompanying presentation speech. Yes, you really need to speak out about each element on your mood board. But, it should be just like underlining the concept- and not explaining every single bit!
2. Detailed Sketches & Illustrations
Contrary to a mood board, this one is a real tester of patience! Hand-rendered drawings are the classic design presentation tools. A skilled designer can put her talents to work, on paper. A manual sketch takes a good amount of time, labour and patience. Also, too many corrections means starting another sketch from scratch!( That’s because corrections spoil the neat look of the sketches!)
You can impress the client with different mediums and methods. But, make sure their design brief is what your sketches show! While you can put up a mood board in 2-3 hours, however, this presentation tool may take some days to weeks.
3. Photorealistic Images
Nowadays, there are many softwares in the market that people use to create strikingly realistic photos of the future interiors. And since these are realistic, these design presentations give the clients a crystal clear idea of how the area will look like. Also, these are big on saving time as well. Some common softwares include 3DS Max, Google SketchUp etc.
So, what’s the catch here? Well, you have to be absolutely sure that these designs are also quite practical on site. Certain designs may look too good to be true- and that’s where issues may arise.
4. Walk-through Realistic videos
This is one of trending design presentations currently in almost all areas. Here, you can combine softwares such as 3dsMax, revit or SketchUp with Lumion, Rhino3D or other videogame softwares to achieve perfect 3d walkthroughs. Wait a minute, what exactly is it though?!
Well, such a video gives you a virtual feel of the space since it takes you through different spaces in interior. It feels as if you are walking inside the structure and watching everything through you viewpoint. Hope you get the point!
5. 3D-Printed Models
Well, gone are the days when designers and architects would hurriedly put up a mount board/ substitute model. These days, 3-d Model making and 3D Printing is HUGE!! A 3d printer makes seamless and quick models depending on the plans and elevations. Also, these models have far more accuracy than the traditional models. But, the only hiccup is the costs involved.
It isn’t quite beyond reach, but it often becomes unreasonable for a small project. However, it is excellent when it comes to large scale projects, both in terms of economy and time.
Ultimately, go with the tool that makes sense to you, your client, the scope of project and the budget. A great design is successful only when it is implemented. And it can be implemented only when the client knows what exactly will be made out of it. And the best way to make that happen, is a great Design Presentation!