Posts Tagged ‘process’

Going the Distance for Office Theming – Working with a Business in Canada

February 28th, 2018

The IDS head office is aaall the way up north in Calgary, Canada. To some that can seem like a long way to do business, but with the technology available to us, and the right people managing your project, we have it figured out. The 300 offices we have already themed are proof of that.

We make use of the latest technology to make you feel like you are right here with us while we build your office theme. Through online meetings, phone calls, e-mails, and in-progress photos, we make sure we stay connected. We also have a full fabrication shop in South Florida.

Traditional sketches and designs begin every project so we can come up with a tangible design you can actually see. We create virtual 3D models for all our props to ensure that what you see is what you get. With these digital models of your theme, you can visualize your props before they are even sculpted.

We will guide you through every step of the office design so you feel connected and confident that the work we do matches your vision, regardless of distance.

“I felt like I really had a sense of what I was doing in my office. From the online meetings and the markups that explained everything from colors and foliage, to the 3D models of my characters, IDS really created a complete picture. I didn’t realize I was going to see my whole office before it was built. I was so excited to see every new email you sent.”

– Dr. Tim Verwest

In 2017 we completed our first UK office in London and in 2018 we will be theming a hospital in Saudia Arabia. Distance isn’t stopping us from theming all over the world!

If you’re still feeling nervous you can come and meet the IDS Team at trade shows including the AAPD Annual Session. We attend every year with samples of our products. We love meeting our clients in person too! You can check out our trade show schedule on the bottom of our contact page.

 

IDS Experts – Dental Education Stations Engage Patients While They Wait

May 30th, 2017

As an expert at designing displays for museums and engaging children in educational activities, I know how to attract people to focal points, create a safe and interactive environment, and make education a fun activity.

Educating the public is a skill. Whether it’s for museum visitors or dental and medical patients, the same rules apply.

Here are the questions I ask myself during every project we create here at IDS:

  • Will the target audience be engaged and find it appealing?
  • Is the content clear and are the learning outcomes relevant to what you want to express?
  • Is it durable, safe, and robust enough to handle children?
  • If there are moving parts or any electronics, is there a plan for ongoing maintenance?

Part of the education we provide is through interactive displays and education stations. These are a great way to engage both children and adults and can be a fun way to draw people in for a more appealing and memorable dental experience.

Our latest tool for helping dentists educate patients is the Education Station. Whether it’s a feature in your waiting room, or a dedicated educational room filled with different stations that teach various aspects of dental care, there is a lot we can teach young patients about their teeth.

These stations include great educational tools like:

  • A giant model of a mouth so children can learn how to brush and floss their teeth.
  • An interactive station lets them touch and smell giant teeth with stinky cavities.
  • Microscopes that reveal real plaque up close while an illustrated graphic explains why plaque is bad.
  • A custom quiz app tests their dental knowledge.

Using touch, smell, informative visuals, hands-on tutorials, and electronic games, Education Stations are engaging for different ages and will be appealing to different learning styles. Patients are given a new level of education that they might not receive at home.
 

Designing interactives that are strong enough for kids.

I often need to ask questions such as “what is the best case to protect this tablet’s screen from damage?” and “what size of screws are needed to keep this item secure?”. I ensure that the interactives we add to office environments are durable enough for everyday wear and tear from children while still delivering the fun or educational message you want to convey.

As a company, we focus on details that may seem insignificant to some, but to us, they are extremely important and can transform an office from typical to extraordinary.

From our artists to our engineers, we pride ourselves on the level of expertise each team member brings to the projects we create. Our experts want to offer some insight into their work and offer professional advice to help your dental office reach its full potential.

April
Pre-Production Manager
Exhibit Design Diploma
Joined IDS in 2011