You know that the design of the board is as much as important as the project itself! By showing some of my architectural presentation boards , I am going to write in this post about what I have learnt with time about the presentation boards (specially from my mistakes and bad jury presentation processes!) and the softwares I use. I am still getting better each time I make new projects boards, but here are my advices for now!
Architectural boards can be used from students to present their projects to their professors, from professionals to present designs to clients or committees, or for competitions also. You are actually selling your design or idea, so you need to present it well! It must be clear to understand. Remember, a great design can look really bad if it is not presented well. Your drawings, graphics and presentation boards have all the same purpose, to communicate your project design.
→ Be sure about the size, scale and format of your boards. Check what will be the format that would be the best for your project: A1, A0..? Landscape or portrait orientation? (if you do not have a required size already)
→ Do not forget to write your personal informations! I usually write them in the beginning so I do not forget later (my name, ID, name of the project, address, etc.)
→ I have these 5 things in mind every time I start my architectural presentation boards : plans, sections, elevations, diagrams, renders. These are for me everything I need to clearly explain my projects. Of course you can add more (collages, hand-drawings, etc.) but remember that quality is better than quantity!
→ Organize your boards. Consider the story of your design and how it will be read. Imagine you are viewing this project for the first time, what would be necessary on the boards in order to be able to understand it? You need to show the progression by making a comprehensive view of the project. I usually make a quick sketch about the different arrangements I can do, so I see what will work best. There must be a relationship between the images. You can use different graphics but try to stay in the same style so it does not cause confusion.
→Your presentation boards must use graphics and text to represent your design idea. You do not need to write so much. Write what is really necessary because usually nobody reads when there is too much paragraphs. Use whatever fonts you feel that suits but do not do too much, stick to one font! Use different font sizes, for example, large font for your titles and standard size for the others. You need to be efficient with the graphics, and only use what is necessary to show your idea.
→ Make some of your best images bigger, so it attract more and can be seen from far.
→ The graphics you use and even the colors you choose are so important. They must catch the attention of the one who look. I usually choose a color (not a flashy one!) and design my boards according to this color or to its shades.
→ The background image of your boards is also important, we usually use white background (to make all the informations on it clear) but I like sometimes to try different things and use grey or really light background. Just be careful to not use a background that would not make your board readable.
→ Do not forget your north orientation and scale bars of your plans, sections and elevations! Also, number the boards so it is clear to see the progression. I also like to add my hand-sketching and development work sometimes in my architectural presentation boards.
→ Get inspired! Search on internet some great boards design. I usually search on Pinterest. I just get lost through pages to pages and I just love this, it gives me a lot of inspiration and motivation for my projects! Do not copy the ideas of others! Just learn from them.
About the softwares I use :
I use SketchUp and AutoCAD for the models, sections and elevations, Lumion and Twinmotion for the renderings or just ArchiCAD for both. But after saving from these softwares, I always use Photoshop and Illustrator to correct and adjust them, like adding the final touches! Sometimes I also use InDesign for organizing my boards. InDesign is great as you can set up pages as templates and then use them on numerous pages.
So here are my advices and My architectural Boards for now! Remember that the design of your boards are really important.
This is your project! Your idea! You need to make it so clear to communicate your vision well. The creative quality and organization of your presentation will affect how your work is received and will make it way more professional!
You have spent weeks and months on your project, leave also some time for your boards design!