Questions to Consider

Before beginning any design project, ask a lot of questions.

Discover or develop the expectations of everyone involved before proceeding. Remember, Design is a job. Design is inspirational but requires perspiration as well. Hard work up front will pay back big in the end. Below are some questions to consider.

  • What is the desired outcome of the project?
  • What's the purpose that the product will serve?
  • Who will benefit from your project and your decisions?
  • Whats the purpose of your project?
  • Is it primarily a visual/aesthetic change or are there structural elements to consider?
  • How will the structure affect the design?
  • Are there any engineering considerations that will affect design?
  • Is it going to be walked on, climbed upon, rained on, snowed on, become frozen, baked, or just looked upon?
  • What is the long term impact of your decisions?
  • What are the consequences of a bad or wrong decision?
  • What is greater, the financial risk of correcting a bad choice or the financial risk of staying with a bad choice?
  • What is the reputation impact you are looking for?
  • What do you want to feel when you are in the space?
  • How are you wanting to be perceived? Conservative, confident, successful, frugal, brilliant, creative, risk taker, etc.?
  • Is the decision maker a trend follower or trend setter?
  • Is the end user a trend follower or a trend setter?
  • Does the decision maker have an idea already that they want to match, are they wanting someone to develop ideas for them, do they want to do something that has never existed before?
  • What are the favorite colors?
  • Do multiple products, colors, textures, etc. need to work together?
  • Is there too much or too little visual interest?
  • Is the project all new or does it need to match an existing structure or architecture?
  • What is the architectural style of home?
  • What are the styles of the homes in the neighborhood?
  • What is the price range of the home or neighborhood?
  • What product is going to be the main product/color and what products are going to be the accent color?