Audiovisual (AV) systems have the power to optimize business, revolutionize learning, inspire new marketing techniques, and change the way consumers see a brand. AV technology is breaking new ground around the world and inspiring innovation in numerous industries, from healthcare and retail to education.
As an audiovisual integrator, we help our clients realize the benefits of technology by designing AV systems that meet their technological, aesthetic, and budgetary needs. End users and decision-makers, IT departments responsible for managing or even installing AV systems, and professional integrators alike can benefit from working with an AV designer to ensure the systems specified are a good fit for the space and the organization.
The Essentials of Great AV Design
There are many factors that affect the mechanical, electrical, and structural aspects of a great AV system. AV design encompasses these requirements, from the placement of the screens and loudspeakers to the control system deployed. Of course, these requirements vary from industry to industry—and even from venue to venue. However, even as these requirements change, the fundamentals of good AV design remain the same across projects.
The First Steps Toward AV Design
Developing AV design for a classroom, business, restaurant, hotel, or retail outlet can be complex. It involves many moving pieces and players to be successful. The first step toward designing your AV system is to draw or acquire the blueprints of the venue, including floor plans and ceiling plans. You’ll also need equipment details, schedules, and risers. Finally, you’ll need technical AV system drawings, showing control system user interfaces and signal flow. Rely on an experienced AV designer or consultant to assemble your drawing package—it’s the most important step toward getting the AV systems right.
Delve into Design: What You Need to Know
An AV system is only as good as its design. Different rooms and usages require different AV designs to work seamlessly for their intended purpose.
Classroom AV design, for example, connects students with remote instructors, introducing them to ideas and people to which they would otherwise not have access. AV systems for the classroom should focus on stimulation, excitement, and engagement, as well as learning and enrichment. The design could include document cameras, electronic whiteboards, and video conferencing technology to connect with global students.
A retail outlet, on the other hand, may require distributed sound systems to create a specific ambiance through music, paging systems for emergencies, and digital signage for branding.
Even with the differences in mind, most AV system designs must take the following into consideration:
With these elements in mind, you should be able to tailor your AV system to your clients’ exact needs.
Remember, even the most high-quality AV components can offer poor returns for the customer if the equipment isn’t part of a well-conceived and executed design. But with expertly designed AV, you’re in a position to create a connected, collaborative world.