It is all in the details (2)
Singapore 24th September 2010
It’s all in the details…. I blogged about the interaction between lighting designers and other project consultants such as the interior designer, the architect, making sure we get the detailing of the lighting properly integrated. Today I want to talk about the other side of detailing, which is the implementation of the lighting details into “politically correct” drawings and documentation. Getting a common understanding with the team and client on the lighting concept and the related details is one thing, getting the details converted into drawings and document that are consistent and clear for coordination and construction is another thing.
I spent the day checking through a stack of our drawings that we need to issue to the site team to make sure the drawing quality and the detailing of the lighting design was up to par. It takes an experienced eye to notice small discrepancies, oversights, mistakes or other inconsistencies. Whatever stage we are in, concept, design development or technical documentation, we have to make sure our issues are as good as possible. Unfortunately tight deadlines push us to rush things out and invariably mistakes are made, details are overlooked. Light fitting codes that do not match, circuits that are wrongly looped, missing lights or incorrect positioning are some of the little details that come out when checking. Only critical checking by an experienced person who is fully aware of the lighting concept is able to spot these.
A lot of the time however it is little details that have nothing to do with the actual lighting design, but with inconsistency in the quality of the drawings. I am talking about line thickness, font type, consistency in the scale of details, clarity of notices, things that make reading a drawing easy and leaves no doubt about what is shown. Presentation is key. If the quality of the drawing documents is visibly bad, mistakes are obvious, the impression ensuing from it is that the lighting design is probably lacking as well.
First impressions count and the small little details can make all the difference…