Having an eye for good design can be learned through study. Some have a natural ability to be able to see how a space could look before it has been created.
As professionals, we talk about spatial design and being able to create functional reimagined havens for our clients. Having natural spatial awareness can greatly benefit our design process. We also need the ability to combine creative visions with our client-brief, interpret ideas in a non-egotistically way that excites and assures fulfilment of their needs and most importantly, delivers the vision on budget.
All That Glitters is Not Gold!
Home design programmes on television nearly always deliver a visually pleasing outcome to the projects featured. Superfluous commentary can however, mask the real financial implications that brought these designs to completion. Moreover, other crucial information rarely mentioned are the services and furnishings provided gratis in exchange for publicity. The identification of all such contributions could easily highlight an unrealistic budget in respect of actual deliverables of the overall design concept.
By portraying the overspend in the smallest possible denomination, the true costs appear to be brushed under the proverbial carpet! In reality, even a small percentage overspend could present an enormous financial pressure on a client. And in professional terms, could be the breaking point of a project. The actual cost of engaging various professional services can easily swallow an ill conceived client’s budget all by itself.
In the absence of television crew and the kudos of being part of a well known television design programme, would trade services and furnishings suppliers really offer such heavy discounts to the individuals? Or is it all simply about, what makes good tv?