since I am an architectural student, I would like to post some little and brief information regarding ways in creating effective architectural presentation boards.
Just follow the 20 brilliant ways below:
1. No background colour, preferably white, be plain because our focus is not on the striking background but rather on the content.
2. Use of less than 3 types of fonts, try to avoid using too many different sizes of words too to make it more formal, use fonts that are suitable (no curvy and must be easy to be understood).
3. Content (always begin with key plan to site plan and to plan (s) of the structure of your design, then elevations, sections, perspective, axonometric, isometric (sometime)).
4. Include development sketches, people love to read how you develop your idea and transform the first simple draft into final creative design in sketches.
5. Good skills in drawing manually – include rendering, shading and line weight skills to enhance the drawings and to put ‘life’ on your drawings as though it is real. Include the background and site context in drawings too. If you have drawing software and your lecturer asked you to use it, then use it. (if you know too).
6. Present your ideas in short but informative sentences (better in keywords and then you present your own ideas orally), no essays or paragraphs in presentation boards, people don’t love to read long words on boards.
7. Proper and systematic organization and composition of presentation boards, arrange all drawings, ideas (words), pictures, etc in term of its importance in the project.
8. The title should be clear that people will look at it first before going through your boards, remember no fancy colours too.
9. Remember to include your name on the boards too. If the boards are separated, then include your name on each board to show that it is your work. Be proud of your own masterpiece. Usually on bottom right hand corner of the board. It is better to have one long board rather than having separated ones.
10. Satisfy all the requirements set by your lecturers or clients. This is up to the demand of the one who will grade your work.
11. Pictures on the presentation boards should be clear and show clearly the aim of putting the pictures there too. However, pictures should not overwhelmed your overall boards. Drawings and sketches should be scanned into the file with accurate scale and with proper proportion.
12. Use the programme that you are comfortable with, that you know how to use efficiently on it in creating your boards – like Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word or Power Point (better to be the latest version, more functions). If you do not know, learn.
13. Never create all of your boards manually, no writing, no pasting, it will ruin it. If it is this way, the boards will look like collages rather than an efficient presentation boards.
14. Include your thinking (abstract) into the boards too, usually alongside with the main points (ideas) that you have stated on the boards. This will put you on top of others.
15. Provide some empty space to ‘free’ your boards. It is no good to have a board full of words, pictures, sketches, drawings squeezed together. If the lecturer limit you to certain number of boards, you can actually exceeds by one or two more, but don’t need to be too much. Remember, don’t include rubbish (non-related stuff) into your precious boards.
16. Neatness is important. After you have done your board and printed it out, do not fold them, put them in plastic folder and keep it safe till the day of submission. It is your valuable work, once destroyed, have to print again and waste money again.
17. Do not do your board at last minute work. It will totally ended up having a bad presentation boards. Try to manage your time, maybe today you will be doing on this part of boards, the other day on the others, and few more extra days for you to touch up and finalize your boards.
18. Be creative. This is the most important criteria for an architect. Try to show your creativity through the boards too, if you can. Remember, if you think you can, then you can!
19. Show which boards should come first if all your boards are separated – like Sheet One, Two, Three, …… Usually at bottom left hand corner of the boards. This will not confused your lecturers or clients as they are having look at these.
20. Try to communicate to the others (lecturers or clients or even friends) through the boards. Sound hard to get what I mean? This you have to think yourself. Your boards must attracts attention to all people (not through its striking colour, but through its content).
Any more comment or any other good ways in creating efficient presentation boards that you know, feel free to tell me about it…I would be very happy to hear your response..thanks…
By the time, I am sure that your presentation boards will be very impressive and get thumbs up by the lecturers or clients.
Remember, presentation boards are essential, it is part of architectural outcomes. Not only models, real structure built on site, drawings, presentation boards is the one that shows all in a creative way of composition of related information.
Some examples of presentation boards found from the internet:
The examples above are from different unknown authors, eventhough one of them, I know one lah…these are examples of pretty great works…take that as reference, not to copy, what you must see from these pictures are not their contents, but their composition and organization. We can do better than these!
It is actually very time consuming, but it is really fun to do presentation boards if you are really in love with architecture!