#tbt to this install. There’s a lot of science involved in getting a concept/design into a smooth #production . In this particular project, we had to create a space that was quite compact, where the ceiling and the floor must meet. Any discrepancies between the two meant lost squarefootage for the exhibit. Something as simple as a flooring installation could be tedious and time-consuming (to ensure this precision) but could be made easier and faster (easier and faster means less money for your client) just by doing your homework as a designer:
1. Unless a venue send you an as-built CAD drawing, it is safe to assume that your CAD drawing might be off from the real building. So if you are in the same city as the venue, visit it, and measure 4 or 5 different spots to compare. If you’re far away from the venue, ask a venue manager to check a few spots for you.
2. Check your flooring module (is it a tile that is 18”x18”? A carpet that is 12’ wide?). Whenever possible, design intelligently to create a logical break within this module. It will be easier to ensure precision this way.
3. Send your flooring vendor real vector file: CAD, DXF as well as the PDF with clear dimensions and call outs.
4. Create a register point that every vendor (flooring, wall fabricator, riggers, AV) use to start their mapping. Basically establishing the 0,0 coordinate.
5. #Onsite : mark the floor where 0,0 is, or other important register mark.
By this time, hopefully you have already ruled out any possible hindrance in the air that will prevent your ceiling structure to be set at the same 0,0. 🤣
P.S. : These are just suggestions. The fact is, no matter how inefficient, everything will eventually get built, because the show must go on. However, if you do the above, you are contributing to the effort of keeping costs down and chances are, you will be able to pack more punch to the #design . The money is actually spent on visible things, rather than overtime costs or waste costs. How are you benefiting from this? You get a better product for your portfolio (not to mention, your client got a better product for their money). Cheers! 🥂
#tbt #designlife #planning #scenography - 16 days ago