Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Four by four. Basic design and planning principles from Interiors & Lifestyle Futures.

Four project level design management tips

  1. Always do your market research as part of the design process. The main reason for a design failing in the market place is not understanding customer requirements.
  2. The early stages of the design process are the best time for change . They don’t cost too much.
  3. Make sure you regularly review the design process against the design brief and specifications.
  4. Keep track of all improvements/changes to processes and technical performance identified in the regular reviews and final evaluation. This will be of major benefit to future projects.
Four general planning tips 
  1. Identify resource and equipment needs. For example, admin support, storage, technical information and external specialists.
  2. Set key dates for specific objectives and tasks including start and finish dates. Plan design activities, establish overall targets for the design team and monitor progress.
  3. Fix a project budget plan for all costs including any external funding elements.
  4. Have an effective system of management information for control purposes with good communications in place.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Meet our newest ILF businesses

The latest batch of entrepreneurs completing the Interiors & Lifestyle Venture start-up programme are pictured at Birmingham City University’s Parkside Building.

The group is setting up a range of design businesses that include specialist clothing, jewellery, ceramics, interior design and large scale build installers.

Anna Peacock who is setting up her own interior design business said that the ILF team had helped her turn her life around. "I had to change my career plans a few years ago. ILF not only helped me plan the running of my own business but through them I have also found part time employment with one of the companies of the Interior & Lifestyle Futures network."

The next phase of the ILF Venture programme begins in autumn 2014 and further details are available by emailing info@ilfutures.co.uk.

Back: ILF's Kathryn Burns and Ruth Edwards
Row 2: Rosemary James (VV By Rose) Sid Edwards (Ripseam) Agnieszka Maksymiuk (Maksymi.uk)
Row 3: Jake Lovell (Stax Creations) Anna Peacock (Anna B Pavone) Jasmine McKeever (Little Jasmine) Kay Taylor (Life of a Lemon)
Front : Nahida Mahood (Nahida Mahmood Designs) Mpho Sekhonyana (Hartjies)) Sahiba Kaur (Cityscapes)