We would have never learned the event business if industry gurus hadn’t shared their knowledge. In fact, most industry professionals learn only through experience and word of mouth. So in the spirit of shared knowledge, and hopefully helping you avoid a few pitfalls, we would like to provide a few resources we believe you might find helpful. These resources are free to use and share with your collogues, clients, and family over Thanksgiving dinner. All we ask is you let us know if they helped and how they can be improved.
The Design Deck is a great tool to use with your clients to help hone in on what look and feel they want for their event experience. This is especially useful with clients who have difficulty articulated what they really want – or may not even know themselves. Go through each of the four sections slowly, discarding every card that isn’t a good fit before choosing the final cards.
The secret to success for this exercise isn’t just the cards chosen, but the reasoning behind why the rest were not. A tape recorder is useful capturing small nuances and phrases that may be helpful when developing a Design Palette. Ask your client to explain why a card is not a good fit, why it is, and so on. Before you know it, you both will be speaking the same language!
Pay close attention to the instructions above the cards. When finished, a print ready page will be created. This page will be editable to allow for you to input your own observations and creative recommendations. If you would like to purchase your own Design Deck, visit the Store below. Enjoy!
Here we have created a digital version of the Design Palette – though admittedly, still a bit crude and clunky. The idea is you can load your images saved from your desktop, images you have found from Google or created yourself, fill in the info boxes, and then click download PDF. With only a few minutes of work, and a little noodling, you will have an awesome guide to an awesome experience design – then the real fun begins. This Digital Design Palette is free to use and we consider an open source creative tool. Just do us a favor and let others know where you found it!
Click the image below to get started.