The Design Process
Every project is different, I like it that way! But, I have set out a rough outline of what you might expect to happen when ordering a bespoke piece. If you have any questions, please do get in touch and we can talk more about your specific project or idea.
1 – BRIEFING
The first step is to have a chat about what your project, either on the phone/skype or via email. We can go over any ideas you have, chat about budget, your venue/window and what is achievable. It’s also a chance for me to get the low down on any potential installation restrictions and other practical information.
This enables me to go away and either add to a brief you have sent, or write one from scratch. This is an important step to ensure we are on the same page from the get go.
2 – RESEARCH AND IDEAS
Then, the creative bit. I am a very visual person so it’s usuallly straight to Pinterest, books, magazines and my note book now. I will pull together reference images and sketch out ideas that I think you will love and, as importantly, will be achievable for your budget and at your venue.
3 – FIRST STAGE DESIGN APPROVAL
Then, it’s time for you to see my initial ideas and mood boards. There will be a few options/variations depending on the brief. We can go through what you like, how much it is likely to cost and how I see the ideas working in reality.
4 – DESIGN REFINEMENT AND DRAWINGS
This is where I get into the nitty gritty with final design and any drawings before final approval from you. You will see a final design before I move onto making your item, there may be a couple of rounds of amends, depending on the type of project we are working on.
At this stage, I will produce any techincal drawings needed for external manufacturers or for your venue/marquee company to check over.
5 – PRODUCTION / MANUFACTURE
I make the majority of my designs in house but I do also work with a trusted wider network of manufacturers for some more specialist processes such as wood working or laser cutting. I send updates and photos throughtout the process so that you can keep up to date with how things are going.
6 – Delivery and Installation
I will either package your item and send it special delivery to your home / venue / shop or I will hand deliver to you and install the decoration / prop as appropriate. I can also post an item and travel to you for installation.
Got an idea? Or stuck with where to start? Get in touch and let’s talk about what’s possible. I have a reliable and practical approach to creativity and am confident I can deliver what you are after.