When it comes to working on the industrial design of an upcoming commercial project, it is important that you have covered the basics before you even think about embellishing it a little. It is easy to tell when a designer has incorporated the basics and when they have jumped right in with all of the great ideas they have come up with – it shows in the finished product. But what are the basics and how can you incorporate them?
- Goals: The first thing that you must do is familiarize yourself with the ultimate goals of the industrial design project. You must keep in mind that, while there is often an overriding goal for a single project, there are a number of smaller goals that must also be achieved for it to be considered a success.
- Research: The next thing that you must do is research the location and all the specifics of the project. Make sure that you are familiar with local codes and building regulations, as this will let you know what is and is not possible in your design. You should also look into similar projects to see how they tackled the various challenges presented.
- Cost: The third thing that you must do is look at ways that you can control the cost of the industrial design project, as it can be very easy to let your budget get out of hand. You should also look at ways that you can reduce the costs of running the finished product, such as lessening water and energy consumption.
- Experience: At this point, you should begin evaluating your own experience as a designer and determining whether you will be able to effectively undertake the project. If you feel that your experience is lacking in a few areas, try finding people who you can ask for advice or bring in for a second opinion.
- Specialists: The final thing that you must do is critically look at all the aspects of your industrial design and begin thinking about the specialists you will need to ensure that part of the project is perfect. It is likely that you will know people who can help with these areas, so endeavour to book them in early.
Whilst many who work in industrial design see the above list of basics as being more of a hindrance than a help, the fact that they have left most (if not all) of them out will be more than a little obvious in the finished project. Even if it adds an extra day or two onto your project schedule, it will be worth it in the end when your building is far superior to one designed by someone who decided to throw the above basics out the window.