If you are planning to work with a designer, one of the smartest moves that you can make is to have a clear vision of what you want. Much of the time people don’t have a clear vision and, as a result, they may not be as happy with the final product as they would have liked. So how does one go about conveying what he or she would like to a designer?
Ultimately, the designer cannot crawl into your mind and see your vision. Odds are that your vision isn’t even as complete as you would like, however, there are steps you can take to make sure that your designer gets a clear picture of what you want. One of these steps starts with a camera.
Take Lots of Photos
A picture can tell your designer a great deal. The more pictures you take, within reason of course, the better off you and your designer will be. If you see design elements or styles that you like when you are shopping or at another person’s home, then by all means take a photo. Your snapshots can be of virtually anything. You can capture images of a type of flooring, a wall color or even a particular type of leather chair or other home furniture.
Through this means, you can dispense information without trying to verbally tell your designer what you are interested in. Opting for a more direct visual route can lead to amazing results. You will also be surprised at just how fast this moves the process along.
Rip, Rip and Rip Some More
Just as a photograph can work wonders, the same can be stated for ripping photos out of magazines. Also feel free to mark pages in a design book or magazine. This is another quick, visual way for your designer to know exactly what you want.
The Internet is Your Design Friend
Design websites are great for generating ideas, and you can easily print out pages of your favorites. There are fantastic design websites on the Internet and you will be able to find great examples of what you like, regardless of your taste or style. This is a simply but easy way for you to further show your designer your preferences and tastes.
Getting to Know You
Your designer will appreciate the wealth of information. By having a collection of photos, magazine pages and web print outs concerning what you like, the designer will feel far less like he or she is “fumbling around in the dark.” As a client, you are more likely to get what you want. In the end, this arrangement should make everyone happy.