Temporary architecture design is one of the more interesting challenges a person or a company can take on. From exhibits to booths, there are plenty of reasons to put together a high-quality, temporary structure. If you're planning such a project, here are four tips you'll want to remember.
Be Clear About Your Purpose
Especially when consulting with a professional, it's important that you can explain the purpose of what you're doing. There's a big difference, for example, between the needs of a semi-permanent museum exhibit design job and one that involves trade show design. You'll make different decisions (right down to something like the choice of colors) depending on whether the situation calls for drawing attention or involves routing visitors to a location.
Think About Assembly and Disassembly
Particularly when you have a booth design that's going to go up and down at least several times a month, you don't want assembly and disassembly to become nightmares. This means the design has to emphasize simplicity going in both directions.
Don't assume that knowledgeable folks will always be handling the job, either. If you need to hire someone to take your place, for example, it's best to have a design they can easily pick up. Similar concerns will apply if you need to expand the number of booths or exhibits you intend to operate.
Keep the Parts Simple and Replaceable
Few things are as frustrating as not having a replacement part on hand when you need to put up a booth. Things break, and they wear down. If at all possible, try to maintain a reserve supply of parts.
You should also use as many replaceable parts as possible. Oftentimes, supporting sections of a booth design will be hidden anyhow. Make sure the design only uses parts you can find at any hardware store.
Likewise, make sure you can work on every piece with replaceable tools. You don't want to be looking around for an odd type of Allen wrench two hours before a booth or an exhibit needs to be up.
Think About the Visitor
It's a good idea to do a dry run with people who haven't used your setup before to see what annoys or inconveniences them. Some folks might want to walk around certain items in an exhibit, for example. Also, you'll want to make sure people can't easily get access to areas where they don't belong. Redesign the setup accordingly as issues are discovered.
For more trade show design tips, contact a company such as Arc and Co.