To think of older days of design, you think of a thick, full sketchbook full of days and hours of work. You think of a skilled and creative designer who could conjure a client’s design with a pencil and a perfectly descriptive conversation. The skill, creativity and beautiful presentation are very much present in modern design. Time and effort undoubtedly remains as well, however the amount of content and quality that can be produced with that same effort has increased vastly with the progress in software that allows more designers to put their pencils aside.
Modern technology and advancements are also allowing designers to offer a full solution to their clients, bridging a gap between design and production that previously relied on networking and connections.
With software solutions more affordable and widely available, a small designer can compete with the major studios in both quality and efficiency. The simplicity and ease-of-use offered by modern design solutions allows even inexperienced designers to provide clients with beautiful and expressive designs. Meanwhile experienced designers can take a step above to create and send near photo-realistic designs to their clients within a greatly reduced timeframe.
Becoming a full solution
3D Design software has an obviously clear presence and awareness in the design industry, allowing faster design time and easier connection and correspondence with clients. However, modern software and services provide designers with an even greater connection that many are still unaware of. A connection to the manufacturing and production professionals that can allow designers to offer a full service to their clients.
Many industries have relied on an aspect of “who you know” which involves developing industry connections in order to increase your level of service. Sometimes it can be hard to initially find these connections and get your foot in the door. In the past this would have held many back but modern platforms such as goCabinets offered by Cabinets by Computer are able to quickly and efficiently connect designers and other professionals with a local manufacturer who can cut your custom cabinetry.
You won’t need to write detailed cutting lists as online platforms are making it simpler and clearer to define what you need. Simply selecting required units and specifying your custom height, width and more allows you to generate an instant quote based on your selections. You can then apply a mark-up, get your own quote accepted by your client and organise for flat packs to be delivered straight to your client.
Accessibility. That is what modern solutions have provided to more of the design industry. Up and commers are able to produce stunning designs and reduce the risk of losing a client. All studios can now upsell to their clients a complete solution by not just designing a stunning kitchen but by sending the cabinetry straight to their door. The days of pen and paper may conjure fond memories but the present and future has eyes on the screen.