Virtual Reality has been steadily gaining traction in Enterprise businesses, becoming a go-to marketing, training and presentation solution. As word of its amazing capabilities is starting to spread and the price continually dropping, VR has become widely available, affordable, and enjoyed by many. As a result, VR has been seen in numerous corporate industries, speaking to the flexibility and versatility that is VR. As VR is already revolutionizing businesses and their workflows, the time to start building a library of VR content to share has arrived.
Whether you are a part of the A&D community or the office furniture industry, you can benefit from having an extensive and comprehensive Virtual Reality portfolio. Being able to immerse your clients in your design rather than just settling for telling could be the difference of your client fully seeing and understanding your vision or the unfortunate and all too common feedback of “I’m just not seeing it”.
The Value of Building a VR Portfolio
Using every project as an opportunity to add to your portfolio will help you build an ever-growing library to reference for future projects. Yulio clients who have built a VR portfolio have found it helps them communicate better and more quickly with clients. Its key benefits are to:
- Help your clients see first hand how you visualize a space, your eye for design, and the process behind it, and communicate the distinctive style your team are experts at creating
- Showcase your experience in different types of spaces, including different size floorplates, different business types and creative solutions
- Speed up the sales process by reducing the number of times you would need to meet with your client by having them narrow down their requirements up front - they can point to ‘more like that’ in your portfolio to start the process
VR is a tool that will help speed up areas of your workflow to help you get to the sale in a more efficient manner. Using VR ensures that your vision will be clearly and perfectly communicated with all those involved and get to perfect communication of visual concepts, faster. Tap into the power of showing instead of telling your clients what your vision is with no ambiguity.
It can be tricky knowing where to start or figuring out the most appropriate areas in your workflow to add to your portfolio. Here are 3 tips, tricks, and considerations to help you expand your VR portfolio:
1. Do NOT Throw Away your Drafts!
It is completely understandable that you would want to include the most polished 3D images that you have in your arsenal, however, any piece of content that you have created is absolutely qualified to be added to your Virtual Reality portfolio. Whether your design is in its skeleton stages, or the amount of shading hasn’t been adjusted, sharing the beginning process of creating a beautifully rendered scene is just as valuable. In fact, being able to see your vision from its skeletal stage moving on to the black and white stage, and the pièce de résistance that is the finished product gives a greater glimpse into your creative process. It may also help you guide early-stage discussions about space viability without clients becoming distracted by color or finishes. Being able to give a brief yet effective walkthrough of every stage that you are able to execute will help you paint a story that your client can understand and desire to invest in. This leads in to the second point.
2. Add Any Projects Into your Virtual Reality Portfolio
Now, how is this different, and what does this mean? For example, when you have been in constant communication and designing for a client for a particular bid. You may have already gone back and forth five times trying to understand their vision, however, they ended up going with another designer. This situation can be quite disappointing, however, your rendering efforts can still help your portfolio. Although the scene that you have been carefully designing may not have been the best fit for that particular client’s vision, you have spent a considerable amount of time perfecting the scene and the design is still one that showcases your abilities. If you were satisfied enough to present it to a client, you can be confident that it clearly represents your design process. Add this scene into your portfolio to show your clients exactly what you are capable of producing.
3. Invest in 3D Rendering Companies with Expertise
We have previously touched on the topic of whether outsourcing or hiring someone in-house is better in regards to 3D rendering services. Whichever route you choose, being able to invest in 3D rendering services is one way to build an extensive VR portfolio. With clear and careful direction, outsourcing projects to add to your library highlights and showcases your eye for design. If you’re tight on time or need another solution to building up your portfolio, outsourcing would be a great option. Keep in mind, people in the 3D rendering service are experts at what they do, so you can rest assured that your vision will do nothing but shine.
We also understand the concern and hesitancy since it’s not built and crafted with your own two hands. Allow us to provide a different perspective. The scene would not be able to look the same without your direction in where items should go. In fact, without the vision from the designer is what makes the scene unique to the specific designer. The work is still yours as it is the vision that will drive the ultimate result. Plus, when outsourcing projects to 3D rendering companies, their sole focus is the project you gave them. It can be expected that the quality will reflect the extra attention they can provide.
If you are looking for help outsourcing rendering and VR content for visualizations, check out KiSP’s portfolio here. They specialize in low-cost solutions that can be done in tight turnaround times to help you share your vision for any project.
Here at Yulio, we strive for excellence in performance and integrity when it comes to our product, and customer service. To learn more about us and what we offer, please visit our page or take our product tour. To discover how VR can enhance your business workflow, sign up for our FREE 5-day email course.