If you've been hanging with the pack of designdawgs lately, you'd be aware that No. 10 of my Top 10 Things to Know About Event Design is that inspiration is everywhere -- architecture, interiors, fabric, super market shelves, car washes, etc. I'm happy to be able to now give you a perfect example of this!
For the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation on the USS Midway in San Diego, I presented a design proposal that naturally contained a treatment for the main stage.
But when I actually sat in the space -- which was a hangar bay on the aircraft carrier, what I'd proposed didn't feel right. I asked the clients if I could redesign it. I kicked some ideas around but nothing seemed to stick. Then, while in Palm Springs on New Year's Eve Day I saw the building that's in the photo above. I took out my camera and snapped this shot.
Two days later, this rendering was born. The client immediately loved it. I knew I had designed a bigger stage than my original quote and the cost was way more, but I couldn't change my pricing. Working with Ruben Sierra, production manager of AOO Events, we found ways to make it work.
The final stage. That's Dan Fouts, a former All-American quarterback with the San Diego Chargers, on stage as emcee. You can clearly see the influence of the lines of that building in Palm Springs!
Moral of the story -- be aware, be open to inspiration, and always have your camera charged and ready to go!