A glimpse into my headspace…
I’ve always had a gift of seeing things in three-dimensions and understanding how the parts and pieces can come together. Whether that shows up in loading the dishwasher (or drying rack in our case); loading trucks for national tours, or constructing sets in a theatre; working on my hobby – building metal earth models; integrating design components in a BIM model, or most recently planning for our move into our new flat.
This tends to frustrate my lovely girl to no end, but she knows that I have my process, and she’s come to appreciate the outcome (at least that’s what she tells me). I’ve come to lean into it as a superpower. @roseknows likes to call me “spatial.”
On this recent episode of “Captain Spatial” (it’s a working title…), I wanted to try to use my iPad instead of just graph paper, scale ruler, and a pencil. I started working with an app called Morpholio Trace. Quite a powerful tool, but mostly still pencil and scale ruler. Helpful, in the initial layout, but got more complicated with multiple revisions by my interior designer and creative lead, Sweet Heather. As I’ve matured, I now value more accurate dimensioning, especially for maximizing small congested spaces. So I shifted to a new app, Interior Design for iPad, which I’ve been very happy with it’s capabilities. I’m not using it to design colors or textures; as my main focus is the physical space layout (does it all fit).
I started with a pdf ground plan of the apartment and scaled it, while modifying it to the actual gross interior dimensions I took of each room. Then (here’s the frustrating part to Sweet Heather), I measured all of our home furniture, the Interior Design app allows me to choose items from it’s internal library of assets, and them customize and modify them to accurately represent our inventory. Then I was able to place and adjust the layout multiple times, to the wishes of my Art Director.
The best part of Interior Design app is the 3D views it gives you, whether in “doll house” view or “walkthrough” view. It allowed us to really get a feel for the new space and make many decisions in advance of the movers coming on Saturday.
We will see this weekend if my well-made plans worked or not. There’s always room for adjustment and error, but having a well thought through plan to start with, combined with the agility and flexibility to adjust to unforeseen events, is always a good approach to any project, whether personal or professional.
Wish us luck this weekend! Send happy thoughts.