While I haven't grasped everything tech in this new age of design (I still do hand drawings), there is one tool we use at my studio that we all enjoy:
The digital storyboard.
Now that we’ve mastered our process, we've come to love making these digital storyboards for clients. They go a long way in showing a client the style of the space. While it may take me a long time to do these boards (I don’t get to touch photoshop in my office because that’s a sinkhole of time for me that I can’t afford), my staff has excelled at putting them together. I’ll even make selections and have them put in the different pieces because it helps me to see how one item looks in comparison to another. It’s become part of the design process, as well as a representation of the end result desired.
Seeing as how you all probably use Pinterest...
I can’t imagine you having not already seen some of these digital storyboards before. They’re everywhere! And, well, I think we just so happen to do them very well. ;-)
I just love how they look, especially compared to those I created in the past— the ones where we would cut and paste photos of products and pieces of fabric on a board. With these digital versions, I feel like we’re composing little pieces of art!
After a lot of research and experimentation...
We’ve decided that we prefer our storyboards to have white backgrounds. I think it just makes the product feature better on the page. Yes, it takes time to photoshop out the backgrounds of each image we add onto our board, but… it’s so worth doing. It creates a better rendition of the style and concept of the space we’re previewing, and it also makes for a cleaner, more graphic looking board. Also, we take into consideration the scale of pieces adjacent to each other, the prominence of each piece in the room, and the featured product that will really make a style statement. They go a long way to show a client the ambience, structure, and feel we are looking to achieve.
I just can't resist…
I have to show you some of the boards we’ve recently produced — ’cause they’re just that good!
Here, take a look: