This week has been fun. I am making the schedule for all of the furniture to be delivered to Transylvania by the first week of August. I have spent some time this week familiarizing myself with brands such as KI and Keilhauer. If you want to do any commercial or institutional design work, those are two brands that I would recommend knowing. They have a lot of furniture that is designed for durability and practicality.
There are some people who will surprise you in this business. The Transylvania budget didn’t allow for any art to be displayed on the walls. So one of the board members called Gail and told her he would like to give her $20,000 (out of his own pocket) just to put art on the walls!!! It’s nuts! So I am currently printing some pictures for artwork that Gail found for a proposal for early next week.
Yesterday, we had the Duralee representatives come and talk to Gail and I. We got to talking about how important technology is to businesses and how it is very important in today’s world of business. He had recommended that you sent packets of flower seeds to your previous clients every year, Christmas cards, even just random cards. This is a great way to generate business from clients that already like your work. They said that people use the internet and want to know the upfront cost of everything know days. They prefer to see invoices of things, which I guess in yesterdays world was totally unreal..nobody did that. It was interesting to see the generational differences between myself and Gail. Five years from now the market will be a totally different realm of clients that Gail will have to adjust to. It just shows how important I think it is to keep in touch with trends and be aware of the client base. Otherwise it can be a huge strain on your career.
Oh and Lindsey came to visit! It was awesome….