Design Facilitation: IDS and the Art of Designer Support
One aspect of the work IDS does that is often invisible but is crucial to the success of the organization is our support of the design community. We call the methodologies involved with our collaboration with designers “DESIGN FACILITATION.”
Design Facilitation involves IDS applying its expertise in fabrication, documentation and project management to the designer’s process.
Architects, designers and planners often need help from specialists but have a difficult time finding outlets for engagement.
The IDS approach is built around making collaboration easy to understand and communicate.
IDS has built a series of Design Facilitation tools that has been applied to a number of major projects in the last year including large landmarks, wayfinding projects and exhibitions. This includes:
IDS has experience with many areas of fabrication. When IDS begins working with a designer we encourage collaboration to create a strategic plan outlining possible fabrication, lighting and technology opportunities that designers can incorporate into their design process. The plan provides both IDS and the designer a medium to communicate to the client the capabilities of the project.
For the Mercantile on Main Building we worked with the renowned agency Partners + Napier to introduce design intervention ideas early in their conceptualization process. This collaboration helped to enhance the famous Rochester landmark.
Designers are expert at design intent, providing conceptual ideas, explanatory text and graphics to better understand a project. IDS has built its visualization capacity to better support them by embracing 3D modeling technology. This allows the designer and client to see the IDS interpretation of their intent which can be approved and shared with the client.
Cultural designers Starr Whitehouse and EGD experts C&G Partners already had a strong design approach for Empire State Trail Landmarks. IDS developed dimensional visuals to explore and confirm details.
Elon Musk built SpaceX into an enormous success in the past ten years by utilizing a form of Design Thinking called Iterative Testing, or the use of frequent prototypes. IDS also uses prototypes as a central part of our process for cost analysis, durability, and overall look.
When working with LaBella Associates, IDS made extensive prototypes of sign and graphic elements before installation in RIT’s Global Cybersecurity Institute building and exhibition.
Many projects break down because of communication mistakes. IDS has worked to correct that issue by creating guidelines and databases that convert designer intent into tools that can be used during fabrication, installation and ongoing sign management. With our digital documents and cloud-based software communication this is now a simple process.
At Syracuse University, IDS utilized cloud-based software to manage communication of locations and message schedules between architect EDR, IDS and the University.
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