At Creative Global we know about great stand design and how much effort goes into getting each of the different aspects just right. To help shine a light on the process of taking a client brief into a real concept, we asked our team for the most important things to look out for when designing a stand.
It’s amazing how often this can be overlooked! A good design maximises all of the available stand space, including the area above it. Paying attention to this space is critical and can really help an exhibition stand pop-out and get seen from a distance.
If the space is available to be used, use it!
Another area that often seems to be an afterthought, paying attention to your stand’s flooring can really make a huge difference.
The right flooring can help a brand design flow, define the stand as a space within the hall and be played around with to create unique features
Tailoring your stand design to your target audience is not always as simple as it sounds.
If for example your primary aim is to present a range of products to potential customers, you would want to pay careful attention to display cabinets, shelving, lighting, and leaving enough room for customers to browse.
If you’re more service based, you may benefit more from a design that conveys information regarding what you do and incorporates private meeting areas.
Think about your aims and target audience prior to the concept and you’ll benefit at the show.
Don’t overdo the text
When you’re trying to tell potential clients about your services it can be tempting to put as much information as possible into your stand design, but this is often a mistake. When it comes to text on a stand design, less is always more.
In general, make the text short and snappy. Bold statements with the key information you want to present to attendees work well as a feature of the design and keep their attention better than long lists of services you provide.
You want your stand to engage people, once engaged you can tell them about your services, which they will take in far more than having to read it from your stand.
Let there be light
Lighting is one of the main components that can really make a stand pop. Incorporating the lighting into the lines of the design and key stand-out areas can help to create a bright stand with a stylish and modern finish.
Behind the scenes
One of the practical considerations for a stand design is incorporating storage without making it obvious.
Between the bottles of water, handbags, promotional items and jackets you really need a space to be able store your essentials. Leaving your personal items around the stand is not only insecure, but it also looks untidy and impacts upon your brand presentation. This is especially true for smaller stands where it becomes far more noticeable.
We are living in a material world….
Using different materials and textures is a great option for making your stand unique. From high-gloss plastic to metallic panels, polished wood to fabric details, playing around with different materials helps to create interesting contrasts and lines within your design, and make your stand unique enough to rise above the crowd.
Getting the balance of furniture right in a stand design is always a difficult task. Not only does the furniture need to fit the style of the stand, but you also need to pay close attention to whether you have the right amount and whether it restricts the flow of visitors. A great solution to this is having a separate meeting room/area on your stand, giving you a quiet, professional space to get business done, while keeping the rest of the stand uncluttered and open.
Being aware of how people will flow around your stand is an important aspect of every design. Depending on the space you have, your stand may be completely detached and open, or have 1 or more walls due to other bordering stands, therefore each space needs a different approach.
A good general approach for a small/medium stand is to have a front counter from which your staff can great and qualify attendees, while leaving clear access behind for good leads to get closer to your product display and sit down to chat with other colleagues.
Certain companies and industries need a very product focused stand, and this is where the design of the product display is essential. A simple shelving system or plinth is a starting point, but to really make your products shine you should be thinking about incorporating it within the display, making it pop with creative lighting, and paying careful attention to the position of the product on the stand.