Install Now- Reading, Writing and Designing
I represent most electronic devices with basic geometric shapes: circles, rectangles, squares and triangles. Most devices, such as DVDs, amplifiers, tuners and TVs, should be represented by rectangular blocks with input connections on the left side and output connections on the right side of each block. Input devices like VCRs, DVDs and DSS are placed on the left side of the drawing page, while all output devices, such as TVs and speakers, are placed on the right side in vertical columns (see Figure 1). Connect the devices appropriately while maintaining signal flow from left to right. Remember, you're not only creating these drawings in order to build the system; you also need drawings to flow and be clear, so that other people in your company can easily service and update the system.
Eventually, you will develop good design skills. A quick look at the drawings will reveal what's going on in the system. Once you show all of the electronic details of the system and develop a good style, like an artist's painting, the magic becomes visible, and your own "work of art" will depict the flow of the client's whole house system.
Designing may not be ingrained in us like reading and writing. CEDIA membership doesn't automatically bestow design know-how. We have to work hard at it. The future of our companies does not rest solely on whether we can sell and install big systems; it relies on whether we can make the systems we sell work, and work reliably. Design is the differentiator, and the reward is seeing more and more of our clients smiling.