As a senior designer, I am taking clients on a journey to achieve their desired office space. Designers are essentially documenting everything. We take clients on a concept design; understand their brief, their needs/requirements for their team, and their ways of working.
The design team here at Studio DB works very closely with the strategy team. First, we need to understand how our clients want to work. This is picked up from strategy, and from that, we bring it into documentation.
The concept phase is predominantly where I as a Senior Designer form the initial idea. I can absorb just enough of the core ideas and drive the design into a creative process. However, the developed design stage is where it gets exciting as this is where we start to get a clearer picture of what the space will start to look like. We bring materials, 3D renders, types of finishes, etc., and present this to our clients for them to be able to visualise the space coming to life.
It is a common assumption that people think that being an interior designer is just about designing things to look nice. It is much more than that.
After our developed design stage, we begin the construction documentation. This is where our technical skills come in. Our documentation is projected to the projects team allowing the construction to begin. That documentation set will be what they use for tender consent and construction.
Ultimately, designers are in contact with our clients throughout the entire process. We become the main contact for design-related questions/changes and are always bringing alternatives on how people can utilise their workspace design to its fullest potential.
It is crucial because you can have a strategy, and you can have people that give you the data to back up every single decision. You can easily get information about how many meeting rooms you might need, or whether a collaboration space is going to be more appropriate, but what you don't get is the overlay of how people interact in those spaces. That is where design comes in.
For example, there is a meeting room that is a certain size and has a requirement that is formed from a strategy piece. This is the data that comes through. But what is next? Our clients want to have information on how people will use that space. There are lots of elements to consider:
It is the additional overlay of information that designers bring in when designing a space that is considered crucial. The human aspects: how people will interact, and different usage of the elements will be the outcome of the final design.
Understanding the user is the top priority. Designers have the ability to essentially design anything, but unless you understand who you are designing for, that is the main constraint. The design needs to have a purpose. Having the end user in mind is what drives the designs I create at Studio DB.