The Sketch Design phase follows on after the Analysis phase.
After digesting the analysis information and considering the opportunities and constraints the designer is able to test their thoughts and ideas through illustration. Utilising hand graphics the trained professional is able to accurately assess scale and form and will set about integrating the programmed amenities and elements into the landscape in a logical and coherent manner.
The designer must consider and make allowances for all of the dynamic elements that have been identified in the Analysis phase of the design process. The designer must then communicate the physical assembly to the stakeholders whilst considering the overall vision and positioning of the project. Dependent on the specifics of the project appropriate consideration must be extended to the intended user including; seniors, children, families & disability access. At the forefront of this process is the adherence to prescribed standards and guidelines including Australian Standards.
All projects are unique by nature and must be modified to allow constructed amenities to co-exist with native flora and fauna and all natural systems including; water catchments, wildlife corridors and many other climactic pressures. The combining of human elements within natural systems is where an intimate knowledge of natural systems can be utilised to create a place that is informed by nature and controlled by design, that represents a place of beauty, interest and education, where communities can feel connected with the land and achieve an overall sense of wellbeing – ultimately a place where they want to return.
The sym. team provide the client with various alternatives and use their graphic skills to draw attention to the possibilities, often representing multiple solutions early on in the design process. Providing alternatives and creative ideas at this stage empowers stakeholders to realize all of the opportunities, which may not have already been considered and which often only present themselves early on, in the life of a project.
Affording adequate time at this phase of a the project forms the foundation for a robust Final Concept (DA) phase.