This week time management and design processes have been very important. Projects had to be on schedule and ready for reviews on specific days, while also being sure to attend design in-house furniture meetings and keeping in contact with other design colleagues. Being sure to create a schedule for myself has been most helpful. Having reminders of what due and where I need to be at specific times has allowed me to relate back to my academic studies in my past years at UK. Staying organized at school has helped me to better understand how to stay organized out in the workplace. Working with other designers to better the outcome and over all project organization has really come to show that the best work is produced from a team that works together. Understanding how people work and understand the projects in different ways shows that having more than one voice of opinion and different suggestions creates a better project in the end. Relating back to my academic studies at UK, getting advice from the teachers and other fellow students has ultimately resulted in a more positive outcome on many past projects as well as seeing how this works in the real time workplace environment.
Having this type of experience this week allowed me to better understand how the organization of different types of materials can better reflect on how and where they will be placed in a project. After working diligently on a project that will be located in Germany, I learned that grades of materials in a government building are actually very different from the everyday materials we may see and use everyday. Only specific materials are allowed and will be excepted when designing such buildings. Understanding more about how and where these graded materials go, I was able to help a veteran designer create a space that was breathtaking to the view and will benefit the occupants in more ways than can be explained. Materials in a government environment are used for more than a visual presence, but rather a purpose.
Using my visual skills to pull selected colors has been beneficial to the outcome and aesthetic of this project. Only using a vital three colors, I was able to research and search through materials by some well known textile companies for the most vibrant and durable materials that are acceptable to use. Keeping in close communication about where to find some of these pieces was critical. There are no ordering materials online; it is solely done over the phone. By now having my CAC card I am able to enter into a secured government system and look into past projects to see what best fits in that space and how it all related back to the sole purpose of the project. I found that the designer I am working with liked materials she had used in pasted projects because she understand how they look in a space and how that will work and reflect more than just a visual presence.
This week has given me the opportunity to work and communicate closely with a veteran designer. I was able to talk to her about why I pulled the specific materials I did, while using the correct design language. I can’t thank Colleen enough for allowing me the opportunity to work on such an amazing project located over seas. She has allowed me to better understand what materials can and can’t be used and what will be aesthetically pleasing as a finished project. Ultimately hearing that I had done a great job on finding the exact materials she and I had pictured was astonishing. I look forward to working with Colleen in the future with this project and hope that I am able to experience this space sometime in the future.