Here's an outline of our Design Process. Our client's nearly always need some help with project management too, so you may wish to look at our Budget Management and Project Scheduling Services which are listed below the Design Services.
If you've never used a designer before, and you're wondering where to start, there's a list for that too, at the very bottom of the page.
A. Design Services
1. Concept Design
Sketches of the overall idea for the exhibition, with an indication of the main materials and method of construction to be used. This part of the process is about brainstorming lots of inspiring ideas, using rough sketches as the way of conversing between the client and the designer. The resultant drawings provide the client with a useful tool for raising funds, seeking grants, and explaining the project to stakeholders.
2. Developed Design
This follows the acceptance of the concept design by the client. It involves research into the cost and suitability of materials and methods of construction for the main components of the display. This part of the process is about fitting the inspiring idea to the budget and method of construction.
3. Detail Design and Documentation
Detailed drawings and specifications describing the materials, fastenings, finishes and graphics for the fabrication of all aspects of the display. These drawings and specifications provide documents to hold the manufacturer to account, if anything is made incorrectly.
Maximum Service: On site installation and construction assistance and supervision. Minimum Service: Off site installation monitoring with daily progress reporting from Installer via Skype, email or phone, with photos of progress. This enables technical problems to be picked up and solved as they arise, saving time and money, and ensuring a high quality result.
B. Budget Management Services
1. Approximate Costing
A loose approximation of the overall project cost, or an indication of what it is likely to be achievable with your given budget. Subject to change.
2. Preliminary Cost Estimate
Contractors and suppliers will be contacted to give preliminary estimates of the time and cost of producing components of the display. A spreadsheet of likely suppliers and quantities of materials/services will be collated. This preliminary costing is an estimate only, and may vary up to 20%.
3. Tendering and Budget Confirmation.
A schedule of materials and recommended suppliers will be provided. Detailed drawings for fabrication will be sent to potential suppliers for quotes. The designer will then recommend the best tenders. Once the contractors have been selected the costs for the fabrication and installation will be confirmed. Once the budget is approved exhibition components that require prefabrication will then be commissioned.
4. Construction Monitoring
Checking that all components are made according to drawings and specifications. Remedial action taken or recommended as required.
C. Project Scheduling Services
1. Approximate Schedule
An indication of whether your proposed time frame is likely to be achievable.
2. Preliminary Schedule
The suggested program for completion of design, fabrication and installation is outlined at this time.
3. Schedule Confirmation
A critical path will be provided. This details time taken to do tasks, and which tasks have to be complete before others can proceed. The schedule for the fabrication and installation is confirmed once the contractors have been selected. The delivery of materials and services for installation can be coordinated if required.
4. Installation Management
The detailed timetabling and allocation of tasks to meet the opening deadline. For on site installation only: The supervision and management of installation staff.
Here's the information we need from you, before we can get started.
m2 of your space . Site description by way of photos and architectural plans. Outline of main storylines/subjects. Approximate no. of artefacts, photos and dimensions of key artefacts. Main security, egress, lighting, sound, and audiovisual requirements.
Outline of target audiences, key stakeholders, and grant requirements.
Overall budget if already determined. All limits to fees and/or materials budget.
An indication of the management and construction capabilities of your organization
Any deadlines that must be met.